Dragonfly Garden Studio plus bikes

Apartment - Entire home/apt · N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117, United States

The Space

Dragonfly Garden Studio

Come stay in the dynamic Bywater Historic District, in our 117-year-old converted Victorian double. Suitable for 1-2 people, this cozy, 2-room (plus bath) studio apartment is entirely self-contained with its own separate entrance, and overlooks the back garden. 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, and a full kitchen with dining area and sitting room (10’ ceiling). AC/heat (controlled in apt.) and ceiling fans. WiFi. Quiet, private, and secure. Easy parking on street. It's one mile to the French Quarter.

The shared garden has seating for your enjoyment (smoking of any kind allowed outdoors only, NO SMOKING indoors). 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.

In addition to a refrigerator and gas stove, the kitchen is equipped with a coffeemaker, coffee grinder, microwave, toaster-oven, French press, kettle, blender, and basic kitchen tools and cookware (if you need a particular item just ask, I may loan it from my own kitchen). 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); a surge protector with USB charging ports; a radio alarm clock; a hair dryer; and a white-noise generator for soothing sleep should you need it. Iron and ironing board available on request. A variety of lighting options, including mood lighting. Books and maps. Fine all-cotton bed linens and towels, down comforter, and a variety of blankets and pillows.

Two bicycles (with U-locks) are available, for a fee of $25 per bike for your entire visit. These are vintage one-speed bikes with coaster brakes and medium-width 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.

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.

The Neighborhood

Bywater is an eclectic neighborhood, one of the oldest in New Orleans, populated with a diverse mix of people, vibrant and alive. The restaurant boom here is well documented. We are situated in the "sliver by the river." Dragonfly is located in the inner Bywater (next to the Marigny), and it's a short walk from here to food, drink, music, art, theater, and thrifting. Great places to eat and drink include Satsuma Cafe, Elizabeth's, Jims Sandwich Shop, Maurepas Foods, Bacchanal, Cake Cafe, The Joint BBQ, Mariza, Booty's Street Foods, Feelings Cafe, Mimi's in the Marigny, Pizza Delicious, and the Country Club, 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 unusual, affordable meals (Polish/Russian, anyone?). 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). Clothing optional swimming, sauna, and hot tub are only 5 blocks away.

Nearby theater venues include Shadowbox Theater, 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. 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.

Getting around

It's one mile to the French Quarter on foot or bike or driving; public transportation is one block away (#5 and #88).

Other Things to Note

Stay 7 nights or more and take 10% off the rate-- I'll send you a Special Offer when you request booking. Higher rates may apply for special events and periods of time, during which times the 7-nights discount offer may not be available and the minimum stay requirement may increase.

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 with severe 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

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  • I came to New Orleans for the first time with my 18 year old daughter. Our stay at the Dragonfly Garden Studio (and New Orleans) was just right - exactly what we were hoping for. The studio is a welcoming, colorful treat for the eyes (I loved the original art on the walls), and it was comfortable and well-stocked with most everything one might need for cooking, bathing, navigating the city, or just settling in at the end of a full day. Victoria was a warm and attentive host who gave us plenty of privacy as well as fresh eggs from her healthy flock of resident hens. I felt completely at home in the neighborhood (Bywater), and at the same time aware that we were staying in a special part of the city with a history so deep and complex, it would be presumptuous of me, a visitor from the NW part of the country, to assume that I know what feeling at home would actually mean. I hope to return someday, as there is so much to explore, learn, and consider here in New Orleans. When I do come back I will definitely look into staying at the Dragonfly Garden Studio again. Thank you, Victoria for sharing this space with us.

    April 2014
  • My girlfriend and I had an awesome time staying at the Dragonfly Garden Studio. Victoria was extremely responsive and gave us plenty of helpful advice about where to eat and what to do in Bywater, but also gave us lots of space too. The perfect host, really. Morning coffee in the backyard among the animals was great, as was having the cruiser bikes, which we took all around the neighborhood and over to the French Quarter. We'd love to stay again and would recommend it to others.

