Cozy cottage near Bayou St. John!

House - Entire home/apt · Maurepas Street, New Orleans, LA 70119, United States
Your host, Michel
24 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

Think of it as a retreat away from the hustle and bustle-great for creatives that need some time away to think, write, generate new work ideas. This studio apartment is a fully furnished efficiency with everything you need for a stay in New Orleans. (Except a t.v.)

In apartment there's a small gas stove and oven, fridge, private bathroom with clawfoot tub and shower, central A/C + an additional window unit, central heat, alarm system, free wi-fi and parking is located on side of the house (corner lot). Water, gas and energy is included. Shared laundry by request. Located centrally in Faubourg St. John, it's a short bicycle ride to the quarter or City Park. Walking distance to numerous terrific restaurants such as Cafe'Degas, Lola's, Santa Fe, Nona Mia's and more. Coffee houses are steps away too as well as two mom and pop grocery stores. Also there's a streetcar within walking distance. It's a little summer retreat with swimming pool just down the street!. You can have privacy as the apartment is set off the street with its own side entrance. Shared garden in the backyard for those that like to wake up to the morning sun or pick herbs for cooking. I have 2 small dogs and a cat on my side of the house, and all are in yard occasionally. Also, if you are interested in finding out about some of the local haunts, or suggested places to catch music etc, I'll be glad to make suggestions for you! If you're even considering New Orleans as a destination, get in touch right away!

Guest Access

Washer/dryer by appointment. Backyard is shared. You are welcome to store your bicycle in yard.

Interaction with Guests

I usually introduce myself to the guest initially. But I respect privacy. The backyard is shared and is used as needed. Feel free to say hello or ask questions if you have any-text, email or catch me when I'm in the gardens in the mornings. Happy to point you in the direction of wonderful things happening around town.

The Neighborhood

My neighborhood is diverse, working class and very special. It's a cross section of the city, with musicians, writers, anthropologists, artists, and young lawyers, doctors, etc mixed. Everyone knows each other and greets each other kindly. During jazz fest, it's amazing to see the neighborhood unfold with music and good cheer. A brass band may walk by playing. Young musicians practice at a nearby school preparing for Mardi Gras. While New Orleans has its crime issues, this neighborhood is filled with people looking out for each other. As a result, the community fiber is strong, resilient and compassionate.

Getting around

There's a bus on Esplanade Avenue that runs in the directions of the French Quarter and City Park and connecting buses will take you to Uptown, downtown etc. There is a streetcar within walking distance that takes you to Canal Street and downtown. Since it's "mid- city" the location is central and easy to get to so much by bike or car....the Central Business District, Convention Center, the Lakefront, French Quarter. Within walking distance is City Park, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bayou St. John, coffee houses many restaurants, grocery...etc

Other Things to Note

Yes, the unexpected brass band might walk by playing their hearts out, with people dropping in behind them…dancing and singing along-or a bizarre bicycle gang with radiant colorful lights sprinkled all over their bikes might weave through the streets on a Thursday evening just after dark. It's an odd place but memorable- and totally what a porch was made for. Who needs a T.V when you live in N'awlins dawlin. When it gets hot, there's of course AC but there's also snowballs all over town! Don't miss them. Or make your own with some of the mint in the backyard. that's all-just sayin. If you’re planning on moving around at night-please be careful. Crime is an issue walking or riding bikes at night-Taxis may be the best way to go after dark.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 30 nights
Weekly Price: $200 /week
Monthly Price: $550 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Michel's cozy cottage was perfect for my month-long stay in New Orleans. I loved the location. It's close to cute cafes, restaurants, and parks and is only a short bike ride away from the French Quarter, but it's also just enough off the beaten path to get some real peace and quiet. The space is small but had everything I needed, and the backyard is beautiful. To top it off, Michel is lovely- she's a welcoming host and a truly interesting person. Highly recommended :)

    May 2014
    Response from Michel:

    Thanks Mollie! It was a such pleasure to meet you and I hope you come back next time you're in Nola

    May 2014
  • This was cozy and clean place to live one month. Garden is really nice and Michel helped me with everything from getting bicycle lock to doing laundry. Everything was easy and location is great. A short walk from a grocery store and nice coffee places.

    April 2014
  • This is indeed a cozy space, but I can't say enough positives about Michel's hospitality as well as her interesting neighborhood and her diverse neighbors. She and I had numerous rewarding conversations about our experiences in New Orleans, especially since Katrina, and the influence the local environment has on her art. Thanks, Michel (and Lulu and Rocket) for allowing me to make this efficiency my wonderful winter home.

