About this listing
Relax and enjoy an entire floor of my home in the heart of the Uptown area. Easy access to the French Quarter, Garden District, St. Charles Ave mansions, dining, shopping and live music, much within walking distance. Great during Mardi Gras
Walk inside, kick off your shoes and let the floor tiles cool your feet. Bring your bags into the bedroom, where you have a comfortable queen-size bed and ample closet space, along with an ironing board and iron. But who wants to do that on vacation? Check out the cozy kitchen and help yourself to the complementary wine, water and soft drinks, or brew yourself a coffee with the Keurig. There is a gas range and utensils if you're in the mood to cook up the Cajun recipe you just discovered, and the grocery store a few blocks away can get you started. Or kick back in your huge living room with cable TV and free Wi-Fi as you stretch out on the leather sofa or melt into an oversized chair. There is a laptop desk if you need to catch up on emails, and you can even do a light workout with the ab machine and dumbbells. Have a shower in your must-see private bathroom, where you are provided with towels, body wash, shampoo, hair dryer and other amenities as needed. You will have over 1000 square feet of space all to yourself! Feel free to wander outside and enjoy your coffee or cocktails on the deck, soaking in the southern sun under the branches of a gracious oak tree, or head to the shaded sitting area in the yard to watch neighborhood passersby. But you're here to explore New Orleans, indulge in Mardi Gras or take in Jazz Fest, so walk less than a minute to St. Charles Avenue and hop on the streetcar for a quick ride down to the French Quarter, Audubon Park, or Tulane and Loyola Universities. You can also use the bicycles for a leisurely ride around the various and interesting neighborhoods of the Big Easy. As they say, “Laissez le bon temps rouler!" Let the good times roll.
Full kitchen. Private bath. Deck and shaded sitting area in the yard. Ample off-street parking. Free washer and dryer upon request. There is no shared space; you have the entire first floor to yourself with a private entrance.
Interaction with Guests
My work schedule is flexible; if I'm around I can offer suggestions on good eats, things to do and places to see, or anything from high tea to dive bars. I enjoy spending time in my garden, so you might find yourself digging and planting along side of me, if I can sweet-talk you into it. My curious and friendly cat Theo may ask you to scratch his chin if you're outside on the deck.
You will be staying in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood, midway between the French Quarter and the Riverbend area. With New Orleans being on the Mississippi River, going “uptown" means heading up-river from wherever you are and “downtown" is the opposite. The house is in a quiet neighborhood that seems secluded when compared to bawdy Bourbon St, but you're never far from the action. You can take a leisurely walk up St. Charles, spending an hour or so taking in the grand mansions that line the avenue. The streetcars pass them as well, but some folks like to take their time and get good photos. If you do opt for the streetcar, heading downtown will take you through the famed Garden District, and it's well worth the time to tag along with one of the many walking tours though this stately part of the city. Most of them start near or pass by one of the city's famed cemeteries, which you can also see for free on your own. From my house you can also walk 5 blocks to Magazine St, a bustling stretch of shops, restaurants and bars that have become the favorite stops for many of the locals. It's a colorful and dizzying way to spend a few hours, and some people even make a day of it. Within a short 3 blocks of where you will be staying, there is an upscale Creole restaurant that is one of my favorites, the Upperline. It's been run by JoAnn for years and she has an astounding collection of local art covering the walls, creating a magical atmosphere that perfectly complements the superb cuisine and impeccable service. You can't go wrong here. Close by to Upperline you will find many other treats, including a great French bistro, a shop that makes sinful homemade ice cream, and a gourmet cheese shop whose purveyor just got voted America's top cheese monger! The man knows his cheese, and they make tasty sandwiches as well. It's conveniently located next to a wine shop. Also within that block or two is a spa, several banks, a pharmacy, a grocery store, two gyms and a coffee shop. If you're feeling like doing a bit more walking, you can head about 10 blocks to Freret Street, whose neighborhood was underwater when Katrina flooded the city but has come back amazingly and boasts a stretch of nice restaurants and shops.
Back to the streetcar… if you go further uptown, you can get to Tulane and Loyola universities, Audubon Park (a great place to walk, run, ride bikes, feed ducks or just relax and people-watch), the zoo and the Riverbend area, so named because the river makes a turn there. You can exit the streetcar at Oak St, which has undergone a complete makeover and seems like a mini-Magazine St. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop there and I'd be happy to give you some recommendations.
Last but not least is my proximity to the main parade route for Mardi Gras. The parades roll down Napoleon Ave before they turn onto St. Charles Ave, and you'll be two blocks away. This comes in very handy for beer and bathroom breaks during Carnival time!
The streetcar is so close, about a half-minute walk. Magazine St bus, 5 blocks away, travels uptown and downtown. I recommend having the exact fare ($1.25; $1.50 for transfers) because they won't give you change. You can also purchase an all-day pass for $3 right on the streetcar. There is ample free parking at the house. From the airport, a cab is the quickest way and their fares are standardized. It's around $33 one-way.
Other Things to Note
The property is listed as accessible to those with disabilities, as everything is on one level. However there is a small step to get into the shower, and there is about a 2-inch (5 cm) difference between the floor of the living room and the floor of the bedroom.
There are his and hers bicycles that you can use to tour around the neighborhood.
Other than when Mardi Gras parades are rolling through, this is a quiet neighborhood and I'm sure my neighbors would like it to stay that way. So hard partiers and loud music players are not welcome. I prefer guests who are respectful of my home and who will treat it as they would their own. No pets. No smoking is allowed inside, but outside is OK, as long as you pick up butts.
There is a firm cancellation policy. Bad weather, airline cancellations, illness and other circumstances occur regardless of travel plans. Please consider investing in travel insurance.