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Listed at $449K, colorful Cabbagetown ‘gem’ seeks third owner in past century

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Maybe it’s a gem in the rough, but it’s quintessentially C-town

A rickety blue house for sale on a corner lot with green grass in front and a fence at left.
Nonconformist leanings at 138 Berean Avenue SE.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Call it quirky, a throwback Cabbagetown charmer, or just a plain fixer-upper, but this property on the neighborhood’s northern fringe recalls a simpler time and doesn’t lack for backstory.

According to the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listing, the three-bedroom house on Berean Avenue was built circa 1919 (like many Cabbagetown homes) and has had just two owners since.

At least one smaller house in surrounding blocks is priced significantly higher, which is usually a pretty strong indication there might be work that needs doin’. And for most buyers, that’s probably the case.

A porch with red flooring and a green seat with a porch swing in the background.
The wraparound porch: where the porch swing meets an original stained-glass front door.

But the asking price of $449,000 for more than 1,900 square feet—a breakdown of $233 per square foot—could represent a feasible starting point. Especially in such a walkable neighborhood (WalkScore here: 85) with the Beltline, Krog Street Market, and the quirky wonders of Carroll Street within spitting distance.

It’s marketed as a historic “gem” with big rooms and period detailing. But the listing acknowledges the home’s hardly perfect in predicting it’s ready for “a charm-filled renovation.”

Time will tell if regular buyers or flippers are up for the challenge, at this price.

A central hallway and bathroom down the way.
A side hallway, where millwork is on display.
A small living room with a blue window curtain and ceiling fan overhead.
Off the entry, this living room with an old fireplace.
A kitchen with blue walls and a gray countertop.
The eat-in kitchen “boasts new laminate floors,” per the listing.
A blue kitchen with a stove and microwave.
Eat-in-ness is on the opposite side of the room.
A fireplace shown in a master bedroom, with a closet at right.
One large bedroom, of three.
A bathroom with floral curtains and purple walls.
Downstairs bathroom.
A purple bedroom with an ornate fireplace at right.
Upstairs bedroom, with another fireplace. The floors are original.
The back of a sea green house with a leaning outdoor cabinet against the porch.
’round back.