    March 2014
  • I want to live at Michel's studio forever. Really a fantastic, clean, artsy space in a wonderful neighborhood with an attentive and kind host (who you could never see or who you may end up talking with over tea from time to time). The space is small, but perfect to rest and relax after a day or night of exploring. Easy walks to bus that takes you into french quarter and streetcar at the museum/park that gets you dwntwn. I don't want to talk it up too much bc I'm hoping the place won't be all booked for my next visit! Thanks for everything Michel!

    May 2013
    Response from Michel:

    Jenine you are a sweat heart and a great guest, allowing me, the host, the space to make art, and do my thing, while also enjoying sharing a wonderful dinner together on a free night. I hope you do move to New Orleans eventually, I will greet you with homegrown flowers.

    May 2013
  • This was my first experience with AirBnB and it has spoiled me forever! Where do I start? When I arrived at Michel's place, the cab driver said "Honey, you picked the right spot!" Man, was she ever right. When people asked me where I was staying, I started to say "I'm visiting a friend", by day 2! I absolutely loved loved loved my stay at Michel's. Not only did we totally click and become friends, and shared lots of beautiful conversations and much laughter, but the place itself was also in a beautiful neighborhood with a good vibe, friendly neighbors and literally steps away from the Jazz Fest, which I attended. It gave me the opportunity to experience a lot of what was going on around the Fest, as well. Music in the streets, watching people, a random garage band (literally in a garage) we stumbled upon, with a very good sax player! :) Forget about the touristy French Quarter, this neighborhood feels much more authentic. I'd looked for hotels before considering AirBnB, and man did I hit the jackpot with Michel's place. It was my birthday trip and turned out to be all that I'd hoped for and more. The place is beautiful (loved the colors!), clean, warm, and very functional. It provided all that I needed, I slept so well (because I felt happy). Thanks so much Michel, for your incredible kindness, openness, hospitality and warmth. I can't wait to show you Istanbul one day!

    May 2013
  • The host of this airbnb, like most of her neighbors in this safe neighborhood of small, well-maintained old homes near the New Orleans fairgrounds, is an artist--in her case, a photographer whose landscape work can be described as both fine art and documentary. Like many houses in the historic sections of New Orleans, it is painted in multiple colors: in this case, teal, orange, dark orange, and blue. You will stay in a small, spartan but very clean studio apartment with a separate entrance through the garden at the side of the house. I would recommend this airbnb for a single person who is busy in New Orleans and just needs a place to sleep. The studio is too small for more than one person and isn't furnished for lounging or entertaining. The best reason to stay here is to meet Michel and learn about her work.

    April 2013
  • Michel was the best host! The apartment was all that I needed, fridge, full stove w/pots, pans, dishes and sinks! I am very picky about my food and travel with many food items and was happy to have the proper facilities to store/use them. I can't say enough about the grounds of the house if you are a nature lover! I have spent most days and every evening in her wonderful back yard garden or on the front porch. The neighborhood is very friendly and there is a real sense of community. So much so, that I extended my stay for another week! Other notable perks, fresh fruit, tomatoes and flowers in the room as well as tea & honey. All products in the apartment are environmentally friendly. Michel is also a wealth of information about the city and overall great to converse with anytime you are open to that and very respectable of your privacy if you are not open to socialize. The location is fabulous, a quick walk to neighborhood restaurants & stores, City Park for a great workout and The French Quarter--I love walking, so I didn't use public transportation for any of these things. With all of that being said, the greatest thing about my time here is the ENERGY--there is an upbeat, life giving energy around Michel, her property and this entire neighborhood. The animals are all friendly, the birds seem to sing louder, the butterfly's are great in number and the cats you see in the neighborhood speak to you with a great meow ;) Michels is definitely in my top 3 places to stay whenever I am in New Orleans is a home away from home. I highly recommend staying here--you may find yourself extending your stay in New Orleans as well or toying with the idea of relocating to this neighborhood.

    April 2013
  • What can I say about staying with Michel except that we had so much fun and yes the conversations in the garden were pretty excellent. We have similar character and find we enjoyed the same sense of humour and she was happy to listen to my many bizarre and wonderful experiences I had during my time in NOLA accompanied by attention seeking deficit Rocket and tropical Lulu the house dogs and a plate of fruit. The accommodation was bajou and unpretentious and I enjoyed the privacy. But it was everybody in the neighborhood that added that little more charm to my stay. I love NOLA, I love my landladies and all my short-lived neighbours and I even loved Mr Bu.........:)

    April 2013
  • Michel is delightful - friendly and welcoming. The room is small but clean and just perfect for one person. The back yard is beautiful and location is very nice.

    March 2013
  • Michel was an awesome host, very knowledgeable about the local area, with great tips on places to visit and eat. The room was also very cozy, with all the amenities you would need for a night or a week.

    March 2013
    Response from Michel:

    Thanks Stephen.

    March 2013
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