My House in New Orleans

by Naomi House, MLIS
updated 10/28/14 – SOLD!

My House in New Orleans

My house is for sale!

1909 Washington Ave 1In my article, Why I Quit My Library Job and Why I No Longer Want One, I mentioned that currently my main income comes from renovating old houses and selling them. I have been flipping houses since 2009 and this is our seventh house and second in New Orleans. Whenever I finish a house and put it on the market I share on INALJ.com. Why you might ask? Many reasons: people are curious, I like to show off the hard work we did, potential buyers might see it, people might share with friends who are potential buyers and I also usually get to meet local librarians this way, some are curious and come to the open houses. But whatever my reasons the fact remains that INALJ.com is my website. I have worked roughly 40 hours a week, holidays, through medical emergencies, etc on this site, my site, for nearly four years and I think it is worthy of sharing, so it is. I share other voices on INALJ.com as well, but it is my platform. I say this at the top because I get a few concerned readers each time chastising me for going beyond the scope or mission of INALJ (note, I set the scope and mission / there is no mission statement yet but my houses will go into it) or anger that I should share a house with job hunters who might not be able to afford it (note, some can, I refuse to limit by ‘some’). I will share every house I flip on here because most readers who would click on the article are just curious and I like to share this side of what I do.

1909 Washington Ave 4So if you happen to be in New Orleans or nearby and want to see the house we will be doing open houses, 8/17 1-3pm Sunday is the next one or email me and maybe I can just let you pop by.  :) Like any good researcher I did some digging and found some fun facts about 1909/1911 and 1919 Washington Avenue (in New Orleans many houses were built as doubles and converted. Our house also includes the lot next door, hence the 3 addresses).

  • The house was built between 1896 and 1909
  • The lot used to house a Blacksmith shop circa 1890s-early 1900s
  • Our backyard neighbor’s house used to be a dairy in 1896
  • New Orleans main streets used to be paved with sea shells (many oyster shells) before cement so our yard is filled with shells
  • Many famous Jazz sites are close because Central City has been integral to Jazz since the beginning. The Dew Drop Inn is within walking distance. Also Bounce music and many famous musicians and rappers have come from this neighborhood.
  • I can walk to the Anne Rice house (spooky gates)
  • The house has 3 original plaster medallions left and 8 original fireplaces with summer fronts (these are non-working old coal fireplaces)
  • Original hardwoods (this house is rare in that it did not flood during Hurricane Katrina)
  • 12 foot ceilings!
  • Pocket doors

So if you live nearby we’d love to meet you and are happy to show off the house- please feel free to share with those you know. And as always in New Orleans, laissez les bon temps roulez!

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Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. INALJ has had over 18.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website, KhanMoving.com, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 

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  10 comments for “My House in New Orleans

  1. Cindy
    August 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Beautfiul! I always look forward to your home renovations. Always amazed that you get the work done so quickly–do you and your husband do most of the work or do you use an outside contractor? Do you look for homes that need more of a cosmetic makecover or have you had to address structural stuff too. Am now going through my second home reno in Hoboken and just coordinating the contractors and permits takes months and months.

    • August 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      We have been so lucky with the permits office here it goes smoothly- but in NOLA the houses take a ton of work. DC was more cosmetic :)

  2. Sara Stilley
    August 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Pretty awesome I would so do this…admire your gumption! The house is lovely!!! and such potential!!!

    • August 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      lol- gumption is truly the right word for it :) I’ve got gumption, for sure! :)

  3. Deborah Blakely
    August 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Love the house and the history!

  4. Debbi
    August 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! I’m always interested in what other people are doing.

    • August 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Thanks so much!

  5. Laura Brosie
    August 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    By the by, I consider this site a site for librarians helping librarians, so post away. I’m glad you found an additional vocation to enjoy while still maintaining your librarian identity. It takes a lot of research to flip historic houses like these. Good on you!

  6. Laura Brosie
    August 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Love the pocket doors. Me and my family just made a move to Missouri, otherwise, I’d be sorely tempted.

    • August 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much!!! <3

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