Relax in New Orleans in this 1857 home, one block from the French Quarter, and a walk to Frenchman St. and the river. The space contains two bedrooms, living room, kitchen/dining room, bath, patio. It is romantic and charming, with brick fireplaces, high ceilings, lots of exposed original cypress, and other beautiful details. The vibe in the home is much like that of the block and the city: historically and culturally rich, comfortable, and fonky. We love it here, and hope you will, too.
Fully restored in 2013, the house maintains it rich sense of history and antiquity. When friends first walk in, the most common reaction is, literally, a gasp.
Your home-away-from-home has ceilings that stretch as high as 28 feet, hardwood and brick floors, five brick fireplaces (non-working but highly atmospheric), exposed beams, cypress doors and windows, French doors, pocket doors, many large windows, a clawfoot bathtub, and other gems of New Orleans architecture. The place is open, spacious, and tastefully decorated with simple and old décor. It includes: a very large, dreamy front bedroom with queen bed; a sweet, small, brightly colored bedroom with double bed; a large 6-sided living room; and a bathroom with a fish-spitting fountain sink and stone-tiled tub. The home also contains the original summer kitchen, with a massive double fireplace, 100-year-old gas oven/stove, and 65-year-old art deco refrigerator. The kitchen is large enough to host a dining room, as well.
Most of the house is original, from the curving unsupported cypress stairway to the double-washboard kitchen sink. Much of the renovation was green, using recycled materials. The only new features of the house are those to make you comfortable, such as replacing the ancient floor furnace with central air and heat.
Please note that this listing is only for the first floor of the house. I am frequently in the upstairs loft, which has its own entry and lock system. This home was built before the days of insulation between floors, so you may hear my footsteps or muted conversations above. Please consider this - and ambient sounds of the neighborhood - if you are extremely noise-sensitive.
From the house, you’re as likely to hear Mr. Okra pass by with his produce-painted truck, announcing on his loudspeaker the vegetables he has for sale today, as you are a brass band wafting from Congo Square, the spot where enslaved people from all over Africa were allowed to leave some plantations and houses to meet on Sundays and play music together.
While you are going to New Orleans for its unique and seemingly endless gifts, it matters to us – a lot - that you are supremely happy and comfortable here.
If you catch me at the house, feel free to ask for my musical suggestions. I’ve been going out to hear local bands regularly since I was 15, and enthuse to share the best of what I know.
I love this city, and hope you will, too. Truly, this house is a magnificent spot from which to experience its magic.
Please note: The bedroom with the purple floor is not as large as it appears in the photo. The room is cozy.
Guests have a private access and a fully private space. They also have access to the laundry room located towards the back of the house.
Interaction with guests
We try to greet guests when you arrive, and are available for any information or help we can offer during your stay. Otherwise, you are on your own to enjoy your vacation and the city, with this lovely home base.
Other things to note
We have a minimum stay of three nights normally, and five nights for holidays and major festivals.
Please note that this airbnb is a portion of a larger house. A renter lives upstairs, and Bev keeps the front room downstairs for her personal use, so don't be alarmed if you hear other human activity.
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Those whose New Orleans plans include loud parties or high-volume music in their lodging space are encouraged to look elsewhere. My teen daughter and I often stay in the house, and unfortunately the ceilings and walls are thin. We ask that guests keep noise to a minimum after 11pm on weekdays. 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.
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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, Seun Adebola helps me to manage the airbnb. I'm making a well-educated guess that you will love him.