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Owner Wants $1,300,000 For This Gutted Tremé Mansion

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An 1800s Tremé mansion that made headlines when it went up in flames in a four-alarm fire last year is now for sale, and this baby isn't cheap. A tipster passed along the listing (a for sale by owner Craigslist ad, by the way) and wrote "Notorious slumlord Joan Brooks, owner of the Empress Hotel and Queen of New Orleans Blight has listed one of her tenements for sale at an ASTRONOMICAL price!" The ask? $1.3-freaking-million. The gutted, 8,000-square-foot home currently has ten open violations in the minimum property maintenance department, according to the city's One Stop App, but, hey, at least it has a roof now? Eye-popping asking price aside, someone willing to invest a serious amount of dough in a top-to-bottom reno could turn this Esplanade Avenue dwelling into quite the jewel. But before we get all dreamy, some highlights from the listing: The "structurally sound" building with some windows that "require re-structure" has central air (!), 13 to 14-foot ceilings, a massive 78-foot by 8-foot main hallway, and a rear yard that, sadly, is paved..

· Listing: 1347 Esplanade Ave. [CL]
· Landlord's history of blight concerns neighbors in wake of 4-alarm Easter fire []