House of the week: Victorian cottage on Lepage St.

As housing prices rise in New Orleans, gorgeous classic homes float ever further from my financial reach. Finding a house that hasn’t had the culture renovated out of it is also becoming more and more difficult, but once in a while I’ll stumble upon a real beauty.

Located in Mid-City mere blocks from the fairgrounds lies this gorgeous, century-old Victorian cottage that I would go to great lengths to acquire. It’s got everything I covet in a classic, New Orleans abode from the huge front porch to original hardwood floors and sliding pocket doors. There are only two bedrooms and one bathroom, which is surprising considering it’s almost 1500 square feet, but I’ll gladly trade a second bathroom for stained glass, transoms, exposed brick fireplace mantles, floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors … wouldn’t you?

Like most homes on the market these days, I think the price is outrageous. But this one, listed at $479,000, seems especially steep considering its close proximity to Broad Street. Maybe the owner would be willing to halve the price for me? I know it’s highly unlikely, but a girl’s got to dream!

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