Monday, October 09, 2006

Autre Temps, Autre Moeurs

Well, the Growler has seen the ultimate proof that this neighborhood just isn't the same place anymore.

Two Federal-era brick homes in the 500 block of N. Columbus are being offered for sale by Sotheby's for $1.55 million each, and one — the house where the late community activist Helen Miller was born nearly 90 years ago — is already under contract.

Investor Steve Stylianoudis (he's well-known up in the Braddock Place community) and his wife Vallery bought the houses at 508 and 510 N. Columbus for $341,000 and $360,000 respectively back in October 2004. To read the brochure, it sounds like they spared no expense with the renovation:

Every room is outfitted with the best materials and finishes available today including: private elevator, lavish bathrooms with 24 karat gold-plated and crystal accessories, gourmet chef's kitchen, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, landscaped backyard complete with patio, private deck, secure gated parking, in-law suite with separate entrance and state of the art energy efficient systems. A rare find in this most-desirable and convenient neighborhood.
The Growler is more than a little amused by the elevators. It doesn't really make the house officially accessible, since there are still stairs to navigate up or down to enter the houses. And the price seems outrageous for what is essentially a three bedroom house with an extra kitchen. But hey ... sometimes nothing succeeds like excess.

So check it out — and try to imagine what Mrs. Miller might have had to say about this ...