The Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) is a vibrant community on the city’s east side. A gathering place for artists, this neighborhood is highlighted by museums, galleries, artist’s studios, art schools, cafes and restaurants. It is also home to ARTwalk, the annual Clothesline Festival at the MAG, and Second Saturdays at Anderson Alley Artists.
Homes in NOTA are largely from the Victorian era. They are classic architectural styles, many with contemporary artsy touches that add to the uniqueness of the neighborhood. Walking through this neighborhood, you’ll find one such house at 21 Delaware Street. Typical of the Victorian-era styles, the exterior features a large & inviting front porch. Behind the house is a 2-car detached garage situated next to an intimately landscaped backyard hideaway.
Once inside, you’ll immediately feel the warmth and character of this home. Walking through the front door, you are greeted by an inviting foyer with natural wood trim and floors. Here, you can either continue straight into the dining room or turn right into a formal living room. Windows off the living room look out over the front porch. Through the dining room, turn right to find a small sitting room, which would make a nice office. Just past this room on the right are the stairs to the second floor. Before you go upstairs though, walk a little farther into the kitchen. This is a truly unique space highlighted by a peninsula that emerges on a diagonal. The kitchen is bright and well-lit by large windows. The floor is a ceramic tile, as is the surface of the peninsula. An addition at the rear of the house provides a gathering place off the kitchen. In this family room are a small bathroom and also an authentic phone booth. At the rear of the house, a glass door leads to the back porch, and a staircase leads to basement.
Now let’s go upstairs. A stained glass window on the staircase casts a colorful glow on the natural woodwork. Look down at the inlaid border on the hardwood floors. At the top of the stairs is another bathroom with a porthole window and ceramic tiled floor. Across the hall, you’ll find another set of stairs that lead to the attic. A little further down the hall and on the right you’ll find a bedroom that features an additional sitting room. Turn the corner in the hall on the right will be the second bedroom. The master is straight ahead. This room was originally two rooms that have been combined into one large bedroom with two doors to the hall. Notice the exposed brick pillar in bedroom, which gives the space a unique and contemporary feel.
21 Delaware Street is being offered for $164,000 with taxes of $4,269. In all, the contemporary touches in this 1900-square foot house add to the appeal of the home and NOTA. But don’t take my word for it – see it for yourself by contacting Dave Walsh at Bob Wagner Realty at 269-4068.
by Jessica Rhodes
Jessica Rhodes is a NOTA resident and Landmark Society volunteer.