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Circa 1900 Queen Anne on Fenwick.

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This cottage sits just west of Chickasaw Gardens and obviously predates everything in that neighborhood. The houses around it, on Fenwick and Humes, all date to the post-World War II era.

The house is more rural than citified. The simple pyramidal roof is an economical shape to build, as is the square floor plan. This, and the shotgun style, are the most common small-house l doors with "Midtown" trim, which was then being introduced. These doors are commonly heart pine, and if that's the case, these would benefit from the removal of the last 100 years of paint.

The floor plan is simple but functional. There is an entry hall, surprising in a house of this scale, but the feature is a hallmark of the Queen Anne style. It would be a perfect place to add a few bookcases or even a small home office. There are three other large rooms under the main roof: a living room with a fireplace and its original ceramic heater and decorative metal surround; a dining room; and a comfortable bedroom. The living room could easily double as a guest bedroom.

The bath and kitchen are located on the original back porch. The bath has a heavy claw-footed tub and has been updated to include room for a full-sized stacked washer and dryer. The kitchen has an efficient galley layout, with a gas stove. The kitchen and bath have tongue-and-groove wood on both the walls and ceiling, which adds to the cottage atmosphere. A back porch has been added that overlooks the deep rear yard and is perfect for getting out of the house.

This is a small house, but compared to some of the new condos on the market downtown, it is seriously affordable. It's a great home for someone starting out or looking to downsize. The large lot would make it easy to add on at any time, and you could easily create a separate master suite and even a garden room adjoining the kitchen. If you're looking for the simple life, this just might be all you need.

115 S. Fenwick
Approximately 870 square feet
2 bedrooms, 1 bath; $89,000
Realtor: Sowell and Co., 278-4380
Agent: David da Ponte, 240-8474

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