Charlie Fondow's Eccentric House Is on the Market

Categories: Surreal Estate

Ten years ago we looked at the owner and builder of an extremely odd Third Ward house, Charlie Fondow. The guy just could not stop adding to his house in the 2300 block of Wichita, whether it was gables, turrets or proposed Plexigas elevators.

We learn today via Swamplot that the home is for sale.

The asking price is $325,000, which might be a little steep.

Inside photos show that most of the craziness is on the outside. It's cramped and knickknack-filled, but not over the top.

Photos courtesy HAR
One commenter thinks the house is not long for this world:

This house will more than likely be torn down. It's a shame, really, because it's one of the most unique structures in town, but the list of people who, a) could afford the $300K price tag, and b) would want to live in a house that looks like Castle Grayskull, is probably pretty short.

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Vanessa Higginbotham
Vanessa Higginbotham

Given the chance, my sister would take this house in a heartbeat! She has driven by the house for about 13 years now... and finally got to go inside when we went for the Estate Sale. We knew there was a nice story behind this... Mr Fondow had a dream that I wish my sister and I could fulfill in his memory... if only we had the money!

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Nice. I like splendid disaster.

It is almost a poem written in celebration of why most states have zoning laws. 

It is the answer ...Oh Yes They Will the question...Would anyone actually do that?


I have always loved that house, but holy shit is it awfully executed.  Just a splendid a disaster.  And now I will go buy some lottery tickets just in case. 

Gene Corpus
Gene Corpus

you want zoning.......go live in the north.....where there is plenty of zoning.......and there you will find that you wont be able to afford to live in a dog house........if you favor my friend........are an enemy to the constitution and are a communist.......

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