Treme - Nice Room, Big Front Porch

House - Private room · N Johnson St, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States
Your host, David
74 Reviews
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The Space

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 full-size bed, and I've got an air mattress you can use if you want to fit more people in there (if you run out of room and someone wants to sleep on the living room couch, that's fine, but there's a $25 per night fee once you have more than 2 guests). 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. They're both pretty likeable.

Guest Access

Feel free to use the kitchen and keep things in the refrigerator, but 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. I used to work for a nonprofit in town, and in the course of that work, 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.

The Neighborhood

I live on a quiet block in Treme, 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 remainder of the 2013-2014 second line parade schedule. 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.

May 2014

11th - Original Big 7 (Mother’s Day) 1:00 pm
18th - Divine Ladies 1:00 pm
25th - Money Wasters 1:00 pm

June 2014

15th - Perfect Gentlemen (Father’s day) 1:00 pm
22nd - Uptown Swingers 1:00 pm

Getting around

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 to 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, less than $10 from the French Quarter or Frenchmen Street.

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 have three bicycles you can borrow to get around, should be one that fits you. The bikes have locks, and lights if you're riding at night. Helmets available too.

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 provide basic breakfast foods in the morning, usually some combination of coffee, tea, cereal, yogurt, bagels, muffins, etc... If you have particular requests, let me know ahead of time and I'll try to accommodate them.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $490 /week
Monthly Price: $1350 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $25
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • My experience at David's was like none other. I truly appreciated David's beautiful home, and his very laid back personality. Prior to my arrival, David sent an email with loads of information about the area. It included directions to the house, as well as, restaurants to try out during our stay. Upon our arrival, David greeted us at the door and assisted us in getting our luggage inside. Then came the tour, introduction to Oscar and Pokey (two of the coolest dogs on the planet), and issuance of a key to the home. The house rules were more than fair, and the location was awesome. We actually walked everywhere, only utilizing a cab for transport to and from airport. I would most definitely stay here again. I felt right at home :)

    July 2014
  • David has a lovely house just north of the French quarter. It was an absolute pleasure staying with him. It was easy to get around by foot, bike or taxi, though we did not walk around the area after dark as New Orleans can be quite dangerous and it is a quiet part of town. The house was extremely comfortable, and David did everything to be accommodating and make our stay a pleasure. His knowledge and advice about NOLA was great. Facilities were great and very clean.

    July 2014
  • Great house, great host, great neighborhood. I was in town for a conference at the Marriot and walked downtown the mornings, which took around 20 minutes allowing for plenty of greetings from friendly locals. If you're worried about the dogs, don't be - you couldn't find a better behaved pair.

    June 2014
  • David is a very sweet, kind person and immediately made us feel welcome. The clean, spacious room is right across the hall from a private bath with stackable washer/dryer. The shower was especially lovely after spending time outside in the hot, sticky June NOLA weather; there was no lack of hot water and water pressure was excellent. The central air conditioning in the house works great, and there is a ceiling fan over the bed which we also used and enjoyed. David's dogs, Oscar and Pokey, are wonderful and extremely well-behaved. They do not beg at the table or jump, and while they love attention, they are also content to be ignored if that's what suits you. The neighborhood is still recovering from Katrina. There is still a significant number of vacant lots and vacant houses, but others have been restored and the people we interacted with in the area were pleasant.

    June 2014
  • I really enjoyed staying in this beautiful Treme old house. Everything was just as described. David is a nice and helpful host and his dogs were sweet and very respectful of my space. Reccomended!

    June 2014
  • Everything met my expectations. David was a nice, friendly host. He gave plenty of great recommendations on places to go and see. The bedroom and bathroom were spacious and clean. The entire house felt comfortable to be in. It also stayed cool from the AC, which was especially nice after coming back after a hot bike ride. I was more than satisfied with my stay and would definitely stay again.

    June 2014
  • I had the perfect business & leisure visit to New Orleans, with major thanks to David. He has a clean and accessible home (true to listing and photos) and not only provides travel guidebooks, but solid suggestions on where to visit as well.

    June 2014
  • This is a wonderful place to stay if you love dogs, or even if you just tolerate them. Pokey and Oscar are exceedingly well trained. They won't enter your room even when you ask them to. David is very welcoming and seems absolutely to love his adopted home. He appeared to take pleasure making recommendations, and they were all excellent! On the other hand, he is reserved and gave me all the space I needed as he got his work done. My friend joined at the last minute, just for three days, so we had to request the air mattress: it was all blown up and in place with sheets when we arrived. I used the bikes quite a bit and wouldn't want to be in New Orleans without one. Therefore, it was great to have bikes ready to use out back. The house is beautiful. I especially loved the dining room, which, due to an empty, grassy lot next door, is filled with sun. David has some stunning paintings and lots of books and seemed pleased to share his local and NY Times papers. The guest bedroom and bathroom are well-equipped and comfortable and there's a back entrance if you want to come and go. David alerted us to not one but two second lines and some good shows at clubs. As for the neighborhood, well, I arrived with some pretty strong preconceptions, having loved the HBO series Treme, and although still a tourist, felt introduced to a world that would not ordinarily be available to me. Thanks, David!

    May 2014
  • My friend and I had a great time in NOLA in no small part thanks to David and his hospitality. David gave us a ton of information before we arrived on what to do in NOLA. how to get around,where to eat etc and he also gave us information on a Jazz Festival to hit up as well as pointed us to the amazing Candlelight Lounge the first night we arrived - even going so far as lending us cash for the evening so that we didn't need to wander around looking for an ATM.
    David shared a beer with us on our arrival, was very hospitable and welcoming and even had bagels and coffee for us in the mornings. He gave us free rein to come and go as we pleased and offered us the use of his bikes (although we didn't actually get around to using them).
    Oscar and Pokey are his friendly, well-behaved, obedient dogs and were no bother at all.
    We'd definitely stay here again and wish our stay could have been longer. New Orleans is a great city and David is the perfect host!

    May 2014
  • David was a great host! He picked us up from the train station on the day of our arrival. We spent three nights at his beautiful house and felt very comfortable. You'll have your own clean bathroom and the opportunity the use bikes, which is really the best way to get around in New Orleans. We would definitely stay with David again during our next stay in NO!

    May 2014
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Vanderbilt University, Yale Law School, Spalding MFA Program
I've been in New Orleans for about five years now, and bought a house in Treme about two years ago. I love the neighborhood and particularly my generous neighbors who keep me well-fed; whether it's red beans and rice, turkey necks, or seafood gumbo, they always make a little extra because they know I'll eat it. 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.
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