photos via Gardner Realtors
This sweet little two-bedroom shotgun in the Black Pearl neighborhood Uptown just came on the market with a very reasonable $289,000 asking price. Built in the early 1900s, the 1,087-square foot pad has original cypress millwork, nice hardwood floors, and louvered shutters that actually work. Fancy folk will probably want to do some kitchen and bath renos, and for some reason the 11-foot ceilings were (gasp!) lowered to nine feet, so that could be a fun little project to tackle. There's no mind boggling laundry list of perks, but the screened in back porch is charming, there's a small yard, and off-street parking. The listing does make it a point to mention the proximity to Audubon Park and the zoo: "So close you can sometimes hear the lions from your porch," which might win the award for oddest selling point (so far). Need another example of the dirt-cheap real estate days? This place sold for $85,000 in 2001.
· Listing: 325 Lowerline St. [Gardner Realtors]