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 to roam free in the yard quite yet when I'm not there, but you can 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, 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 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.
Had a bike stolen recently in the French Quarter, so can't provide bikes any more, but there are numerous bike rental places nearby.
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.
- 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 when you go out.
- No parties without my permission.
Staying at David's was an absolute dream. His home is gorgeous (especially loved how the inside is decorated, wonderful artwork) and it seemed to be right next to every area we wanted to explore. David was very accommodating and the whole experience was perfect. Also, the goats were adorable!
We had a very pleasant stay with David. We did not cross paths very much, but had good contact through email and text before our arrival. He sent a handy guide for the neighborhood he had compiled himself. His house is fabulous with wonderful art!
David and Emily were awesome hosts. The property is exactly as described. Because we were there for such a crazy holiday, Mardi Gras, we were close to the action, but far enough to maintain our sanity as well. We walked everywhere, day and night, and felt safe. We loved Oscar and Pokey very much, they were a great addition to the stay! Would definitely return!
This was a lovely gem in the Treme! David has done an impeccable job of restoring this adorable home and the friendly dogs and goats made us feel right at home everyday. Accommodations were private and easily accessed with plenty of parking. Though we weren't around much to socialize, David was very helpful and knowledgeable when we did call on him. I would recommend this home to anyone that wants to enjoy New Orleans like a local and have a truly beautiful home to come back to every night. :)
David met us when we arrived to show us the house, help us unload, and answer any questions we might have. The listing was definitely very accurate. Wouldn't go walking in the neighborhood after dark, but felt very safe staying there. Lovely house and animals - the dogs and goats were total sweethearts who we very much enjoyed staying with. Location was very central and convenient. Would stay with David again.
David's Treme house was an absolute delight, and I'm so glad I chose it. David was friendly, knowledgeable, and and a gracious host. Not only that, before I arrived he provided a customized document he put together that was chalk full of options in and beyond the neighborhood. He knows all the local joints and can help you find your way in this incredible city.
The house is a tidy, gorgeously decorated home, and the room you rent is spacious and comfortable, with your own private bathroom just across the hall. The neighborhood is fascinating, and it is an easy walk to the Canal streetcar line, or a nice stroll south to the French Quarter. The goats, Merle and Clyde, are charmers, as are the two gentle older dogs. You will get to see a historic side of NOLA that most tourists don't know and even, as I did, get to stroll through the neighborhood with a second line parade!
I very much enjoyed this stay. The house is beautiful. The neighborhood is not gentrified and I took cabs at night ($6,50 from the Quarter). During the day I walked--a great way to see the city. There are some great restaurants a couple blocks away: willie mae's scotch house and dookie chase's.
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.