A Square Deal Reworked in Midtown

Once a duplex, a box-on-box 1965 home two blocks from Baldwin Park in Midtown endures as newer townhomes sprout around it. The fenced-in side lot provides some yardage otherwise missing at the back of the property, which is light on windows (at right), but big on built-in storage cubes (top). Last weekend, the freshly painted, previously updated residence appeared on the market with a $760,000 price tag.


The front door is steel in color and material. Window bars attempt to be decorative. The view east takes in a wedge of land amid a tangle of one way roads accessing the Chenevert St. bridge over U.S. 59, which is 2 blocks away. Traffic by the front of this home runs one way south. Meanwhile, the interior:

Beyond the entry, much of the first floor’s living area is open. A roll-down garage-style door appears to be ready to close down this common area’s main source of natural light through a set of French doors (above). There’s no garage.

Recent touches include fresh paint and tile floors. The 2011-remodeled home has 5,750 sq. ft. of living space, 4 or 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 kitchens. The downstairs kitchen has a dark-stained concrete countertop. Most of the appliances are electric:

The home’s exterior and trim have been painted this month, but this flip side interior wall has kept its original midcentury finish. It’s located in an extra room downstairs and was used as an office:

A staircase not pictured in the listing leads to an upstairs corridor lined by the cubes of shelving featured earlier:

More storage cubes appear in the second floor’s main room, anchored by the swank upstairs kitchen, which has marble floors:

French doors off this kitchen also face east. The listing doesn’t mention whether they lead to a rooftop terrace:

One wall of the master bedroom has 2 window blanks all set to see the light some day. New windows are being stored for now in the adjacent closet, for future owners to install or not.

At 20 ft. by 27 ft., the room has space for an entertainment zone:

A partial view of the master bathroom shows the 2 sinks but not the walk-in shower:

Described as allergy-free (there’s no carpet), the other bedroom upstairs comes with its own bathroom:

The corner lot encompasses 7,500 sq. ft.

10 Comment

  • As soon as I saw the drop-ceiling entry I said -ooooh wonder if any permits were pulled for all these additions. I can’t see the asking price of almost 800K unless it is for the land? but still…

    and the realtor needs to head back to planet Earth: “an updated corner lot home with investment potential.”

    uh, yeah… right.

  • Yet another property valued @ $450K trying to sell for $300K+ over said value….

  • oriental brutal

  • damn ugly….looks like a prison..do the bars keep people in or factors out!!!!

  • Who are these Realtors–and what are they smoking –it’s borderline malpractice to continue to ask prices so above Market Value–it makes them look incompetent and frankly obtuse –I can ask 12 million for my 600000 dollar house, but what’s the point, I’d just look like an idiot

  • Shannon: Because in Montrose, they’re getting it. I’ve listed some of our multifamily properties at “yeah right, I don’t *want* to sell but I *would* sell for…” prices and they get sold right away. It’s crazy. But the demand is insane for Montrose right now so people are selling into it.
    I’ve seen properties literally DOUBLE in the last few years. I’m not talking about since the 1980’s till today. I’m talking about from 5 years ago till today. One of our apt buildings was bought for $640k 3 years ago. It appraised for $1.5m today.

  • Good for you, Cody! Are they buying them and tearing them down? That would be sad, as it seems you are trying to save some of the multi-family housing.

    And what’s with the poles? That seems annoying.

  • The “entertainment zone” has a built-in stripper pole!

  • Kitchen on 2nd floor? Why would you remodel a place and have to carry groceries upstairs? With all the rest of the remodeling, why not remove the acoustic tile in the entry?

  • Sally: Buying and fixing up. But when we sell, it’s often to people that are knocking down. We normally don’t sell unless the city causes us to (i.e., makes us do some upgrades that are so expensive that we couldn’t make it happen and keep rents where we’d like them).
    What do you mean “What’s with the poles?” ?