About This Listing
Two lg. rooms (+ bath) with private rear entrance, filled with art and vintage/antiques. Outdoor seating overlooking rustic back garden/micro-farm. Bikes come with. A cool urban retreat, close to the action but quiet and peaceful. A short mile to FQ.
Dragonfly Garden Studio with Bicycles
Seeking an urban retreat for your visit? Come stay in the dynamic Bywater Historic District, in our 119-year-old converted Victorian double. Suitable for 1-2 people, this private, cozy, 2-room (plus bath) studio apartment is entirely self-contained with private entrance, and overlooks the rustic back garden/urban micro-farm. Cool and comfortably furnished with an eclectic mix of antique, vintage, and modern pieces, it is newly renovated and hung with art and framed posters throughout. It includes a bedroom with queen-sized bed, ceramic tile floor, and 12’ ceiling; bathroom with shower (lovely brand-new shower, new pictures on the way); and a full kitchen with dining area and sitting room (10’ ceiling). AC/heat (controlled in apt.) and ceiling fans. WiFi (dual-band 2.4/5 GHz). Quiet, secure, and private-- we can't hear or see our guests in the space. Easy parking on street. It is one short mile to the French Quarter.
The shared outdoor area has seating on the patio for your enjoyment (smoking of any kind allowed outdoors only, NO SMOKING indoors). We have a working vegetable garden, a bit of country in the city. All lawn and garden care is organic. When in season, fresh garden greens and yard eggs may be available. If you need groceries, the New Orleans Food Co-op and Mardi Gras Zone are a few blocks away, and convenience stores are just around the corner. Delightful restaurants 3-4 short blocks away (or around the corner). An art supply/pet supply store has opened next door in the beautifully restored Art Deco/Arts & Crafts repurposed gymnasium.
In addition to a refrigerator and gas stove, the kitchen is equipped with a coffeemaker, coffee grinder, microwave, toaster-oven, French press, kettle, blender, basic kitchen tools, cookware, crockery, and utensils. The pantry is stocked with coffee beans, an assortment of teas, condiments, spices, breakfast fare (cold and hot cereals, granola bars, milk and milk alternatives, juice), and a cask of filtered water. Other details include a high-quality dock for ipods/smartphones with FM radio and aux plug-in (3.5mm); surge protector with USB charging ports; radio alarm clock; hair dryer; iron and ironing board; clothes-drying rack; box-fan; and a white-noise generator for soothing sleep should you need it. A variety of lighting options, including mood lighting. Books and maps. Fine all-cotton towels and bed linens, down comforter (winter), and a variety of pillows. We wash all our bedding between guests including the bedspread.
BIKES: The two bicycles (with locks) are included with your visit. These are vintage one-speed bikes with coaster brakes and medium-width, kevlar-lined tires-- very easy to get around on and quite fashionable (a matched set). We’ll adjust the bike seat for your height if needed, but please note that folks under 5'2" may not be able to fit the bikes (we hope to remedy this in future). They have been fully tuned up and have front and rear lights. New Orleans is very flat, so it's entirely fun to ride bikes here, and many streets now have bike lanes. If you prefer a helmet, you'll need to bring yours-- but fyi there is no bike helmet law here.
Guests enjoy a self-contained, very private 2-room plus bath studio apartment/cottage and shared outdoor seating in the garden. Fresh yard eggs available in season.
Interaction with Guests
On your arrival we greet you and give you the info you'll need about the apartment (climate control, amenities, overview of neighborhood), and if you like, information about restaurants, etc. We live in the main part of the house and I work at home, so I am available during your stay for recommendations and info. Let me know what you need. LGBT friendly/color is no barrier. What we need from you is respect that this is not a hotel, it is our home that we are sharing with you.
