About this listing
Large, sun-drenched, cathedral-ceiling loft in 1857 Creole cottage, in historic Treme, two blocks from the French Quarter, six blocks from Frenchman St. Relax from the city's wonders on romantic veranda. Queen bed and double futon. Full kitchen.
Relax in New Orleans' history and culture in 1857 home, blocks from French Quarter and Frenchman St. One large second story room will serve as your bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining room, with a separate bath, and a veranda looking out over the rooftops. Romantic and charming: exposed brick, high ceilings, beautiful architectural details. Simply and tastefully decorated.
Please note that this listing is only the second floor loft space. There is a separate listing/rental on the first floor. If you are looking for a larger space, please don't hesitate to ask us about it! We also would like you to note that this historic house was built before the days of insulation between floors, so you may hear the guests downstairs. Please consider this if you are extremely sound-sensitive.
The home is a 150-plus-year Creole Cottage in the Treme. Fully renovated in 2013, the house maintains it rich sense of history and antiquity. When my friends first walk in, the most common reaction is, literally, a gasp. Your home-away-from-home during your New Orleans vacation is the second floor of the house and has ceilings that stretch as high as 28 feet, hardwood floors, exposed beams, cypress doors and windows, French doors, many large windows, and other gems of New Orleans architecture.
The place is open, spacious, and tastefully decorated with simple and old décor. The veranda is the perfect spot for coffee to get you going in the morning, or beer to relax after a day in our incomparable city; I provide both.
From the house, you're as likely to hear Mr. Okra pass by with his wild produce-painted pick-up, announcing on his loudspeaker the vegetables he has for sale today, as you are a brass band from Congo Square, the spot where enslaved people from all over Africa were allowed to leave some nearby homes to meet on Sundays and play music together.
I love this city, and hope you will, too. Truly, this house is a magnificent spot in which to experience the magic of it.
All guests of the house share the front door onto the porch, but a separate entryway up a few stairs gives loft guests privacy for accessing their unit. They also have access to the laundry room.
Interaction with Guests
We try to greet guests when they arrive, and are available for any information or help we can offer during their stay. Otherwise, guests are on their own to enjoy their vacation and the city, with this lovely loft as home base.
For some, close proximity to the French Quarter, Frenchman St., and the exquisite Esplanade Ave. will make this an ideal spot to stay. Others will thrill to be in the Treme, a neighborhood brimming with powerful African-American history unique in the United States. That history lives on today through strong community organization, thriving street culture, second-line parades, Creole food, and live music everywhere. The neighborhood hosts funky music clubs, Congo Square (the birthplace of jazz), the Backstreet Cultural Museum (a celebration of Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, and second-lines), the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, the African-American Museum, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (where the famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is buried), and other sites famed in the HBO TV show of the same name. Historic homes and friendly people line every street, including the one on which the loft sits.
Some airbnb guests have left word that they were not comfortable in the Treme. Treme was the first Black neighborhood in the US, the first racially mixed neighborhood of free people, and the epicenter of extraordinary Black culture. It contains people of many races, ethnicities, and classes. I love it beyond measure – most of all, my friends and neighbors on this rich block, some of whom have been here for generations – and am honored to live here. If you feel this may not be the right locale for you, there are many other places available on Airbnb.
New Orleans Festival Calendar for your perusal
4 - Crescent City Classic
5 – Freret Street Fest
5 – Easter Parades
9-12 – French Quarter Festival
23-26 – Zurich Classic
24-May 3 – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
1-3 – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
5 – Cinco de Mayo
17-19 – Bayou Boogaloo
20-23 – New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
22-24 – Greek Fest
25 – Memorial Day
30-31 – New Orleans Oyster Festival
6-7 - Cajun Zydeco Festival
13-14 - Creole Tomato Festival
11-14 - Festigals
3-5 - Essence Festival
9-12 - San Fermin (Running of the Bulls)
July 30 - August 2 Satchmo Summer Fest
1 - White Linen Night
8 - Dirty Linen Night
8 - Red Dress Run
1 - 30 Coolinary (summer restaurant promotion)
A taxi will bring you from and to the airport for $33. If you are like most, you will take in most of New Orleans' architecture, charm, and culture on foot. Beyond the sights of the Treme, the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny - home of Frenchman St. - are each two blocks away. The river is a leisurely stroll away. If you want to venture further, Esplanade and St. Claude buses are each one block from the house. For those with cars, on-street parking is readily available.
Other Things to Note
We usually have a minimum stay of three or four nights, but please inquire if you see that there are dates you're interested in and they are available for a short stay!
If your party requires more than a loft space, please see "Creole cottage" on the airbnb site for our larger option downstairs. This is a separate unit.
If both listings are free during your desired visit, please consider renting the whole house for $300 a night provided the time you are interested in is not peak season. Mention this to us in your inquiry for either listing and we will work it out with you!
The wifi was not working well, but I have just installed a new internet system, so you will be fully covered.
The loft is very bright. For those who are light-sensitive, please let me know in advance and I'll provide sleeping masks.
Your breakfast offerings include granola, fruit, coffee, tea, milk, and juice. The loft is also stocked with snacks and our wonderful local Abita beer.
Instead of being the traditional income-generator, this airbnb subsidizes a non-profit organization working with grassroots groups for social and economic justice around the world. When "Haiti fatigue" set in after the 2010 earthquake, the women's collaborative Other Worlds lost most of its funding to support women in refugee camps, small farmers, and others in that country. Proceeds from the airbnb underwrite the staff as it keep providing essential services for those organizing for justice in Haiti and elsewhere.
If it's helpful, you can communicate with me in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Kreyol, or Portuguese (though for the last, we'll have to answer you in English).
I am so sorry to say that I can't accommodate babies and little kids, because the stairs are not safe. Young ones could easily crawl or toddle right down the stairwell opening.
July 30 - August 2 Satchmo Summer Fest
1: White Linen Night
8: Dirty Linen Night
8: Red Dress Run
1 - 30: Coolinary (summer restaurant promotion)
Septemb(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN): Southern Decadence Festival
4-7: Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
4-6: Louisiana Seafood Festival
Octob(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN): Gretna Heritage Festival
3: Art for Arts Sake
9-10, 16-17, 23-24: Oktoberfest
15-22: New Orleans Film Festival
16-18: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
23-24: Boo at the Zoo
24: Krewe of Boo (Halloween Parade)
25: Bywater Mirliton Festival
30-Nov 1: Voodoo Music Experience
Novemb(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN): Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
TBA: Shop Away in the Vieux Carre - Christmas Tree Lighting
23: Oak Street Poboy Festival
27-Jan 3: Celebration in the Oaks
28: Bayou Classic
Those whose New Orleans plans include loud parties or high-volume music in their lodging space are encouraged to look elsewhere. Same goes for those hoping to arrive with pets or a smoking habit - sorry. Beyond that, we are very relaxed. Our wish is for our guests to feel happy and at home.
We have a minimum stay of 4 nights required for any major festivals or holidays.