The Odell House Ballroom Unit F

“The Ballroom” takes up the entire third floor of the Odell House.  It is the largest of the Odell House apartments, and looks out in all directions from under the eaves.    The north face, (show below)  is open, has a small sitting area and a gas grill.

The roughly 1200 square feet of the third floor has a balcony, a sun room, bathroom with separate shower room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen and huge vaulted living room.

The Ballroom is typically not rented for shorter stays because, frankly, people don’t like to climb the stairs with all their belongings for a very short stay.  And it makes such a nice secure spot for a permanent resident that we encourage that.


It is a crow’s nest, and if the fit is good people tend to stick there.  Most say it is the nicest unit in the house.  I’ll say more about the positives and negatives at the base of this post.

The sun room: The south face has a lovely small sun room that can now serve as an extra bedroom.  It currently has a twin futon/couch which is more comfortable, but less “green”than the photos shown below to catch the view.

(Look  three pictures down for current set up.)

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The two pictures above show how the well-insulated, cork-floored sun room was  designed.

The original version was open to the elements and had an aged screen window from the sixties and indoor/outdoor carpeting.  (Hard to vacuum!)

Four of the screened windows now open.  The one below is with the blind system partially shut.  You can make it very open or very secluded.


The view is like a tree house with great south light–somewhat unexpectedly, now a real four season room.

The Living Room: The Ballroom’s large main living room is on the on the other end of the apartment. It also mimics the shape of the arched roof line, but in a much more expansive way.  It is rumored that dances were held there “back in the day.”

The Ballroom space was conceived well before our times, after a fire c. 1932. The original roof line was changed and the domed space created in the attic.

The ceiling is 14 feet at the middle. with an interesting shake shingle ceiling.

This room alone is a generous 300 square feet and has a neat original varnished wood wainscot.



You can’t take a picture with a regular camera of the whole room.  The other wall has a table and flat screen TV.

(This is a large room, trust me.)

The current paint color is appropriately Ralph Loren “Ballroom Gold”.


This more recent picture above shows the entry door and a corner of the rather modern full futon that currently makes the second sofa in this room.

The bedroom on the the west side has slanted ceilings and sits under the eaves.


It looks back through the dining area to the kitchen on the opposite face of the house.

The dining room is in the center of the unit.



It features a matched pair of Art Deco brown tip slip shade chandeliers.


The original bath and toilet are in a small room under the eves.  The claw foot tub is a five foot luxury item.


But the guys complained about no proper stand up shower.

So in 2005 we pilfered the closet across the hall and made a large shower area with tiled seat.



The kitchen has had some updates as well. Many in fact.

The tile counter was put in when I bought the building in 1998–one of the first remodel projects.

One of the problems with remodel in a slanted ceiling space is everything has to be custom made.  So be it! 2014, more updates.

The refrigeration is under counter drawers–very modern!



We installed the matching tile floor in 2005, seven years later, from that vast stash I bought the first year I had the place–having no idea how much tile was “enough” for a building with carpet in all the kitchens. (Eeewww!)

The first replacement floor was vinyl.  It wore out.


Above another neat custom fit of an “apartment sized” Bosch dishwasher also in 2014

(Going on twenty years into the project, I can say for a fact, avoid laminates and vinyl–use real wood and tile.  Properly installed they will outlive you.)

The good points of The Ballroom:

On the third floor and good for your fitness.

Quiet.  The upper floor apartments are always less impacted by neighbor noise.

Warm.  Nicely heated in winter, we most often keep the radiators turned down or off.

Very well updated with new electrical panel, lots of plugs and modern appliances.

A very charming and comfortable space.  Both cave-like and tree house-like.

Because of the well-developed black out curtains this is also a very good unit for a day sleeper.  It can be kept both quiet and dark.

The bad points:

On the third floor and if you forget your keys you must go back and get them.

Warm.  In the summer it is well supplied with air conditioners and sun blocking curtains, but certain areas of the roof make some of the eaves hot–not all, but enough to make you pay attention to closing the blinds when you head out for the day.  It is very possible to keep things comfortably cool in any weather, but you must pay attention.

On the third floor–you really must not mind climbing the stairs!

A note from a loved tenant in 2017/8

“I spent the last 7 months living in Odell House, Unit F. It is a really special space. Filled with interesting architectural details, a great view and lots of space, it is the perfect place to land. The large living room, with a balcony and view of trees and some great Browne’s Addition architecture was the perfect place for me to work, study and relax. Being on the 3rd floor means lots of quiet and lots of extra exercise! I booked the space from pictures, never having a chance to see the space before I arrived and the space lived up to my expectations. From our first communication Dale was the perfect landlord. She is responsive, thoughtful and respects tenets privacy. I highly recommend the Ballroom!”

Awww. . .D

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