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Bungalows sprout on dormant pockets

Published Aug. 28, 2005

The Uptown neighborhood is getting four new bungalows, and three others are being built a few streets away in the Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood.

Both neighborhoods are near downtown and have bungalows built in the early part of the 20th century. The small houses were big on details such as built-in bookcases and featured spacious porches. Existing bungalows now are favorites with people who like to restore houses.

Michael Perry, who lives on Eighth Street N, near where the Uptown bungalows will be built close to Ninth Avenue, is acting as developer. He bought the land for the homes because he wanted to help improve his neighborhood, he said.

"The land has been sitting vacant. We worked with the city to clear all the liens on the property," he said.

The Uptown bungalows will be priced at $339,000 and have 2,200 square feet of space in three bedrooms and 2{ bathrooms.

In Euclid-St. Paul, one bungalow on 10th Street N near Ninth Avenue already is occupied and another is going up beside it.

Developer David Lawrence said the three sold in one day after he hosted a Euclid-St. Paul Neighborhood Association open house when the first bungalow was finished. The day after the open house, he said, all three sold.

Lawrence of ACE Remodeling Contractors Inc. said he usually builds block houses for rental markets. But because he got the Euclid-St. Paul land at such a good price, he decided to do something different.

The first bungalow sold for $270,000 and the next two for $273,000 each, Lawrence said. He would like to do more, but the cost of land may prohibit it.

"The reality is, if I'd had 20 lots in a row, I would have had 20 (houses) sold," Lawrence said.

_ SHARON L. BOND