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Lower Garden District Mansion-Turned-B&B Wants $4.5M

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Dropping $4.5 million on this Lower Garden District property means you could own a 15-room, possibly haunted bed-and-breakfast/event venue, currently operating as the Magnolia Mansion. Prospective buyers probably want to have the number of a good painter handy, though, as the pirate ship mural, swans, and "Storyville Jazz"-themed rooms don't exactly give off the "historic mansion" vibe. Poor interior design choices and blurry listing photos aside, the 13,000-square-foot spread with 15-foot ceilings and an entryway that stretches 67 feet, is packed with fun facts. Built in 1857 for cotton merchant Alexander Harris, it sold for $38,000 in 1871 and from 1939 to 1954 was local headquarters for the American Red Cross. This Prytania Street place on the edge of the Garden District is no stranger to the on-the-market scene. Public records show a sigh-inducing $395,000 sale in 1989 and in 2001 a Tina Turner impersonator (true story) bought the home for $1.3 million before selling it to the current owners for $1.6 million last year.

· Listing: 2127 Prytania St. [Gardner Realtors]
· Magnolia Mansion [official site]