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A Sustainable Home in a Classic Neighborhood

By Green Coast on 31 Jan 2018

A side view of the home with “Hope” mural. 
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A side view of the home with “Hope” mural.

Green Coast Realty’s Ariana Tipper loves Central City. She’s lived there for many years, renovated and sold numerous homes, and knows that the neighborhood can be welcoming place for residents.

“I first moved there because it was very affordable and I could easily walk or ride my bike to most places. But my neighbors really sold me on it,” says Tipper. “We’ve become great friends and we’ve watched many of Central City’s blighted properties come back to life.”

One such place is 2036 Seventh Street and it will be on the market as of February 1st with Tipper as the listing agent. Tulane University’s School of Architecture constructed the house in 2010 through URBANbuild, the university’s award-program that allows architecture students to design and build houses in New Orleans neighborhoods.

The house offers three bedrooms, two baths, and because it is LEED-certified, also boasts a number of sustainable and energy-saving amenities:
• Advanced insulation
• Low-emissivity windows
• Energy-Star electrical fixtures and an energy saving air conditioner
• Sustainably harvested and manufactured materials like bamboo flooring and zero-VOC interior paint.

Original and current owner, Tami Hills, says that her utility bills and are very affordable, but that’s only one reason that this professional organizer and designer has been entranced with her Central City home for many years. Hills named the house, Barbarella, after a film by the same name, because, as she puts it, “;she’s really sexy and modern like Jane Fonda in that movie.”

As you can tell from the photos, Hills is right about the house’s sleek modern architecture. With a nod to the resurgence of the community, French graffiti artist MTO created a mural, “Hope,” of two hands with fingers crossed on the side of the house. There are back and front porches and the latter features sliding panels, so you can maintain your privacy, or open up to the outside world. The floor plan is open and spacious and its numerous windows offer an abundance of natural light.

Speaking of abundance, Tipper will be hosting an open house for the property on February 1st, which Hills points out happens to be a day of abundance, according to the Mayan calendar. For Tipper, the home exhibits more substance than simply a sexy image.

“For Central City, this represents investing in one of the city’s core neighborhoods,“Tipper says. “And for the future owner, it means affordability done right with sustainability.”

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