Fifty Nifty Bungalows with Murphy-In-A-Dor Beds, 1901 Polk Street

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In 1919, Gehr Construction Company announced the construction of Fifty Nifty Bungalows “on Bolton Avenue, Polk Street, and other beautiful residential streets.”  These bungalows were advertised to maximize room space because they are all built with closets to accomodate Murphy-In-A-Dor beds.  My listing 1901 Polk Street is one of the 50.

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In 1901 Polk Street, although remodeling has been done to alter the original floor plan one may still see a closet that was originally built in such a way to house a bed that would have been pushed up and rolled into the snug space.  For a complete sales presentation on the Murphy Beds, click here.

This property includes the main home and a large converted carriage house that currently rents for $550/month.  With this rental income and the fact that this historic house qualifies for several 100% financing programs (no down payment!), this property almost pays for itself.

The main home is now a 2 bedroom, 1 and a half bath with a bonus room that could be a bedroom.  The master looks to have been the combination of 2 or 3 rooms and could be separated again if necessary.  Downstairs boasts a large living area, dining room, butler’s pantry, breakfast room, and sun porch.

The converted garage is original to the property and has been used as a separate house since at least 1934.  It is a two story building that has a living room, kitchen, and half bath downstairs and two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs.

If you would like to see this property, please contact me at 318-229-7613 or

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