If you are looking to get away from the tourist end of New Orleans, be my guest and live like a local. Come stay in my 100+ year old Victorian Double style home in the Bywater.
This is half a double, so it includes everything you will need. It is a self contained and open, airy space with a living room, full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and laundry.
There are great places to eat, thrift, sip coffee, and see local theater and art within walking distance. If you need quick grocery items, the New Orleans Food Co-op and Mardi Gras Zone are just blocks away.
Great places to eat and drink are within a few minutes walking distance; Cake Cafe, Satsuma, Elizabeth's, Jim's, Maurepas Foods, Bacchanal, MImi's, Mariza, Pizza Delicious, Booty's, Mariza, The Joint and The Country Club (they also have a pool, but talk to me first). There are a few bars in the area that now serve food as well, which is great when you are not ready to go home but need to eat.
I have basic cable hooked up, so local news and weather is available. There is Wifi at the house and at most coffee shops. If you need to use my printer for small things I will be happy to help you out with that as well. There is private laundry inside the house, so you do not have to return home with dirty clothes. There is a fold out thick mattress futon in the living room if there is an additional guest (price will apply). Prices will be affected by festivals like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest and the weekly rate dos NOT apply during these festival times.
There are 2 bikes available for rent while you are here - it is $25 per bike for your entire stay. They are male and female cruisers, nothing fancy and come with 2 u-locks.
Interaction with Guests
The apartment is self contained and I leave it up to you to decide how much we talk. I don't want to invade your privacy and do not come into the apartment unless we arrange so.
The St. Claude Arts District hosts an art walk of the local galleries the 2nd Saturday of each month and the Shadow box Theater on St. Roch has fun, interesting, and thought provoking plays. Fringe Festival is in November and a majority of the plays/puppet shows/vaudeville takes place in the Bywater and Marigny neighborhood.
There are two bus lines close to the house that can take you down to the French Quarter. The 5 is on Royal Street and the 55 on St. Claude Ave. There is a map on (website hidden) to plan any trip. Most people walk, since it is only 1 mile to the edge of the French Quarter and takes about 15 minutes walking.
Other Things to Note
If you are highly (I mean extreme) allergic to animals, this may not be the right house for you. While there are NO pets allowed in the apartment, there are cats that hang on the porch and I have 2 dogs. I may carry traces of dander (on me) into the apartment when I clean and I cannot guarantee a perfectly hypoallergenic environment.
Brett & I work very hard between every guest to make it as close to perfect as possible. While we want you to feel at home, please treat the apartment with respect. If you are looking for a hotel atmosphere with a maid, please do not book my place.
Check in is anytime after 3:00 p.m. and check out is at 11:00 a.m. unless special arrangements are made. If you have a later flight and need to stow your bags at my place, we can arrange that unless one of us is unable to be here.
I have lived here for 14 years and can go on forever about the fun things to do in this city, so please ask away! I have also compiled a booklet of all the great things to do and see in the area and lots of pamphlets for swamp & plantation tours. I live on the property, so I am happy to chat, share a glass of wine on the porch, and help you enjoy your stay in New Orleans.
I am seeking people to comply with basic norms of peaceful, respectful, communal behavior. By making a reservation, you are agreeing to all terms & conditions, as outlined here:
Please no-smoking, inside. If you need to smoke, please do so on the porch and dispose of the buts. Extra guests are not welcome unless agreed upon. Anyone other than the Guest booking, may not be admitted to the property at any time. The Property is a private residence; the Homeowner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occur while on the premises or its facilities. Please keep the property and all furnishings in good order (please don't eat or drink in bed). Please only use appliances for their intended purposes. Guest agrees not to download any unlawful content from the internet while using the wifi provided by the Homeowner. Please no illegal drugs or weapons on the premises. Check-in after 3 pm & Check-out at 11 am or as arranged. Lost keys incur a $55 surcharge if the lock needs to be replaced.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Carin's place this past weekend while in town for a wedding at the Marigny Opera House. Carin contacted after booking and confirmed that the Opera House was in close distance to her house. It ended up being the perfect location! We loved staying in the neighborhood and walked to nearby restaurants for dinner and brunch during our stay. The house was also in walking distance from Frenchman Street, which was a highlight of our trip.
