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What $150K Buys Minutes West of Downtown, Near Beltline

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The listing agent doesn't bury the lede with this Craftsman bungalow in Westview, dispatching buyer-friendly keywords like "Beltline," "historic" and "beautifully renovated" in the property description's first sentence. Dating to 1930, this four-sided brick abode occupies a corner lot on what looks like a former streetcar route, in the shadow of Westview Cemetery, a few blocks from Interstate 20 and minutes from downtown. Relative to eastside neighborhoods, the $150,000 price tag is a bargain, and on the surface, it doesn't appear to want for anything essential; with 1,431 square feet, it's comparable to a larger intown condo, but with three bedrooms (beware, carpet haters), three updated bathrooms (with "gorgeous tile work," per the agent) and a kitchen featuring shaker cabinets and that rare/unheard-of waterfall of butcher block. The wide, private rocking-chair porch could compensate for the driveway-only parking, and the backyard screams for a deck. The property sold for $87,000 just six months ago, and while it may have been upgraded since, the price disparity could give an indication where the neighborhood is going.

· 1679 N Olympian Way SW [Estately]