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, 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 and bike lights.
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.
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 - no problem.
I have lived here for 12 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.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$750 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2800 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s) and Cat(s)|
What a great place to stay in New Orleans, both the double and the location. The place is even better then the pictures, very roomy with beautiful high ceilings, a well stocked kitchen and a great porch to kick back on with a cocktail or two. Carin is great and very accommodating with any requests we had and using the bikes to tool around is a fun change of pace. The neighborhood is an eclectic, kinda hipster 'hood that was a welcome respite from our adventures through out the city. It's conveniently located but far enough away to have it's own vibe and not feel like you're surrounded by throngs of tourists. Highly recommend, thanks again Carin!
We stayed for 2 nights with Carin and have only positive things to say: the apartment is really nice, very well equipped, beautiful design, spacious and i a very nice local neighbourhood. It is walking distance from Frenchmen street, French quarter, Treme. Carin was very gracious nice host. Would absolutely stay again. 100% recommend, great experience.
With hosts like Carin and places like this amazing Bywater double, I have no idea why anyone would stay in a hotel or B&B. Bywater is a picturesque neighborhood, and Carin's place is located on a quiet residential street, which made us feel like locals while staying here. The double itself is beautiful, with high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and a full kitchen. Carin has also added plenty of unique furniture and odds and ends that really make it homey. It is also an easy walk to the French Quarter from her place, and it is also close to Frenchmen Street in the Marigny, which features top jazz clubs. Parking is included and is not a problem.
Carin's hosting skills are extremely impressive. Her recommendations about the neighborhood and knowledge of the city are impeccable--she will not steer you wrong with advice. She has compiled a guidebook that includes local dining, shopping, and other haunts, as well as amazing pictures of the restoration she did in the double to upgrade it to its current, beautiful state. She also has a healthy supply of maps and travel guides, as well as a wealth of books about New Orleans' neighborhoods and architecture. (She has some literary books set in New Orleans or by luminous authors, including Tennessee Williams and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.)
Highlights from our trip included dinner at Elizabeth's (fantastic New Orleans cooking, including a hog jowl and spinach salad that was to die for) and a dinner at Bacchanal Wine ((website hidden)). Bacchanal was a revelation and food and wine enthusiasts' dream come true--you start out by walking into a wine shop where you select small vineyard, Old World wines along with artisan cheeses, then carry your selections out back to the quaint patio area, where you order gourmet small and large plates directly from the kitchen window (the burrata mozzarella, salmon ceviche, and crispy pork shoulder plates were perfectly prepared, aggressively flavored, and absolutely delicious). The wine shop takes plastic, but the kitchen and bar are cash only, for the time being, anyway. In addition to the food, we enjoyed the gypsy jazz of the Courtyard Kings, who play Bacchanal every Thursday. A thunderstorm shortened our evening, but we were so taken with Bacchanal that we returned for a quiet lunch the following day (we had the courtyard to ourselves on a Friday around noon). The confit chicken leg with Brussels sprouts was well worth the return, and likely the best chicken dish we've had.
We also ate at Captain Sal's, a local seafood dive on St. Claude, explored Dr. Bob's (Be Nice or Leave) warehouse on Chartres, and had drinka at the jazz institution Vaughan's, all within walking distance in Bywater. Our only regret about the trip was that it was too short, and we didn't have enough time to explore the city more. When we return to New Orleans, we'll definitely be taking advantage of Carin's weekly rate. Can't recommend it strongly...
What can I say but the house was perfect and in a great neighbourhood. Carin was super friendly and helpful. The Bywater is filled with wonderful bars and eateries and very close to the French Quarter. I would not hesitate in staying in Carin's terrific home again. Highly recommended!
We had a super stay at Carin's beautiful New Orleans house. Carin met us on arrival and showed us how everything worked. The location was perfect in a friendly, leafy residential area just a pleasant 20 min stroll to the heart of the French Quarter. We found plenty of great places to eat plus grocery stores within a few blocks. The house was really charming with beautiful wooden floors, high ceilings and lots of attention to detail in the furnishings and decor. Our highlights included afternoon cups of tea on the sunny porch, flourless chocolate cake at Elizabeth's (one of Carin's recommendations) and coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde. All in all, a wonderful trip and we'd love to stay with Carin again.
Carin was a fabulous host and the apartment was really great, in a really cool location, clean, relaxing and exactly as promised. Carin was also really lovely even letting us know we'd left something behind. I would absolutely recommend staying here to anyone!
Carin's place in New Orleans is awesome. My boyfriend and I could not have had a better time staying in Bywater. We were able to walk to a number of restaurants in the area as well as bike when needed. As a couple of twenty-somethings from Seattle we felt that we fit in perfectly and look forward to coming back as soon as we can!
We stayed at Carin's for five nights and loved it. It had everything we wanted and was walking distance to the French Quarter. We walked everywhere. We really enjoyed staying in the Bywater area as it gave us the opportunity to talk to local people. Our experience at Carin's was outstanding and we would highly recommend it.
We stayed two nights (May 2014) We walked to the French Quarter and it was interesting to see the historic homes along the way.
This is a great location which has parking. We had a car rental. The accommodation had everything we needed. We would stay here again. Satsuma Cafe was a great breakfast place just a few blocks away.
Thank you Carin
We had a lovely stay at Carin's house. The house itself was exactly as pictured -- well-appointed, clean, and adorably decorated. The neighborhood was quiet, and easily accessible to the French Quarter. Carin was incredibly accommodating, and was kind enough to let us store our bags for an early arrival and late departure. I would highly recommend her place to anyone traveling to New Orleans!
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