Along one of the stateliest streets in New Orleans is one of the stateliest homes in the city. With most homes built between 1900 and 1930, the neighborhood is much sought-after for structures that retain the casual, functional elegance of their period designs. Century-old oaks line the sidewalks and tower graciously over the road. Only three blocks long, the street is quiet and safe for walkers and children. Every house is a gem, and updates and renovations ensure the gorgeous homes are some of the most desirable in the city.
This house is one of them. Unlike many vintage homes in The Big Easy, this one eschews the cliched decorations from the past. No enormous elaborate window treatments, furniture from the 1880s, or French style pouffes here, there and everywhere. The owners of this stucco-sided mansion have instead chosen to bring the best luxuries of the 21st century into their vintage house.
With a generous 6,400 square feet, the six-bedroom and five-bathroom house, which also has a couple of powder rooms, is listed for $3.2 million. Margaret Stewart at Latter & Blum holds the listing.
Every inch of the house and one-fifth-acre city lot have been renovated to within an inch of its life. The graciously proportioned foyer leads to a serene living room with fireplace and, lit by an oversized chandelier, the dining room is large enough to host a big dinner party, as is fitting in a city as food focussed as New Orleans.
On the ground floor, there is also a den set up as music room with grand piano, a secondary sitting room, and a recreation/media room with pool table. Upstairs are five bedrooms, with the primary including a study, all including copious closet space and high-end marble baths. This floor also includes a laundry room for simplicity, and there is also a gym, which could be converted into a sixth bedroom.
Outdoors, though, is where the magic happens. Besides the gorgeous in-ground pool, a rare feature in the below-sea-level city, are two outdoor recreational areas to make the most of southern Louisiana’s warm and sultry climate. The first is a fantastic sitting room with outdoor fireplace, outdoor TV, and enormous ceiling fan; the second is outfitted with a beautifully equipped outdoor kitchen complete with barbecue, sink, wine fridge, and everything else that could been desired for a backyard cook out or the epic housewarming pool party the new owners will surely enjoy.