Two Houses in Avondale Sell for $490K (ish) – Who Got The Better Deal?

3643 Pine Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
3643 Pine Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

3643 Pine Street sold last week for $490K ($222 per square foot). Built in 2006 with approximately 2,200 square feet, the house has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a nice kitchen open to the family room, a den, a large loft space, big laundry room, two car garage, large front porch and is within walking distance to the shoppes of Avondale. The house was listed and sold by Wade Griffin of Coldwell Banker.

1864 Challen Avenue
1864 Challen Avenue

1864 Challen Street sold for $495K ($200 per square foot) in October 2011 and also has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.  Originally built in 1926 but extensively renovated in 2011 with approximately 2,475 square feet the house has new everything, windows, plumbing, air conditioners, roof, water heater and kitchen — so basically not much different from the “new” house on Pine Street.

The lot on Challen Avenue was quite a bit bigger than the house on Pine Street and offered more of a traditional layout with a nice big backyard and location only one house in from the St. John’s river.  This house was listed by Brad Dermond of Manormor Sotheby’s and sold by Maria Raymer of ReMax.

The house on Challen sold for $22 less per square foot (which is why we caution our buyers not to get overly focused on this), it was in a better location and had a larger lot but lacked the front porch, loft space and garage that the house on Pine Street had.

As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder — what’s important to one buyer (more land, or a garage) may not be important to the next one!

So….who do you think got the better buy? Please send us  a comment with your vote!

We specialize in Avondale, Ortega and Riverside – and know the numbers in the area. Call us at 904-252-5181 for an honest evaluation of what your house is worth or what you might have to pay for the house of your dreams!

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