As I mentioned in another post I have been reading The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home by Karrie Jacobs. For me this is THAT BOOK. The book that was given to me at the perfect time for me to really absorb it; the book that will spur my own investigation into smart, affordable design; the book that will become the most used reference on my way towards earning the MA at Saint Louis University in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development. (Did I mention that I start working on my Master’s this Fall at SLU?)
Moving right along here are my choices for the nearly perfect $100,000 house in St. Louis.
Where: Zip Codes, 63116,63118,63109,63104,63108,63139,63111
Why: Because that is where I work.
What: Houses between 80K and 111K listed by cooperating brokers
When: Listed as ACTIVE in the MLS as of April 9, 2007
Be patient with the links, I loaded the detailed listings with extra photos. Might take a second but definitely worth it.
My original search turned up over 144 listings. Many were HUGE homes that needed to be taken down to the studs. That, I think, is another post. For now I wanted to find places that weren’t just livable but striking and updated. I didn’t put any limitations on beds, baths or square footage but most of them appear to be 1 bedroom/ 1 bath places ranging between 600-1000 square feet. Some of them I chose because they have been totally reworked with very smart design choices others I might not have liked as much in terms of the interior but the location in relation to parks and public transportation is unbeatable.