Cardinal Lane

Oakhurst is all about potential. With its proximity to downtown and the Trinity Vision Project, values have nowhere to go but up. It’s been almost exactly one year ago that we visited Oakhurst, and in that period prices have held steady, but there is a catch — houses move quickly here. The Maple Street listing we covered was under contract before we could post. So I jumped on 2107 Cardinal Lane when it came on the market a mere 24 hours ago.

John P. King and Henry King began developing the neighborhood through their Oakhurst Land Company, Inc. in 1923 and their vision remains true today. (more…)

Things aren’t necessarily what they appear at street level.  From the corner of Irwin Street and Forest Park, 2301 Irwin Street appears to be just the sort of charming, one-story Craftsman-style bungalow one would expect to find in Mistletoe Heights.

I continue to marvel at the variety of venerable Near Southside neighborhoods — Berkley, Park Hill, Fairmount, Ryan Place, and Mistletoe Heights — connected one to the other, of approximately the same age, and each with its own distinctive character. This 1924 build exudes period appeal beginning with the front arched entry vestibule, which seems to push itself forward to welcome visitors from a rhythmic procession of interesting roof lines.

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Occasionally an exceptional listing — a perfect combination of unique, beautiful architecture, landscaping, location, and pricing — leaps out and demands your attention. And evidently many others agreed with me. Listing agent Martha Price thought the vintage, thankfully un-updated baths and the one-car garage might potentially make 2200 Winton Terrace a bit of a slow mover. Still, she priced the 1929 Spanish style house at $250 per square foot — the median per-square-foot price for Park Hill these days. The result? Only listed yesterday, it had eight near back-to-back showings and got a full price offer. (more…)

Up and ComingLooking for a first home in an older neighborhood at a reasonable price point?  Or are you on the hunt for value with the greatest possibility for maximum appreciation? There is still value in Fairmount if you’re willing to look hard enough and undertake a major project. But if you have the pioneer spirit and want to get in on the ground floor, you might take a look at three up-and-coming neighborhoods. (more…)

One doesn’t want to be parochial, but one can’t fail to take an interest in the goings on on one’s own street. Move-in ready isn’t a term necessarily associated with Elizabeth Blvd., but since its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the area has been undergoing a steady process of re-gentrification.

Exterior modifications are verboten. However interiors are fair game for updates. Whether or not that’s a good thing naturally depends on the taste of the owner. Happily, 1107 Elizabeth Blvd. couldn’t have been more fortunate in its present owners, who have modernized the 3,718-square-foot, 1919 house with taste and flair.

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