Lafayette Square is one of my favorite places in the city. It is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. The park is lovely and since it is situated between I-44, I-64 and I-55, it is easy to get to and from. It’s often thought of as one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city which is partially true. It’s one of the few areas that can support values near $1 Million. An MLS search going back to 2001 showed the highest sale price to be $988,490. That was for new construction facing the park. However there are also move-in ready homes that start in the 150s. This diversity of housing stock is one of the great things about the neighborhood. There is something for everyone: first-time buyers, move-up buyers and down-sizers. It is this variety that keeps the neighborhood vibrant.
As of today (1 July 2011) there are 33 active listings in Lafayette Square priced between $119,900 and $995,000. My favorites are highlighted below.
2150 Lafayette: $995,000. This is a renovated 3 story home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. It has 8 fireplaces, impressive woodwork, gourmet kitchen and master suite.
1838 Kennett: $799,000. This home has a working cage elevator, restored carriage house with apartment and rare courtyard. The level of finish is impressive.
9 Benton Plc: $580,000. Situated on one of the premier streets, this home has been historically restored and is one of the best values in the neighborhood. With mature gardens, screened in porch and carriage house this home has plenty of entertaining space both indoors and out.
1815 Lafayette: $495,000. This 3-story mansard has a gorgeous facade. The first floor is perfect for entertaining and the second and third floor offer ample private space. Both bedrooms on the second floor are suite style and the third floor functions as private apartment. The carriage house offers more living space and the small but private garden is impeccable.
1911 Hickory: $425,000. The first floor has an addition off the kitchen which makes a great family room. The entire second floor functions as the master suite and side courtyard has a very “my secret garden” feel.
1621 Carroll: $329,000. This is a new construction home with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and 1 car garage. Tax abated until 2017!
1915 Lasalle: $249,900. The view from the 3rd floor is amazing. Possible to build a rooftop deck here! This row house has 3 beds and 2.5 baths. Lots of updates and historical charm.
2216 Hickory: $123,900 This fee-simple town home is the perfect starter home. It has 2 bedroom 1.5 baths and a tuck-under one car garage.