    March 2014
  • We loved our stay at Victoria's. It was the perfect location for a quiet relaxed honeymoon, while still being close enough to walk to the French Quarter, Frenchmen Street and Bywater/Marigny restaurants and cafés. Victoria provided us with lots of helpful info on arrival, so we knew where to shop for groceries and other local amenities. The chickens, pigs and cats were a big plus for us, as were the fresh eggs Victoria was able to provide. It was a quick ride from the airport. We'd both definitely recommend Dragonfly for anyone looking for a more neighbourly stay outside the French Quarter.

    March 2014
  • Victoria went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable. She took the time to show us around the apartment, and to recommend restaurants and help us situate ourselves on the map. The apartment was cozy and had lots of interesting artwork on the walls, also a great snack selection, as well as a couple of beers in the fridge. I would recommend renting the bikes -- we had rented a car and didn't think they would be necessary, but parking in the French Quarter proved to be difficult and expensive. We had a great time -- wish we could have stayed longer and done some more exploring in the neighborhood.

    March 2014
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay at Dragonfly BnB. In the midst of Mardi Gras madness it was an oasis of calm with a comfy bed worthy of a 5 * hotel. The animals, pigs, chickens, dogs & cats added to the country in the city feeling. It was lovely having our own space and a well equipped kitchen. Victoria & Bill were knowledgeable & friendly hosts & I would recommend their BnB to anyone visiting New Orleans.

    March 2014
  • The dragonfly was beautiful and Victoria was a wonderful host. The garden in the back was delightful as were the chickens, pigs, cats and dogs who made the occasional appearance there. The farm fresh eggs were also great. Loved the neighborhood, feel as though if we had stayed in the french quarter we wouldn't have ended up seeing much of bywater, which was very pleasant and made for great landing pad. Would definitely stay again.

    February 2014
  • We had an excellent stay at the Dragonfly. Victoria was thorough and accommodating from start to finish. Booking and coordinating our arrival was a breeze. The apartment itself felt incredibly comfortable and had all the amenities we could possibly imagine (coffee, every type of sweetener you could imagine, a yoga mat, toiletries, even a guitar that we rented out for $25!). The weather was a little chilly when we were there but the backyard is a lovely place to hang out with a book alongside the chickens and the pigs (from a distance of course). We also loved the Bywater neighborhood in general - quiet and peaceful but with plenty of restaurants, bars and music in walking distance. We were pleasantly surprised by how quick of a walk it was to the French Quarter. Being Chicagoans, we didn't mind the 20-minute walk, but the bikes would be a nice option if you'd rather move a bit faster. All in all an amazing experience and a top-notch place for a person or couple to use as a home base for an authentic NOLA visit.

    February 2014
  • Victoria was a welcoming and caring host! The location of her home is perfect for exploring the Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods and even venturing into the French Quarter on foot! Victoria was very personable and seemed to really care that our NOLA experience was a good one! Thanks, Victoria!

    February 2014
  • This apartment is a premier experience on Airbnb, and I'd love to stay here again on my next trip to NOLA. The apartment is an artist's dream, full of color and original artwork and framed posters. The bed is uber-comfortable and there are even colored lights if the mood suits you. Check-in is a breeze. Rooster and chicken roam the backyard (and even under the house), so you'll hear them from time to time. Bywater area is a treat to walk around. Host Victoria is passionate about hosting and can give you a bunch of local info when you arrive. Thanks so much!

    January 2014
  • endroit très sympathique pour un séjour à la nouvelle orléans,
    Bien placé à 15 minutes à pied du french quarter.
    victoria nous a donné plein de conseils utiles.

    April 2014
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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 (6+ years), New Orleans is in my blood. My partner of nearly 20 years and I are both artists and musicians (and I'm an actor), but we both work "regular" jobs. I freelance in publishing, 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), 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. 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. Humor is so important. 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.
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