East 10th Street home not your typical modular

September 3, 2013
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It’s been about a month since veteran custom homebuilder Ursula David moved into her modular home near downtown, and she has no regrets.

mod home 225px“I love it,” she said.

The move was somewhat of a whirlwind for David. The factory built the home in roughly three weeks, delivered it in late June, and she moved in five weeks later, on July 31.

But her modular home is hardly the prototypical prefab. It was custom-designed by local firm Axis Architecture + Interiors and the first to be erected on the 10 lots she purchased in the Cottage Home Neighborhood. Six are on the south side of East 10th Street between Highland and Stillwell streets, near Massachusetts Avenue.

The homes range in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,000 square feet, and start at $300,000. David so far has sold one of the homes and plans to put up another on a speculative basis to drum up interest.

“We’re going to have a couple of open houses, and we’ll see how it goes,” she said.

David’s home consists of a kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining room and an office. It even has a basement.

Buyers can have their Axis-designed homes built with as many baths or bedrooms as they wish, and with more expensive finishes such as granite countertops, depending on how much they want to spend.

  • bit pricey
    $300,000 for a 1500 sq foot home on east 10th street? Sounds to me like a fail. Some of these manufactured homes are wonderful, especially the ones that tend to be green. And, they are not cheap. But the price seems to be a bit high for the location.
  • Price?
    For $300k you can get a 1,500 sqft luxury unit on or near Mass Ave. Who is going to pay the same to live in the hood in a cardboard house?
  • This is downtown....
    In reply to RKW, this house is just on the east side of 65/70 from downtown/Mass Ave. New construction has already gone up in Cottage Home (and south of Michigan Street in Holy Cross) for approximately $300,000, and it will continue. This area is as much downtown as it is the Near Eastside.
    • Past I-65 is NOT downtown
      Sorry, Tim. You might enjoy having delicious fresh local Sun King at the Dorman Street Saloon in between getting robbed, but nobody wants to live past I-65. It's not safe, it's run down, and you know darn well your argument is lame.
      • Break-Ins
        I don't know about the the near Eastside area, but I live a block from Mass Ave (Park and St. Clair) and there are plenty of break-ins there, too.
      • Too much money for modular
        With so many other residential options, forking out $300k for a modular home seems unrealistic - especially considering the neighborhood. I laughed when the builder answered how she liked it, "I love it!" Well what was she supposed to say? Looks pretty cheap for the money. Don't think this will be a very successful venture.
      • Wrong Side of the Tracks
        These homes are on the wrong side of the blemish that is I65/70. With the highway (scar) currently closed I wonder what the actual impact is on the city. In a perfect world this stretch of the highways would simply be removed or buried ala Boston's Big Dig (both are never going to happen, but we can dream). Without an easy walking route and direct visual connection to the core downtown area this neighborhood will always be a long step down in desirability.
      • Um...
        ... I don't think that most of you know what you are complaining about. And UpTown Jim, I don't know from whom you inherited your crown and scepter, but that area IS pretty much downtown.
      • And another thing....
        .... rather than just making completely Misinformed comments, or repeating things you hear and see elsewhere, perhaps you should actually VISIT that area and become familiar with it. Really, it's like some of you only get on here to complain. There are some VERY nice things going on in that area and you know nothing about it because you're talking about things of which you have no first hand knowledge.
      • Downtown
        The Cottage Home neighborhood is the perfect mix of downtown and neighborhood. I bike to my office on Meridian Street, to the theaters and restaurants on Mass Ave, and still have the pleasure of living with wonderful neighbors who take care of each other. We have pitch-in feasts in the park we created with neighborhood-raised funds instead of city money. We have a bangin' block party with great music and dancing in the street every October. And if all you care about is the dollars your building is worth, instead of the quality of life in your neighborhood, then stay wherever you are and be happy.
      • cottage home niehborhood
        i had the pleasure of living in cottage home niehborhood for 5 yrs and I must say it was an awesome place to live. I never had any problems there. it was so close to work!
      • @Uptown Jim
        Uptown Jim, first off, I have lived in this area for 15 years. I walk and bike downtown daily. I have not had any more issues with crime than anyone else living in this area of downtown. It takes me five minutes to talk to Mass Ave, so I certainly disagree with your thoughts that Cottage Home isn't downtown. Being on the "other side" of the railroad tracks from downtown doesn't make this any less a part of downtown Indy. It wasn't that long ago that the Old Northside wasn't considered part of downtown, even though it is also separated by the interstate. Don't paint this neighborhood with problems that may exist with the Dorman Street Saloon. The neighborhood is much larger than one business.
      • Quality concept
        I can personally attest to the quality that Ursula David puts into all of her work. I have had the great pleasure of living in an Ursula David home for 10 years and love it as much today as I did the 1st day I moved in. If she is behind a project, you can bet it will be done with the utmost quality and spotless detail.
      • know of what you speak
        I think the earlier commenters are not actually familiar with the area. I've lived for almost 20 years just south of Tech HS... a bit further east than the area referenced in the article... and I love the neighborhood. Homes on my block wouldn't fetch $300,000, but some of the higher-end restorations get well over $200,000. Regardless of the real estate value, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
      • Dismissers Beware
        After the flood restriction relaxation, this area is poised to take off. It's showing signs already (with $300,000 homes going up). Naysayers do so at their own peril. There were those who said Lockerbie or the Old Northside will never be safe or successful. Those pioneers who disregarded the Negative Nancies have been rewarded by their foresight.

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