Thursday, April 3, 2008

House in the Bywater


I have been looking at buying a house for the last couple of months, and I think I have one that I am serious about. Its in the Bywater area of New Orleans, which is an old historic district. This area only got about 18 inches of water, which is not bad considering all the houses are about 2.5 - 3 feet off the ground. The house I found is around 100 years old and definitely needs some work, not 100 years worth, but one side is pretty dumpy. Its a double-shotgun, which is a style of house real common in New Orleans. A shotgun house is designed straight through from front to back, no twists or turns. Usually, the streetside property is at a premium, so they designed the houses to go back and use the lot long-ways. Each side has 5 rooms, any of which could be a bedroom or a living room, with one bathroom on each side in the back. I still haven't entered negotiations, so things are far from sealed up. I will let you know how things progress. As for now I will post a slideshow that you can view online to see some pictures, keep in mind I took a lot of pics of things that I thought looked wrong rather than all of the things I thought looked right as I want to make sure I have ammo when I go to the table. Check it out.....

5 comments:

Tony said...

That house looks cool as hell. It does look like there is a lot of work that needs to be done on it, and that is not my thing, but if it is your thing, it looks like an awesome project that you can live in.

What do you mean by "one side is pretty dumpy?" You mean one side of the central hall or the outside of the house?

Marco said...

Its a double shotgun - so there are effectively two units. One on the right running the length of the house, and one on the left. Each side is separated by a wall running down the middle of the house.

timmay said...

Dude, nice. I bet you're finding some pretty sweet deals with the whole Katrina overhang and housing correction thing...

Ryan said...

Fantastic find bud! I'm sure you'll be very happy with your mansion once you're finished with it. Taking care of a house is a lot of work but can also be a tremendous amount of fun.

Elena said...

It has a lot of potential and i already have great ideas with just the basics!I'm excited and i hope everything follows through.