Bywater is an eclectic neighborhood, one of the oldest in New Orleans and part of the original French city, populated with a diverse mix of people, vibrant and alive, with working-class grit. The restaurant boom here is well documented. We are situated in the "sliver by the river." Dragonfly is located in the inner Bywater (adjacent to the Marigny), and it's a short walk from here to food, drink, music, art, theater, fashion, secondhand shops... Great places to eat and drink include Bacchanal, Elizabeth's, Satsuma, The Joint BBQ, Cake Cafe, Pizza Delicious, Maurepas Foods... along with many new and old gems waiting to be discovered. We have cheap dives and high-concept cocktail/mixology houses both close by. For the adventurous, less than a mile away is the “Four Corners” intersection of St. Claude Ave. and Marigny St., with All Ways Lounge and Theater, Kajun's Pub (karaoke), Siberia, Hi Ho Lounge, and more, offering a wide range of alternative music and performances and some great affordable meals (Middle Eastern at Kebab; Polish/Russian at KUKHNYA). The Phoenix bar is also in that vicinity, along with a number of other gay bars. Heading the opposite direction leads to Vaughan’s (Thursday nights with Kermit Ruffins). The Country Club bar/restaurant with salt-water pool, sauna, and hot tub is only 5 blocks away. And the newly opened Crescent Park gives access to the Mississippi River for the first time in decades.
Nearby theater venues include Old MarquerTheater, The Marigny Theater, and the Marigny Opera House. We’re in the heart of the St. Claude Avenue Arts' District, which has its open studio walk the second Saturday of each month. The Society of St. Anne walking parade starts right around the corner from us, and the Bone Boys' route traditionally includes our block first thing Mardi Gras morning.
The New Orleans Healing Center is nearby and contains a variety of services: natural foods grocery, Middle Eastern restaurant and juice bar, Cafe Istanbul (venue), Island of Salvation botanica, healing arts' practitioners, yoga, a gym, and dance classes, along with a florist, a few artists, and collectibles/antiques retailers. There are several other yoga studios in the neighborhood, and the Maypop Community Herb Shop offers herbs and consultations.
Less than a mile away is Frenchmen Street, the busy music and dining destination that thrives as a locals' hang out complete with busy art market and vibrant street scene. From there, a block away begins the French Quarter (Vieux Carre), the French Market, and the Mississippi River levee walk. An easy bike ride or walk to these locations takes you safely through the great architecture and tree-lined streets of the Marigny neighborhood.
Bywater has a Wikipedia page and lots of info on the Internet if you want to find out more about our neighborhood.
It's one mile to the French Quarter on foot or bike or driving; public transportation is one block away (#5 and #88) and there is a $3 all-day pass available. A cab to or from the nearest corner of the French Quarter (French Market) is $6-7.
Other Things to Note
Environmental questions? All our cleaning and laundry products are natural/nontoxic, and our lawn and garden care is organic. Pest control is done with Integrated Pest Management techniques, which do include occasional chemical use, but not inside the house or the Dragonfly Garden Studio. We do have cats and two dogs that live in the main house with us, and we have chickens and two *pet* potbelly pigs who live in the yard. The pigs’ quarters are fenced off, but the chickens roam around. None of the animals are allowed in the apartment; however, because I go in and out of both places, I regret that Dragonfly isn't for folks troubled by more than mild animal allergies. Cookware is primarily stainless steel, with a small enamel-on-cast-iron skillet-- if you need a cast iron skillet or a larger enamel one, I may have one on hand to loan.
CHECK-IN time is 2 pm or later. CHECK-OUT time is 11 am. We can usually store your bags during your last day if you're leaving later; please let us know so we can plan.
Basic norms of peaceful, respectful, communal behavior are expected. The Golden Rule. Please be respectful of the neighbors and community. Recent experiences require me to note that this is not a hotel, this is our home that we are happy to share with you-- if you find something wrong please let us know.
--SMOKING of any kind allowed outside (patio) only -- dispose of butts in ashtrays. NO SMOKING indoors.
--PARKING is free on the street, very easy. Do not block neighbors' driveways, avoid parking in front of the business next door as a courtesy.
--Keep door LOCKED. Keep the two gates LATCHED at all times.
--Extra GUESTS are not welcome unless agreed upon in advance.
--The property is a private residence-- the Homeowner is not responsible or liable for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that occur while on the premises or its facilities.
--WiFi use-- Guest agrees not to download any unlawful content while using WiFi provided by the Homeowner.
--LOST KEYS incur a $55 surcharge.
