Did shotgun homes arrive in New Orleans as a holdover from Francophone cultures? Were they a structural response to a real estate tax? Nobody really knows, not even Tulane geographer Richard Campanella—but at least in New Orleans, they loom large both in a geographic sense and in the public imagination. From the early 1800s to the mid-20th century, shotgun homes proliferated in New Orleans, and they remain its most ubiquitous type of housing today.
This Victorian shotgun double in Bywater is special because it retains its original footprint in a neighborhood where many shotgun doubles have been converted to single-family homes. An interior door connects the two units, so you could live in one side and rent out the other, or you could expand your household to occupy both sides.
There’s an 841-square-foot, one-bedroom unit, and a slightly fancier two-bedroom owner’s unit, which covers 1,232 square feet. There, you’ll find crown molding, exposed brick fireplaces, stainless-steel appliances, and a luxe bathroom with a soaking tub and vessel sink. An L-shaped configuration of rooms in the owner’s unit places the bathroom and a bedroom at the rear of the house, both overlooking a paved backyard with a funky, Edison bulb-strung patio. At $425,000, this double shotgun home is one of the better deals on the Bywater market right now.
Via: Rachel Perkoff of RE/MAX New Orleans Properties