The house is just like described/shown in photos. I was surprised how large the place was! Carin provided fresh towels/linens and everything was clean. We were very comfortable and felt safe walking to and from our destinations.
We had a wonderful time and look forward to returning soon.
Carin was a great host - easy to come in contact with, quick response, great recommendations and always very helpful. We absolutely loved Carin's classic NOLA apartment - very beautifully restaurated with all the things you might need. Nice and quiet neighborhood but still very close to downtown. The 2 bikes helped us to come around some of our days in NOLA. We'd love to come back one day.
My husband and I stayed at Carin's place the last weekend in February and we loved …
•the spacious, clean living area
•the kitchen stocked with coffee, tea, milk, sugar, cereal and beer
•the comfortable bed
•getting to stay in a cool little place outside the French Quarter
We felt right at home.
The great part was that it was still easy enough to get to other parts of the city. We walked from the house to the French Quarter one morning. I don't recall how long it took exactly…maybe 30 mins on foot? In any case, we had a nice walk and we got to see a lot of cool architecture, which was great. We also stopped at one place along the way and had breakfast.
On both evenings we were there, we called for a cab to pick us up and take us to different areas of the city. (The number was on a bulletin board in the kitchen.) Both times, the car arrived within 5 mins of our calling.
All in all, this is a lovely place to stay and Carin was a friendly, helpful host.
We'd go back!
Carin greeted us upon arrival and made our first point of contact with New Orleans a friendly one. She gave us tips on where to go and what to see around the city and let us know the ins and outs of what not to do as well.
The house was really cute, just like the photos, and had the perfect amount of space for 2 people (we couldn't believe our luck). Clean, warm during the cold nights we had there, and in a good spot in regards to the city.
Location was great, about a 15 minute walk to the border of the French quarter, but it's perfect if you want to get a feel for New Orleans outside the French Quarter.
I'd recommend Carin's place to family and friends alike!
We stayed at Carin's over Mardi Gras. She was there to greet us on arrival, friendly and lots of advice for places to go. Flat was just like in the photos, maybe even a little bigger, there was more than enough space. Some nice extras like local beer - thanks Carin! The area was great, really liked the neighbourhood, loads of good food places, especially for breakfast. Totally safe, we walked everywhere including back to the flat late at night. Carin also has bikes you can use. Only tiny downside is the trains horns, didn't bother us and not all night or anything but if you're a light sleeper they might disrupt you. Definitely not a deal breaker though, would recommend to anyone wanting to stay in New Orleans!
This is our second time staying with Carin while in New Orleans and I just can't say enough great things about her and her place. She is so friendly and really knows all the fun places to go and things to do in town. The house is beautiful and in a perfect location. These are just a few of the reasons why we keep coming back to stay here every time we are in town. We already can't wait for our next trip!
Carin is a great host! We felt welcomed immediately and she was very accommodating. The apartment was clean and ready when we got there. She had snacks, coffee, and tea as well. Carin gave us ideas on where to rent bikes and various parades to attend. She was always available if we had questions. I will definitely stay here again!
I am originally from Milwaukee and graduated from UWM with an Art degree. I moved to New Orleans at the end of 2000 and fell in love with the city. I worked freelance and for a contractor for almost 10 years painting furniture and interiors. I am currently working with a bike tour company that shows people a different side of New Orleans. I am currently teaching myself how to sew and upholster furniture. I love suggesting places to eat, see music, and enjoy the sights.
My 5 favorite cities that I've visited so far outside the USA: Prague, Saint Petersburg, Milan, Amsterdam and San Miguel de Allende. Favorites in USA: New Orleans, Austin, Chicago, Portland, and Milwaukee. Top 5 cities I hope to visit soon: Stockholm, London, Berlin, Marseille and Barcelona.