Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount in various New Orleans neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s mansion? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $150,000.
St. Claude Avenue isn’t just a major thoroughfare—it’s the de facto dividing line between the trendy, pricey Bywater neighborhood and the more affordable (if dubiously named) “Bywater North” area. This shotgun single sits on Desire Street, less than a block off St. Claude Avenue. Its 878 square feet boast a classic shotgun configuration: enter the living room, then pass through two adjoining bedrooms to reach the kitchen, which sits at the very rear. Wooden floors, original mantels, and 11.5-foot ceilings bring the New Orleans charm. It’s asking $155,000.
Go a little deeper into the upper 9th Ward’s St. Claude neighborhood, and you’ll find this Craftsman shotgun single, which sits a block north of North Claiborne Avenue. The 924-square-foot floor plan places an open living area at the front, then snuggles a hall up against two bedrooms, which sandwich a bath. The master bedroom spans the entirety of the home’s rear. This is a long way to say that even though the home is a shotgun, it does offer private bedrooms. It also features a front porch, tidy fenced backyard, and a punchy color palette with pops of cobalt throughout. The asking price is $149,500.
This price point will get you a spot near the city’s toniest areas if you’re willing to sacrifice some square footage. Here’s a 650-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo at 249 Cherokee Street—four blocks from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, and walking distance from Audubon Park and Tulane and Loyola universities. It’s also very cute, thanks to its wooden floors and petite kitchen—and it sits in a gated community with a courtyard pool. The price tag is $149,000, and HOA dues are $222/month.
This renovated cottage in the St. Bernard area looks spick and span, thanks to new granite counters, laminate wood flooring, stainless steel appliances, and ceiling fans. Its 1,032 square feet include two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a large living area and kitchen. It sits on a 4,791-square-foot lot between City Park and Dillard University, and the seller is offering $5,000 toward closing costs. The price tag is $159,900.
Built in 1950, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom Gentilly cottage has been updated with a kitchen backsplash and fresh color palette—but we’re so glad the owners kept the original pastel 4x4-inch tile in the bathroom. The 1,262-square-foot home sits on a big, fenced lot, and it also features a side porch. The asking price is $155,000.
Which home for around $150,000 would you choose?
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St. Claude classic shotgun
St. Claude shotgun (with a hall)
St. Bernard two-bedroom
Three-bedroom cottage in Gentilly