About this listing
Relax in New Orleans’ history and culture in 1857 home, blocks from Fr. Quarter and Frenchman St. Two bedrooms, living room, kitchen/dining room, bath, patio. Romantic and charming: brick fireplaces, high ceilings, beautiful architectural detail.
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; large pentagonal living room; and bathroom with a fish-spitting fountain sink and nature-tiled tub. Your rental also contains an original summer kitchen which now serves also as a dining room. The room features a massive double fireplace, 100-year-old gas oven/stove, and 65-year-old art deco refrigerator.
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 the first floor of the house. There is a separate listing/rental for the upstairs loft space. In case this unit is booked during the dates you're interested in, please don't hesitate to ask about upstairs.
It is also important to note that there may be guests in the upstairs loft during your stay. This historic house was built before the days of insulation between floors, so you may hear footsteps above. Please consider this if you are extremely sound-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.
At the house, you will find information to help you navigate New Orleans’ offerings, from walkable breakfast joints to my favorite day trips. 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.
Guests have a private access and a fully private space. 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, you are on their own to enjoy your vacation and the city, with this lovely 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 through which Dennis Hopper's motorcycle raced in Easy Rider), 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 my house sits. Both Congo Square and the French Quarter host regular festivals. Come enjoy them!
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.
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' 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. If you're coming for Jazz Fest, you will have straight-shot access by bus, which leaves 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 less than a full floor, please see "Creole cottage loft/veranda" on the airbnb site for our smaller option upstairs. 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!
New Orleans Festival Calendar for your perusal
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)
2-7: Southern Decadence Festival
4-7: Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
4-6: Louisiana Seafood Festival
2-4: Gretna Heritage Festival
3: Art for Arts Sake
(phone number hidden): 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
14-15: 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
1 -Jan 3: Celebration in the Oaks
20: Caroling in Jackson Square
24: Bonfires on the Levee
31: Crescent City Countdown
1: Sugar Bowl
6: Beginning of Carnival (Twelfth Night)
8: Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans
Jan 23-9: Mardi Gras Season
8: Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival
9: Mardi Gras Day
Wednesdays at the Square Concert Series (every Wednesday from mid-March through May)
4-6: Spring Fiesta
TBA: Buku Music + Art Project
11-20: St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
12, 20: St. Joseph's Day and Irish-Italian Parades
26: Crescent City Classic
30-Apr 3: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
7-10: French Quarter Festival
8-10: Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
9: Irish Italian Islenos Parade
20-26: Zurich Classic
22-May 1: Jazz and Heritage Festival
20-23: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
22-24: Greek Festival
4-5: New Orleans Oyster Festival
11-12: Creole Tomato Festival
25-26: Cajun Zydeco Festival
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.
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."