A Marigny fixer-upper isn't going to be the dirt cheap steal of yesteryear, but this just-listed St. Ferdinand Street spread has character and – fun fact – jazz great George V. "Papa Jack" Laine lived here in 1917 (yes, there is an official commemorative plaque and everything!). The two-bedroom, two-bath house is currently without utilities and has a lot of dangling cords, so clearly this place needs more than just a coat of paint and a deep cleaning. On the bright side, the 1,440-square-foot home isn't crumbling away, the hardwood floors seem to be in decent shape, and there's a nice back deck with a private yard. Asking price: $250,000.
· Listing: 536-538 St. Ferdinand St. [realtor.com]