One-bedroom studio with private rear entrance is filled with art and furnished with vintage. Outdoor seating overlooks our rustic back garden/micro-farm. Bikes come with. We especially welcome those who appreciate the urban retreat we've created.
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 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. 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 for your enjoyment (smoking of any kind allowed outdoors only, NO SMOKING indoors). This is 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 port; 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.
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. 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 private 2-room plus bath studio apartment and shared outdoor seating.
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 Satsuma, Bacchanal, Elizabeth's, The Joint BBQ, Cake Cafe, Pizza Delicious, along with many new and old gems waiting to be discovered. 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, as well as 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 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, All Ways 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 sharing with you-- please be so gracious as to recognize that.
--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.
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.
Great place to stay in NOLA. Walking to French Quarter was nice, educational and felt safe. Nice shower - great coffee - warm hostess - what more could one ask for? Loved the chickens in the yard - all around winner.
Victoria went above and beyond any host I've ever known! Cold beer and champagne waiting in the fridge welcomes you from the airport. She has so much local knowledge about New Orleans: where to sightsee, eat, drink, and hear music, as well as places to avoid. Without her, we never would have known about the Bywater history, or how it's coming back, or visited Crescent Park and realized how the neighborhood has, until recently, been cut off from the water that it's named after. We enjoyed just walking around the neighborhood which felt really safe and comfortable and was a nice break from the hubbub of the Quarter. Victoria took us on a tour of the lower 9th as well as other neighborhoods in various states of recovery as well as taking us to see the wetlands overlook. I really feel like I got to know this city in a way I never would have without a host like Victoria.
The space was great too! Plenty of AC and fans to keep you comfortable, cold filtered water to drink, coffee and snacks made us feel at home. We were even able to host some friends for brunch there, which made the trip even more special. It was a great place to keep out of the rainstorms and listen to WWOZ. The chickens were entertaining, as were all the songbirds that visited her little farmyard. The bikes got us around quickly and saved us once when cabs were unattainable after the French Quarter festival.
Places to visit within walking or bussing distance: Bacchanal for drinking wine under a huge tree, Elizabeth's for brunch, Maurepas Foods for amazing food and cocktails, Gene's Po-Boys for spicy sausage po-boys, and Shake Shugary for breakfast pastries. And the New Orleans Food Co-op was more impressive than ones in Portland, OR. I would highly recommend staying at the Dragonfly Garden Studio any time you want comfort outside of the beaten path in New Orleans.
Victoria created such a lovely space for us with everything we would need, and then some, for our stay. She had great suggestions and a binder full of recommendations, a city map, and transit maps. The backyard area is a great place to relax and we were able to escape the heat under an umbrella, watching her chickens run about, while drinking a local beer provided by Victoria. The bathroom has a great shower with good shampoos and soaps, as well as a hair dryer with a diffuser, and good towels. The bed is extremely comfortable and the A/C was very effective. The space was a great temporary home and we felt as if Victoria anticipated all our needs in the items provided at the studio.
The neighborhood itself has some really great food and drink spots. We especially enjoyed Booty's Street Food and the breakfast at Satsuma Cafe. Both places are a short walk from Dragonfly Garden Studio. All in all we had a very comfortable stay and would happily stay with Victoria again should we be lucky enough to return to New Orleans.
Victoria's place was wonderful! The bikes that were provided were the perfect way to get around and explore the neighborhood. The eclectic artwork and decor were perfect for this creative city and sitting outside in the garden was a great way to enjoy the weather (and a glass of wine). Victoria was very helpful with the recommendations. We would definitely stay here again!
Victoria's place is in the perfect location in the Bywater for cycling or walking to the French quarter and the area itself has some excellent local cafes, bars and restaurants. The apartment was wonderful - clean, characterful, quiet and extremely comfortable. We really appreciated all the local snacks and particularly the fresh eggs from Victoria's chickens! Victoria was very helpful and kind and we would not hesitate to stay here again when we return to the fantastic city of New Orleans!
I spent 6 days at Victoria's apartment. When I arrived, she welcomed me with a smile as warm as the weather. Victoria was so eager to show me around her home and tell me all about New Orleans. The pictures don't even do this place justice. Once you arrive, and see how incredible this place is for yourself, you won't even want to leave. There's no Television here, and I absolutely love that. It's a nice subtle gesture to go check out the town without any distractions. The bed here is incredible, and you'll wake up feeling refreshed and rested. Especially if you're like me, and took the Ol' heel-toe express around town. I would stay here again over anywhere else in town. The neighborhood is quiet, and everyone is very friendly. All of the action is a short distance away. I recommend Victoria's apartment to anyone looking for the Ultimate New Orleans experience.
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.