Thursday, June 26, 2014
House of the week: Victorian on Second Street
Yes, I realize that it's smack dab in Central City. But it IS an area going through much revitalization and worthy of consideration. After all, when I first moved here 11 years ago, there were houses in the Marigny selling for under $100,000 and now, you'd be lucky to find a house in the same area (and Bywater for that matter) for under $300,000.
Normally, a house like this wouldn't even be a blip on my radar, because the renovation destroyed every last architectural quality that literally says "New Orleans." Features I so lovingly cherish like exposed brick, ceiling medallions and thick mouldings are nowhere to be found. Admittedly, they left a few transoms intact but, what the builders did do is an excellent job replacing the layout with an incredibly sleek and modern design that I simply could not ignore. I mean look at this place! It's gorgeous!
So, as we were trying to decide whether or not to entertain the idea of taking such a big risk and moving to Central City, we took a little virtual trip to the house on Google Earth and guess what we found? Right across the street is a dive dubbed "Teddy's Hole in the Wall." Would you buy (and live in) this house listed for only $144,000?
Written by Kim Ranjbar