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Douglas House, Once Home to 'Bess' of Porgy and Bess, Asks $895K

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This historic Douglas mini-mansion dates to 1879 and isn't shy about letting you know. Built in the Romanesque Revival style, its "twelve rooms of grandeur are for luxury buyers only!" We thought you couldn't explicitly discriminate in real estate marketing (joke). Most of the 5,800-square-foot, four-bed's "original artifacts" are present and intact. The integrity of the listing photos, however, is quite absent. We had to contend with a range of resolutions, and so some shots are more pixelated than others. But it's evident that the interior woodwork is something special, including the paneling and built-in cabinetry. Those four fireplaces are mighty fine, too.

Squarely in Douglas on a stretch of King Drive with uncharacteristic architectural continuity, the area is wanting for amenities (with the notable exception of the lakefront about a mile away). But hey, as a "luxury buyer" you can begin to change all that. The ask: $895K. Bonus: this was the longtime home of singer and actor Etta Moten Barnett, star of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and the first black star to perform at the White House, in 1933.
·Listing: 3619 S King Drive [Kale Realty]