Selling a Forest West Cleanup Project

Rehab complete, this cleaned-up 1975 Forest West home is back on the market, a full year after its last sales effort. Two weeks ago, the property re-listed with a new agency at $189,000. A previous listing would have sold for $109,500 in May 2011 but dropped the price to $95,000 before ending its summer run in August.

The Colonial-style entry, a nod to the nation’s Bicentennial run-up, maintains its broken-pediment tailoring. But renovations in the interim changed a bunch of other things: adding granite in the kitchen and bathrooms, swapping out tile and carpet throughout the home, removing wallpaper and painting over paneling, repainting inside and out, and replacing the hot water heater, kitchen cabinets, exterior French doors, and all the sinks, tubs, and toilets.

And, in lieu of furniture, adding a few discreetly placed potted plants for the photo shoot.


The foyer is a crossroads of sorts. Head upstairs to one of the 4 bedrooms, hit the combo living-dining room across the front of the house, or veer into the family room, located in a single-story space running side-saddle to the otherwise 2-story house.

The once-paneled family room has a vaulted ceiling, a brick fireplace, built-in shelving, and large aluminum-frame windows facing the street and side yard. French doors lead to a patio and the back yard:

There’s an informal dining area on the way to the kitchen, which has stacked-back hanging cabinets above a prep-and-service counter top. (There’s no overhang for a breakfast bar.) The utility room is at the far end of the lineup:

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a private bathroom with closet access and a split double vanity:

Of the 3 secondary bedrooms upstairs, this one has its own door into the shared second full bathroom:

The other 2 bedrooms use that bathroom’s hallway door:

Off the kitchen, a fence and covered walkway connect the 2,357-sq.-ft. home to its 2-car garage.

The lot, about 8,400 sq. ft., is located midblock on a street with a cul-de-sac, in the northwest section of the pool-as-amenity neighborhood, which has a $148 annual fee.

2 Comment

  • I prefer viewing an empty house like this one.

    I also like the plants, and the variety is interesting.

    I do wonder though, why they did not put an overhang on that bar in the kitchen.

  • Nice, but it is too close to the bayou and may have aluminim wiring because it was built in the mid 1970’s.