About this listing
This serene and spacious home is surrounded by beautiful Audubon Park and "The Tree of Life". A short distance to Tulane and Loyola. The cottage is a smoke free and pet free environment. Perfect for a couple, family with up to 3 children or 4 adults.
Beautifully restored Craftsman Cottage facing historic Audubon Park. Walk, bike or jog under the majestic oaks or visit our world class zoo. Enjoy the beautiful park as you drink your morning coffee at the cast iron table on your private front porch. About 6 miles from the French Quarter with easy access by bus lines. Enjoy this safe and historic neighborhood with world class restaurants just a walk away. It is perfect for visiting the Tulane/Loyola campuses. Walking distance to famous Magazine Street with it's wonderful shopping, restaurants, antiquing and many things for the whole family to do. Nancy and her daughter have owned The Bead Shop on Magazine Street for over twenty three years.
The large serene bedroom in the rear of the house has a dramatic vaulted ceiling with designer lighting. Furnished with a King sized bed it also has a large closet. A full sized Murphy bed that folds out of a closet in the study and a comfy twin sized Day Bed allow for an additional 3-4 sleepers, although best if some are children. A Pack n' Play with bedding and a booster seat are available upon request.
The white tiled bathroom has a tub with shower, lots of fluffy white towels and a hair dryer for your convenience.
The retro styled kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans, Mr. Coffee coffee machine, microwave, blender, toaster and if needed an iron and ironing board. There are two major grocery stores close by, as well as a Whole Foods Store and a Tuesday outdoor Farmer's market if you are interested in cooking at home. You will also find hardwood floors, central AC and heating, ceiling fans, large new flat screen TV with HDMI cable waiting for you to hook up your laptop and access you Netflix account. Have an iPad, bring your adaptor. You will also find multiple audio systems so bring your iPod! Please note, this unit does NOT have a washer and dryer.
The owners, Nancy and Ben live next door. It is home also to two pups; Bella and Iko, several kittens, a pond of fish and two dozen box turtles that live in an extraordinary naturalized enclosed area. The rental home however, is completely pet free. Nancy is an avid gardener and either she or Ben would be glad to give you a tour of their gardens. The old world charm of the brick patio with it's raised flower beds and gas lanterns compliment this century old New Orleans home, which by the way, was lovingly restored by Ben.
The space is uncluttered, serene and restful. It is beautifully furnished with Stickly furniture, original art and lovely crafts. It is a place of comfort.
Off street parking for one car only, directly in front of the house, designated by two red markers. Additional parking on Laurel and Annunciation streets. Please no exceptions to this, it's a sensitive neighborhood issue.
NON SMOKING ENVIRONMENT
NO WASHER AND DRYER
MAXIMUM 5 PEOPLE
2 DAY MINIMUM FOR ALL RENTALS.
THIS IS THE REAL DEAL WITH REAL NOLA HOSTS!
The park is your front yard, play in it or enjoy it from your private front porch with your coffee or a glass of wine. There is a lock box on the porch where you will pick up your front door key. Additional keys will be provided as needed. For your safety there is a side and rear door. Nancy and Ben live next door and if they know your arrival time, they will greet you and show you through your cottage.
Interaction with Guests
We live next door and are available if you need us. We are long time residents of New Orleans and avid music and food lovers. We would be glad to make suggestions for places to go and things to do. We have put together a list of our favorite restaurants and their information and reviews. You will find it hanging in the kitchen. We usually leave a current Gambit paper for you to search for what's happening around town!
We are a quiet safe residential neighborhood tucked along Audubon Park. Old homes, older trees, a neighborhood dripping with southern charm, dog walkers, kids on bikes and if you listen carefully, zoo sounds.
Two different bus lines are steps away. The Tchoupitoulas bus is one and a half blocks in one direction and the Magazine bus is three and a half blocks in the other, both will take you downtown and an easy walk to the French Quarter. If you would enjoy a ride on our famous Street Car, it is about a mile walk to the front of the park where you can board one in either direction. Downtown is to your right if your back is to the park. Taxis are readily available.
Other Things to Note
While the house technically sleeps six, because the Murphy bed is just a double and there is only one bathroom it is best suited for a family with children or four adults max.
* This is a smoke free environment, there is no smoking allowed in the house nor on the porch or patio. Any failure to comply with this rule will result in the forfeiting of your entire security deposit.
* To assure not disturbing the owners and neighbors, coming and going should be done quietly after 10:00pm.
* We generally enjoy a quiet neighborhood but we do not have any control over noise created by neighbors, dogs, animals or events held at the zoo.
* In the unfortunate event of a tropical storm or hurricane please know that the cottage is an essential part of our family's storm plan. Issues of safety, evacuation, sleeping arrangements, possible partial refunds and the sharing of our culinary bounty will be discussed at that time.
