Maybe it’s the changing, cooler season. Maybe not.
But around West End and neighboring Westview, which have seen years-long real estate hot spells and prices that seemed to know no ceiling, an abundance of retooled houses is aiming to charm buyers right now, many with prices squarely in the very not-eastside $300,000s.
As noted on these pages earlier this month, some renovations in the vicinity are getting crafty with the buyer incentives—in one case, covering closing costs, home security, and even HVAC services for a year.
While it hasn’t gone that route, this updated, roomy 1935 Westview dwelling, marketed as a “classic Craftsman [with] unbuildable charm,” has undergone price adjustments, to the point it’s now asking $127 per square foot.
Located about four blocks from a Beltline Westside Trail entrance near Gordon-White Park, the home listed at $330,000 in early September and has thrice been discounted, down to $310,000 now, as listed with BHGRE Metro Brokers.
At that price, the sheer size (2,440 square feet) and bedroom count (five) impresses, although buyers expecting a showcase of HGTV trends could be let down.
That’s not to say the interior, with its 10-foot ceilings and original hardwood floors, is shabby. The kitchen’s updated, the original butler’s pantry has been morphed into a laundry and bathroom combo, and the upstairs suite lives up to its “retreat” billing.
What’s either an added bonus or remediable appendage is the included one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with a private entrance, under the same roof. With the Beltline and breweries within hoofing distance, the listing notes, the included flat could be a hit with Airbnb enthusiasts.
While properties in these historic neighborhoods appear to be lingering, anecdotally speaking, on the market longer than in recent years, it’s way too early to call anything cold.
Roughly 20 houses have sold above the $400,000 mark in the area—as high as $575,000, for a choice West End street—this year alone.
And dozens and dozens have sold in the $300,000s this year, almost all of them fresh rehabs.