Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Daily Dose of Blairmont 98

    Left and right:
  • 1420 Hebert Street (Dodier Investors LLC, October 2006, $60,000) with 1420 (alley) behind
  • 1424 Hebert Street (Dodier Investors LLC, October 2006)

May 2008

These two worker cottages are situated on one of the most dense blocks of Old North. The house next door suffered a fire last year, but the remainder of the block is still standing, with nearly all houses occupied and many renovated. Many of these homes are shown on the neighborhood's annual tour of homes, and are replete with creative interior designs and lovely backyard gardens.

In the past I've touted these two as having potential in the small-house market. Another option would be to combine the lots, and join the two houses into one with a small addition across the back.

Meanwhile, at the back of the lot, this Blairmont-owned alley house stands long-vacant and deteriorating. Right next door, a private owner has vigorously worked to renovate a neighboring alley house. Relaid brick walls, a brand new roof, and ongoing interior framing attest to the tireless spirit of Old North. Hopefully, Paul McKee will stick to the word that's been spread on the street, and sell out of Old North, allowing the rest of this block to rise to match its surroundings.

Price bounce: Again, odd doings in the sales history. Dodier Investors has been the owner of 1424 since 2006, having purchased it for $60,000. Yet it is listed as selling again for $25,000 in 2007; Dodier Investors is still listed as the owner.

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