--CHECK-IN time is 2 pm or later. CHECK-OUT time is 11 am. We can usually store your bags during your last day if you're leaving later; please let us know so we can plan.
Le studio Dragonfly est très bien équipé et d’une propreté irréprochable.
Il correspond parfaitement à la description qui en est faite. Son environnement champêtre conviendra à ceux qui souhaitent se reposer après une journée dans la foule bigarrée du quartier français et la cohabitation avec la mini ferme offre un dépaysement supplémentaire.
Situé dans un quartier paisible, les animations sont accessibles à pied avec un peu de marche et par les transports en commun que nous avons utilisé sans problème (bus 88 à 2 pas + tram).
Victoria a été disponible pour répondre à nos demandes, nous avons particulièrement apprécié de trouver dans le frigo des boissons fraiches à notre arrivée et un assortiment de spécialités louisianaises qui nous ont mis tout de suite dans l’ambiance.
Nous ne pouvons que recommander vivement l’appartement de Victoria, vous ne serez pas déçus.
Yvon et Cathy
It was a very quick meet with Victoria when we arrived, but we covered all the bases. She had a lovely binder all put together for her guests with food recommendations, things to know, and a map. It was very helpful and we definitely used it! The space was clean and roomy for two people and had all the necessities we needed. We spent most of our time out exploring our neighborhood in Bywater. We felt safe, and Victoria gave us a helpful note where it wasn't too safe to walk around in, which all cities have and it was good to know where that was. I'm a stroller and it probably took me a nice 20-25 minutes to walk to the French Quarter. Use a bike and you can get there quicker! The streets are very bike friendly. Unfortunately, I couldn't use the bikes provided by Victoria because I'm too short 5'. Overall it was a great experience. Bywater is a quiet little neighborhood, coffee shops, and bars in walking distance. I didn't see much of Victoria, but we had open communication by text.
Victoria was incredibly flexible and hospitable! We enjoyed the decor of the apartment, the location with respect to touring, use of the bikes, and we absolutely loved observing the chickens! The place and the hosts are the perfect combination for a winning experience in New Orleans.
We really enjoyed meeting Victoria and exploring the neighborhood. Despite some bad weather we were able to get in a bike ride with the bikes provided. The room was comfortable, very clean and quiet. We had a parking place directly across the street that was always available. The neighborhood has a few drinking and eating establishments that we particularly liked especially Elizabeth's. It did not look like much from the outside, but the food and service was excellent. Check-in/check-out time and process was very easy and flexible. Victoria was very prompt with communications via text/email.
Victoria and her Dragonfly rental were great! Check in was made very simple by Victoria. She was so gracious and helpful, giving us info on the area and a really nice binder with local sugguestions.
The place was super clean and they left us plenty of snacks and even some wine for our stay. The neighborhood is really quaint and quiet but still has plenty of places within a couple blocks to eat and go out. It really is worth the stay and I was glad we did. It's a part of NOLA that we'd never seen but cant wait to come back!
The description of the property was right on.
From the time we arrived Victoria made us feel welcome and helped us acclimate to our surroundings.
About the Host, Victoria
My mother's family is from New Orleans and my mother lives outside Alexandria (mid-state) in the tiny farmhouse my great-grandfather built. So while I haven't lived here all that long (7 years), New Orleans is in my blood. I freelance in publishing editorial, so I work at home and can be available to you for information and suggestions during your stay, if you like.
I have a deep interest in food (a family trait-- My aunt owns and runs a fine restaurant here in the city, some cousins own a grass-fed meat operation outside Baton Rouge), particularly about issues of food security, accessibility, and sustainability. So the local and slow-food movements are dear to my heart. My garden and chickens here sustain me on many levels.
My longtime partner, Bill, and I are both artists and musicians (and I'm an actor). Bill and I have had a number of eclectic rock bands over the years, and we love all the many opportunities for costuming here in New Orleans. So while we are both readers and are engaged with the issues of the day, we also both love our friends, to have a good time, and to laugh, often. The unique blend that is New Orleans' culture sustains us on so many levels.
We value the tapestry of life and welcome guests from across the spectrum of human diversity.