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Microhomes, Overpriced Flips, Renovated Shotguns: 2015's Most Controversial Homes

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We here at Curbed are not in the business of hate-blogging. The homes we feature in On the Market, as weird as some of them are, all have something about them worth showcasing. But of course, beauty is highly subjective, and some of you really don't like some of the homes we feature. A lot of the um ... passion ... is because we're a city that fiercely protects its historic architecture, and you don't take lightly a renovation you feel doesn't honor the home's original character—and we totally feel you on that. So now, here's 10 homes from 2015 that you loved to hate the most.


↑ 10. At 936 square feet and including not much in the way of a kitchen, this tropical Fairgrounds shotgun isn't the most practical of full-time residences, but many commenters praised the home's "New Orleans feel." "Finally! A place with some personality! This looks like a little gem with tons of potential," said commenter ProNOLA. "So tired of seeing resale white walls." Others seemed to think it's an Airbnb waiting to happen.


↑ 9. Can you handle all the exposed brick of this French Quarter Creole Cottage? There also is a poorly done French Quarter-themed mural upstairs. One commenter said, "I didn't realize there was Steak & Ale left."


↑ 8. I thought posting this adorable Bywater home would be fairly innocuous, but I was wrong. One commenter called it a "disaster"; another called it a "disaster/awesome." Huh.


↑ 7. This very petite (103 square feet!) pied-a-terre in the French Quarter hit the market and asked $179,000. Just what you need for a Quarter pad, or way too much money for what is essentially a dorm room?


↑ 6. Look, I simply posed the question of whether you would pay half-a-mill to live in this rustic, renovated Creole Cottage in Holy Cross, a neighborhood considered "up and coming." I have since seen the property in person and can tell you that it's gigantic, and on basically three full lots, so you get a lot for your money. But I still stand by my opinion that the reclaimed wood is overkill.


↑ 5. Architect Jared Watson creatively re-configured this St. Roch shotgun, but commenters thought the rehab was "awkward."


↑ 4. While a local publication declared this Irish Channel home the "renovation of the year," many of you did not agree.


↑ 3. Probably one of the silliest corrections I've had to make in a post was to say that contrary what I previously stated, that functional bathtub is in the bedroom, not living room. Because the latter isn't a weird place for it. Anyway, I found this Carrollton cottage to have a lot of off-beat charm.


↑ 2. We wondered why this Marigny camelback, whose listing contained no interior photos, was asking $1.1 million. When we finally did see the inside, we were not impressed—and neither were you. Not at all.


↑ 1. There was a lot of hype building up to the unveiling of Jonathan Tate and Charles Rutledge's Irish Channel "tiny house" (it's really a "small" home, as far as square footage goes) built on an irregular lot. When we finally posted about it, people sure had a lot to say about the house—it's ugly, poorly designed, not affordable. Some commenters, however, saluted the duo's innovation.