* Keys must be returned or a fee will be assessed at the rate of $5.00 for a regular house key and $25.00 for the skeleton key.
* Only one car may be parked in the parking area in front of the house. Any additional cars must be parked either on Laurel or Annunciation Streets.
* There is a whole house generator behind the cottage that will cut on automatically if power is lost. It turns it's self on for a test run every Wednesday morning about 11:00 am for a few minuites.
* Trash and recycle cans are behind the cottage. They can be accessed out the back door. The City of New Orleans collects only paper, plastic and aluminum for recycling. Regrettably, no glass.
* Off street parking for one car only, directly in front of the house, designated by two red markers. Additional parking on Laurel and Annunciation streets. Please no exceptions to this, it's a sensitive neighborhood issue.
The Audubon Park Cottage has become our home away from home in New Orleans. My wife and I are both natives, and this is our go-to place when we come back to visit relatives and play tourist with our kids. It's a truly exquisite gem in a one-of-a-kind location, right on Audubon Park. It's the kind of place you dream about owning someday and feel privileged to have the chance to experience. The house is impeccably restored and furnished in the Craftsman style, and every detail has been thought of. It's just the right size for a family of four. The lush canopy of oaks and greenery cast a magical spell while you sit on the porch or in the courtyard garden with coffee in the morning, take a stroll to the river, walk to the Audubon tennis courts two blocks away or simply play on the expansive park lawn immediately in front of the house. Magazine Street, St. Charles Avenue, Mid-City and the French Quarter are all easily accessible. And Nancy and Ben are gracious and accommodating hosts. I'm almost hesitant to say too much. I don't want the place to become too popular. But the fact is, if you want to experience the true charm and beauty of New Orleans and get away from the chaos of the French Quarter, this place cannot be beat.
Great neighborhood. Close to children's hospital, the Mississippi river,the zoo, and gold course.
The cottage was clean, comfortable and welcoming. Nancy was most accommodating when we thought we would be in early. Loved having the full kitchen to prepare breakfasts before we went out for the day. We had everything we needed for an excellent stay and would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a quiet, friendly and beautiful New Orleans neighborhood. We would definitely stay here again!
My experience was extraordinary. Beautiful cottage, everything was perfect. I will definitely stay here again when in the city. Much more peaceful than a hotel.....with all the amenities you would want. Nancy and her husband were very friendly and gracious hosts. Recommend strongly..........
Couldn't have been better! The cottage is even better than it looks in the pictures - it's a real house, beautifully restored and maintained and very, very comfortable.
Nancy and her family were so welcoming and anticipated anything we could possibly need in the house (there was even a neighborhood cat that kept us company on the porch). When the power was out for 24 hours because of a big storm she even brought us coffee.
The cottage is in a quiet residential neighborhood right across from the Audubon Park zoo and out of the busy city. There are good mass transit options close, but a rental car is not a bad idea (there is parking available). It felt very safe and the neighbors were friendly.
Unfortunately, my mother and I had to leave early because of a family emergency, but we both look forward to going back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the location was perfect for us, very family friendly being so close to the Park and Zoo. The cottage is very well stocked and Nancy was on hand to assist with any questions or needs. We will return to this property in the future and highly recommend it for a couple or small family.
We absolutely loved our stay at Nancy and Ben's cottage! They are wonderful, thoughtful hosts. There was fruit and snacks on the table and even a small container of whole milk in the fridge--this came in very handy since we got in later than I expected...still had milk for our 22month old first thing the next morning! The cottage felt like home the moment we walked in. I also felt extremely safe there with my 3 kids. My husband wasn't able to come last minute and it was reassuring to him knowing that the owners live right next door. It is very evident how invested Nancy and Ben are in the property. I had the opportunity to talk with them a bit and they are just lovely! We were in town visiting friends and the location was perfect. One evening my friend and I were sitting on the front porch enjoying a glass of wine while all of our kids played out front together. It's like we were ALL on a wonderful vacation together! The area of the park is just beautiful. I wish we could have stayed longer....we will definately be back! I am so grateful to these wonderful hosts for making our trip so enjoyable. They even alerted me one night that the interior light of my car had inadvertently been left on...you're not going to find that type of kindness and thoughtfulness very easily! Looking forward to coming back at some point.
About the Host, Nancy
We are an older but fun loving couple. New Orleanians to the core! Nancy loves to garden and cook and owns a shop on Historic Magazine Street. Ben loves woodworking and fishing and wishes he had more time for both. We have lived in the house next door for 39 years and Ben spent 5 years lovingly restoring the rental cottage where you will be staying.