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.
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.
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.
Beverly's loft is the perfect way to experience New Orleans! When we arrived we found a stunning space even more captivating than the pictures can show. There were snacks and local brews waiting in the fridge -- an example of the kind hospitality we found here. Beverly was more than happy to recommend places for dinner around the area. This beautiful loft is situated perfectly, and we found that we were never more than a short walk from anything that we wanted to explore. We were happy to call this place home for the weekend. Thanks Beverly and David!
New Orleans in the cottage was amazing! I love this city and will come back again. The location of the cottage was a very convenient walk to the French Quarter and only a short drive to the Garden District. It was a lovely place, clean, and beautiful. It was comfortable and Beverly supplied drinks and pretzels for us to snack on. I can't wait to come back and stay at this wonderful place again.
Loved the place...sun shining through the windows each morning was a good wake up call.
I wish there were a iron and iron board, but otherthan that, love the spot..
Please check if I left a pair of glasses.
Overall excellent experience! The hosts are very accommodating and the place is BEAUTIFUL!!! It was in a great location in the Treme neighborhood, walking distance from historic attractions.
This was possibly one of the best AirBnB experiences we have had to date. The unit was exactly as described: Spacious, comfortable (even in the 95 degree heat), quiet, extremely charming, and in relatively decent condition. Amanda's friend David (who handled our check-in/out process) was very friendly and communicative. I only wish we had managed to meet him in person at the beginning of our trip because he turned out to be a great source of information about neighborhoods to visit.
A word about the neighborhood: The house is about a block away from the northeast corner of the French Quarter. As such I would definitely describe it as "transitional." There are houses that are completely dilapidated and others that are meticulously maintained. In general though the area was both quiet and friendly and the walk to the center of town involves a very pleasant walk down the Esplanade almost the entire way.
We would definitely stay there again in a heartbeat.
Beverly was a fantastic host, always prompt with replies. She left David in charge of looking after us while she was away during our visit and he was fantastic to have nearby to answer any questions. The location of the loft was perfect for walking to Frenchman's Street and enjoying all that New Orleans has to offer. The actual loft was beautifully presented (air conditioning was fantastic and the balcony was a perfect place to sit and have a morning coffee) and the personal touches were lovely (especially the local beer waiting for us in the fridge!). Beverly has a great list of local advice on good restaurants and insider tips to getting the most out of the stay. I would highly recommend Beverly and the loft and can't wait to go back and stay there again!
We stayed in the cottage loft for a week during our honeymoon and it was fantastic! The location was great in that it straddled many neighborhoods so we were a close walk to the quarter, frenchman street, and the marigny neighborhood. Everything did involve about a 10 minute walk but when we didn't feel like walking we used Uber which was fast and affordable. The space is wonderful, super light and airy - the air conditioning worked really well which we were grateful for :) We also spent many warm evenings on the balcony. David who was managing the space was super nice, quick to respond, and happy to provide good suggestions for places to go. In returning to NOLA we would absolutely stay here again.
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About the Host, Beverly
I'm a fourth-generation New Orleanian. The city's music and culture are the blood that runs in my veins. A close friend of ten years finally visited New Orleans and told me, "Ah, now I understand you, Bev." If I'm in a bad mood, all I need to do is step out into the streets; some stranger will invariably call me 'baby' or say something outrageous or give me a hug, and all will be well. I also spend a lot of time in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Haiti, working with social justice movements. I'm a writer, as well, publishing books and articles on what equitable and just economies and societies around the world look like, or could look like.
Because I travel so much, David Lyle usually manages the airbnb. David was born and raised right up the road in Baton Rouge. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he moved to the big city for graduate school in biology at Tulane. The next step is medical school, about which he is very excited. Some of his favorite things to do in New Orleans are to go to City Park and read, or to get crawfish at Cajun Seafood to eat at the Fly (along the river behind Audubon Park). As for those crawfish, David confesses to a "crippling addiction."