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.
This fits two people; either a couple in the bedroom or two friends - one in the bedroom and the other on the fold down futon.
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, Red's Chinese, Junction and The Country Club. 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. Prices will be affected by festivals like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest and the weekly rate dos NOT apply during these festival times.
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 to do so. What I supply is above what is provided at any hotel. If you use up what is there, please purchase items such as laundry soap, dish detergent or toilet paper as you need it.
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:
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. Please make arrangements upon your arrival to drop the key off with me on your departure. I might not be able to be here, so let me know right away what your plans are.
Please remove your trash and recycling when you leave. The trash cans are out front as well as a single recycling bin. The recycling rules are on the refrigerator door.
Our stay was absolutely amazing! The home was beautiful, clean, and welcoming. Carin was incredibly helpful in sharing recommendations and supporting our visit. We really can't say enough good things about our experience in the Bywater!
Carin ist eine sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Gastgeberin. Wir haben uns hier sehr wohl gefühlt. Die Unterkunft hat viel Charme und ist gut gelegen, ca. 20 Minuten bis ins Zentrum French Quarter. Alles war vorhanden wie z.B. Toilettenartikel, Abwaschmittel, Kaffee etc.
Das Haus war sehr sauber. Wir können diese Unterkunft bestens empfehlen.
Carin's house in the Bywater couldn't have been nicer. The location was perfect and the space is much larger then it looks in the photographs. Carin is a warm and informative host. She offered a number of great suggestions and has a binder full of tourist information. I would stay here again in heartbeat and highly recommend it other travelers.
Special note the 88 bus is a terrific route to hookup with all the streetcars. Also buy the jazzy pass - it's a steal.
Carin's house is spacious, nicely decorated, comfortable, quiet, and extremely well-appointed. She has thought of every need that a guest might have, and has gone above and beyond to be sure that the house has extras that are important in New Orleans: sunscreen, over-the-counter remedies for ailments, coffee, bug spray and much more. She stayed up late to welcome us on our first night and introduced us to the house and neighborhood. I had been to a couple restaurants/bars in the Marigny-Bywater area before, but hadn't stayed there. It was truly perfect--calm and peaceful in case you need to recuperate from the crowds of Bourbon or Frenchmen Street, or if you just like to relax in a "home away from home" environment. Exploring the neighborhood was a pleasure--try the designer cocktails at Oxalis in the "The Branch" bar in the very back courtyard. She has painted the exterior trim of the house in wonderful colors since the photos were taken, so stay there and check out the color scheme. Super-comfy bed--my slightly insomniac husband slept more than 8 hours straight every night which might be a first for him. Also the house has a fascinating collection of books about the architecture of New Orleans, plus many other New Orleans-themed books.
Carin's home was exactly what we were looking for when we visited New Orleans in mid April. The house is super charming and Carin had tons of informatfor us on things to do while there. Walking distance to the French Quarter or a short (and cheap!) cab ride if it's raining! I would definitely look into staying here again on a return trip to New Orleans.
Carin was waiting for us on the the front porch when we arrived. She welcomed us and showed us around her house, which is charming, comfortable, and clean and just as pictured online (except the exterior has been painted in vibrant colors). She gave us advice on places to eat in the neighborhood and answered questions we had about things we wanted to do around NOLA, and she has gathered a lot of helpful information into a convenient binder. She had tea, coffee and milk available for us, as well as some famous Zapp's New Orleans tater chips! Oh, and she has several books on New Orleans architecture and other interesting subjects. The front porch was lovely. It was great sitting out there early-ish in the morning when it was still cool out, exchanging pleasantries with the folks walking by and listening to the birds chirping . The house is big & roomy and stayed nice & cool inside even when it was hot & muggy outside. Nice large bathroom with a good shower, warm water, and fresh clean towels. It was also quiet at night and conducive to a good night's sleep after traipsing around the city all day. A cab ride over to the French Market was about $8. I would definitely like to stay in this historic Bywater Victorian again!
Carin was a wonderful host. We were in constant communication in the days leading up to our trip. When we arrived she greeted us on the porch and after a brief chat she showed us her lovely home. The space is exactly how it looks and is incredibly clean and comforting. Carin was able to give us an entire binder that she had put together. The binder was full of local recommendations for food as well as things to do in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is eclectic and vibrant. When we return to New Orleans (which we we plan to) Carin's place would be our first choice. I recommend highly to all potential visitors.
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.