Nov. 1, 2012 05:41
City vs. Country

November 2012

WHAT: A 1923 historic home in downtown Lafayette with three bedrooms and four baths
HOW MUCH: $275,000
SIZE: 2,875 square feet
SETTING: In the downtown Lafayette area, this historic home at 526 St. John St. is located in the re-emerging Mills Addition Neighborhood just off Congress.

"It's a great buy, and value is only going to go up in that area," says listing agent Amy Chachere of ReMax.

INSIDE: The Boustany home on St. John was built in the early 1920s but updated in the 1950s with hand-laid tile floors (which are still in the kitchen and bathrooms), a 1953 Model C stovetop as well as antique cabinets and chandeliers, 12-foot ceilings, wood floors and custom molding.
The home once boasted four bedrooms, but one was converted into a dream closet for the master bedroom. A sunroom, formal dining room and large foyer all add up to a great space for entertaining.

"It has so much character and charm," Chachere says. "It's like an open floor plan, which is what people are looking for now."
There is also an apartment on the property that could be converted as an income property.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The 1-acre property offers a hefty amount of outdoor living space, especially for a downtown property. A large patio and yard are made for entertaining. And trees of citrus, pine, banana and willow fill the acre.

CONTACT: Amy Chachere of RE/MAX Acadiana, 781-3397,

WHAT: A 2,900-square foot lodge in rural Breaux Bridge with five bedrooms, four baths and a stocked pond

HOW MUCH: $275,000

SIZE: 2,900 square feet


SETTING: In the rural woods of Breaux Bridge, this home at 1124 Chawee Road is a secluded hideaway that could work for vacations as well as a family home.

"It's very isolated. That's one reason it's a hard sell," says listing agent Mary Rozas of Keller Williams. "But, it's great. It could be a vacation home or a family home; it's totally private."

INSIDE: The five-bedroom lodge looks like a log cabin, but actually has siding while the interior is all pine wood.
"It's a great house, very unique. The seller is a contractor, and his wife is a real estate agent and they worked together to build it," she says. The home includes a loft area with a bedroom, bathroom and sitting area perfect for a couch and television. Just the spot for those out-of-town visitors.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The 4.3-acre property has no restrictions, making it a good spot for horses. The pond is fully stocked (and not shared) with bass and brim and includes a small dock.

CONTACT: Mary Rozas, 501-7164,

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