About this listing
The house is over a hundred years old, but was recently renovated and painted, inside and out (the official airbnb photos are a couple years old now, and don't reflect some of the improvements). It has central AC and heat, a washer/dryer, and wi-fi. You can relax in one of the rocking chairs on the spacious front porch, or on the hammock in the backyard. There's a large side yard, with a table where you can eat when the weather's nice.
The bedroom has a queen-size bed, and I've got an air mattress one of you can use if you don't want to share. There's a table in your room and wi-fi if you're trying to get some work done. You'll have a private entrance off the back porch and your own bathroom just a couple steps down the hall (bathroom's got a spare hair dryer in it already, so no need to pack one).
The bedroom has a TV and a growing selection of New Orleans-related DVDs (Treme Seasons 1-2, Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, Trouble the Water, Spike Lee's documentaries, Down by Law, Tchoupitoulas, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Panic in the Streets, Hard Times, etc...). Good way to spend a rainy day. Also plenty of New Orleans books on the bookshelf.
Times Picayune delivered three days a week, New York Times on Sunday.
I have two old dogs, Oscar and Pokey, who spend most of their day napping in the sun. As of September 2014, there are a couple new additions, two pygmy goats named Merle and Clyde. They're too small/mischievous to roam free in the yard when I'm not there, but I can introduce you and you can also watch them from the kitchen window while they play in their pen.
Feel free to use the kitchen and keep things in the refrigerator, but please clean up after yourself, don't leave the oven on.
You can also use the washer/dryer to do laundry.
Interaction with Guests
I work, so most of the time guests will have the house to themselves, and I try to stay out of their hair when I am home. But I'm also happy to give advice on where to go and what to see in town. In the course of my work as a private investigator, I've spent time in just about every part of the city. If you're looking to get off the beaten path, I'll have some ideas, as well as a few different guidebooks you can look through. I've started putting together my own list of places in the neighborhood that don't make it into the guidebooks, and before you get here, I'll email that to you as well.
I live on a quiet block in Treme (quiet unless there's a parade or birthday party going on nearby - Sunday afternoons are prime time for both). It's about a twenty minute walk from the French Quarter (or a short cab ride at night), and right around the corner from restaurants like Dooky Chase and Willie Mae's. Just steps away is the historic and newly reopened Carver Theater, where Sam Cooke and others used to play shows. Now it offers concerts, plays, and films. There's also a bar/music club right around the corner called the Ooh Poo Pah Doo that is a good place to listen to old school soul/R&B on the jukebox and has live music three nights a week.
The house is also only a short bike ride (1.4 miles) to the Superdome if you're in town for a game, or the Fairgrounds (1.2 miles) if you're here for Jazzfest (note: weekly rates do not apply during Jazzfest, Mardi Gras, other special events).
My neighborhood was hit harder by Katrina than those closer to the river and still shows some of the signs, but there are a lot of exciting things happening in it too. If you walk around, you'll see some blight, but also friendly neighbors and beautiful old architecture.
Below is the 2014-2015 second line parade schedule (dates and times can change based on weather). Most of the downtown parades go through my neighborhood, uptown parades are a couple miles away: If you're interested in catching one (and you should be), let me know and I'll give you more details.
· 8.31 Valley of Silent Men (UPTOWN)
· 9.7 No 2nd line
· 9.14 YMO (MINI - 2 HOURS) (UPTOWN)
· 9.21 Good Fellas (UPTOWN)
· 9.28 YMO (4 HOURS) (UPTOWN)
· 10.5 Family Ties (DOWNTOWN)
· 10.12 Prince of Wales (UPTOWN)
· 10.18 (SATURDAY second line) Black Men of Labor (DOWNTOWN)
· 10.19 Men of Class (UPTOWN)
· 10.26 Original 4 (UPTOWN)
· 11.2 We Are One (UPTOWN)
· 11.9 Sudan (DOWNTOWN)
· 11.16 Women of Class (UPTOWN)
· 11.23 Nine Times (DOWNTOWN)
· 11.30 Men & Lady Buckjumpers (UPTOWN)
· 12.7 Dumaine Street Gang (DOWNTOWN) / Westbank Steppers (Westbank)
· 12.14 New Generation (UPTOWN)
· 12.21 Big Nine
· 12.28 Lady & Men Rollers
· 1.4 Perfect Gentlemen (UPTOWN)
· 1.11 Lady Jetsetters (UPTOWN)
· 1.18 Undefeated Divas & Gents (DOWNTOWN)
· 1.25 Ladies & Men of Unity (UPTOWN)
· 2.1 Treme Sidewalk Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
· 2.8 1ST WEEK OF MARDI GRAS (NO 2ND LINE)
· 2.15 2ND WEEK OF MARDI GRAS (NO 2ND LINE)
· 2.22 CTC Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
· 3.1 VIP Ladies & Kids (UPTOWN)
· 3.8 Keep’n It Real (DOWNTOWN)
· 3.15 Single Men (UPTOWN)
· 3.22 Revolution (DOWNTOWN)
· 3.29 Bayou Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
· 4.5 EASTER SUNDAY/Pigeon Town Steppers (UPTOWN)
· 4.12 Single Ladies
· 4.19 Ole & Nu Style Fellas (DOWNTOWN)
· 4.26 JAZZ FEST (NO 2ND LINE)
· 5.3 JAZZ FEST (NO 2ND LINE)
· 5.10 Original Big 7 / MOTHER’S DAY (DOWNTOWN)
· 5.17 Divine Ladies (UPTOWN) / ZULU (DOWNTOWN)
· 5.24 Money Wasters (DOWNTOWN)
· 5.31 NO 2ND LINE
· 6.21 Perfect Gentlemen Father’s Day 2nd Line
· 6.28 Uptown Swingers / LAST 2ND LINE OF THE SEASON (UPTOWN)
Most of my guests come without cars and choose to walk or bike while they're here. A common question is whether it's safe to walk around the neighborhood at night. My advice (and this goes for any neighborhood in New Orleans, not just mine) is if you are going to walk around after dark, try to use common sense, pay attention, stick to the busier, more well-lighted streets, and you should be fine. But it also doesn't cost much to take a cab or Uber, less than $10 from the French Quarter or Frenchmen Street, and that's what most of my guests end up doing.
There is plenty of parking on the street if you do bring a car. That's where I park and have never had a problem, but like anywhere in New Orleans, don't leave valuables in the car where they can be seen.
I had a bike stolen recently (in the French Quarter), so can't provide bikes any more, but there are numerous bike rental places nearby, and that's a good way to get around.
I'm a block from the Galvez bus line, and seven blocks from the Canal streetcar. Most of the time those won't be the most convenient ways to get where you're going, but they could be.
Other Things to Note
I'll have coffee and tea, as well as basic breakfast foods available, usually some combination of cereal, yogurt, toast, bagels, muffins, etc... Nothing fancy, but if you need a break from all the good restaurants we've got here, help yourself. If you have particular requests, let me know ahead of time and I'll try to accommodate them.
- No smoking indoors.
- Please be respectful to the neighbors. Noise should be kept to a reasonable level, especially after hours.
- Guests are responsible for damages to the property.
- Sorry, no pets, unless you can make a convincing case that they won't scare the goats.
- Be nice to Pokey and Oscar.
- Lock doors and front gate when you go out.
- No parties, please.
Nice to eat out here on cool evenings, mornings. That's Pokey in the background, drinking from his bowl.
Staying in David's home in Treme was a wonderful experience. His house was beautiful and clean, and his pets were very charming. The location is a walkable distance from Bourbon Street. Before I arrived he sent me a very detailed guide that proved to be extremely helpful. I came along with my best friend and it was so nice to have our on bathroom and seperate entrance. I, personally enjoyed the character of Treme and would for sure stay with David again!!
David (and his pets) were very welcoming hosts. We enjoyed our stay at his beautiful home, and really appreciated his restaurant/bar recommendations. The location is very convenient and allows you to take advantage of both Treme and the French Quarter. We (two twenty-something females) felt perfectly safe walking to the Quarter from David's place. Highly recommended.
David made us feel right at home as soon as we got into New Orleans. His communication and preparation was excellent leading up to our stay. The room itself was quite comfortable and came with a surprising collection of interesting New Orleans related books and movies. The neighbourhood could be considered a bit dodgy to walk through late at night but during the day it is fine and definitely worth visiting.
All in all, a very pleasurable and unique stay, especially with David's very friendly dogs and goats!
1. The visit was during low tourist season when temperatures rise to 36C/96F which made walking to locations challenging. We ended up renting a car and most of our locations were within 10-15 minutes of travel. David was also kind enough to lend us a parking space in front of his house (but I don't mean to start a precedent if this is not his usual policy).
2. I should also mention that his dogs were extremely quiet, and did not even bark once in our entire four day stay. If this should be of any interest to you.
We spent 4 nights in David's beautiful house. The bed- and bathroom were wonderful, clean, well kept. We could make use of the kitchen and fridge as we wished. David is a discrete host and he can provide great tips about where to go, where to eat, etc. in New Orleans. The location is somewhat far from public transport, but nothing you can't manage with a bit of walking / taxis. We would definitely recommend staying here!
Lovely place, friendly host and sent trough in advance some really useful information for us. Accessible location to get into the city centre. Great room with original art work on the walls. Good communication during our stay from David when needed. Thanks very much!
Great stay. Very comfortable and low key space from which to launch NOLA excursions. David is a gracious host and responds quickly to questions and issues. Would definitely stay here again.
This was a beautiful property and room--clean, well-decorated. I didn't see much of David and his girlfriend. The dogs and goats were more of a presence and were there to greet me every time I returned. The neighborhood was conveniently located to the quarter by cab. Only about ten dollars and worth it.
About the Host, David
I've been in New Orleans for about six years now, and bought a house in Treme about three years ago. I love the neighborhood and my neighbors.
I don't get to travel as much as I used to (after college, I lived in Cambodia for a year, and I've also spent a decent amount of time in southern Africa and Mexico), but when I do, I like to read up on the place before I go. Before you arrive, I'll send you a list of some places in the neighborhood you might want to check out. I'll also have plenty of New Orleans-related books and DVDs you can check out once you get here.