About this listing
Charming, historically preserved home situated in the City Park Triangle, a unique slice of the Mid City neighborhood. Two blocks to Canal St. streetcar to downtown and cemeteries, and 2 blocks to bus stop and access to all of the city. Two blocks to City Park (home to Voodoo Fest, New Orleans Museum of Art), 10-minute stroll to Bayou St. John, the Fairgrounds (home to Jazz Fest), and surrounding restaurants, grocery stores, and shops. Also one block (actually less than) from the Mid City parade route, for you Mardi Gras visitors. The Historic French Quarter is a 7-minute drive away. Bicycles are also available for use. (Please reserve them in advance.)
This 2-story house is quiet, safe, and well-appointed with a rear balcony patio (including hammock and lots of plant life),hardwood-floor bedrooms with ample natural light and two full bathrooms. The available room has a queen bed and plenty of closet and dresser space.
I am a native New Orleanian musician and teacher. My jobs take me to every part of the city. I can (if interested) offer travel tips throughout your stay.
The house is a "camelback" which means that the bedrooms are upstairs and all of the common space is downstairs. I share the downstairs spaces with guests - including a well-fortified kitchen, a large conjoined 2-room living area, a second full bathroom, the backyard and front porch. Guests will have access to the house through the common area, have a bathroom to themselves (not ensuite, but 1 step away from the bedroom).
Interaction with Guests
I keep a busy work schedule, and when home, I keep very lowkey and out-of-the-way. On the other hand, I love to hear people's stories and share conversation about life, the universe, and everything.
Quiet and friendly, completely accessible to the entire city via public transportation, CITY PARK, plenty of excellent food options nearby
2 blocks to the streetcar stops, and 2 blocks to the bus stops. Plenty of on-street and off-street parking available.
While I do have specific house rules, they can sum up easily: be respectful of the space and its contents. The neighborhood is quiet, but folks here enjoy sharing our community with visitors.
Perfect location close to the gardens. Easy access to the trolley bus. Josh's place is like home away from home. Really cosy and personable. We loved his house and would easily recommend to anyone looking for an experience that is good old fashioned southern hospitality in its delivery.
The place was adorable and super clean, the location was perfect, and Josh is the greatest airbnb host we've ever had. We want to move in.
We really enjoyed staying at Josh's place. The location was perfect, biked to city park within minutes of unloading the car. Close also to historic cemeteries, train, and local restaurants Neeyos and Mandina, where the food was delicious! The bed and linens were comfortable. Josh was easy to talk to, but due to our limited time was not able to chat more.
Unser Aufenthalt bei Josh war sehr unkompliziert und komfortabel. Die Räumlichkeiten sind sehr ansprechend ausgestattet, wir hatten ein eigenes Bad und wir durften alles frei benutzen. Durch die gute Verkehrsanbindung konnten wir immer ohne Auto in die City. Wir haben uns bei Josh sehr wohl gefühlt und können ihn und seine Unterkunft zu 100 Prozent weiter empfehlen.
We chose Josh's place because so many other people had so many good things to say about Josh and his home, because of its affordability, and a hunch that we would prefer to be based in a quieter neighborhood rather than in the heart of "the action." Mid-City turned out to be ideal for us. Josh is in a beautiful, leafy neighborhood only minutes walk from majestic City Park, one of the loveliest parks in America (don't miss the botanical gardens within its grounds), which also became the site of our morning ritual for a week: coffee -- and a few beignets -- at Morning Call, the easy-er answer to Cafe du Monde. From Josh's home it's a comfortable walk down oak-lined Esplanade to the French Quarter (or down Orleans Avenue through Treme, where you can stop in, as we did, at Willie Mae's Scotch House or Dooky Chase's, for food you can't get in New York City, or anywhere else). For the days and nights when walking in NOLA's heat and humidity are contraindicated, it's a five minute walk to the Canal Street streetcar, and busses on Esplanade, Orleans, and Carrolton Avenue are all within a few minutes walk -- that said, about half of our late night return trips were made more expeditiously by taxi.
Josh's home is clean, spacious, cool (separate thermostats for upstairs and down), and comfortable. It's filled with musical instruments, a selection of good books (A Confederacy of Dunces [de rigueur], Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic, The World that Made New Orleans, and Jelly's Blues, among them), and a stocked, working kitchen from which Josh very generously shared watermelon, grapes, bananas, and avocados. It's just an easy place to be and Josh immediately made us feel welcome and at home. He made a point of being available via phone, text, or email when he wasn't at home but everything was so simple that we never had need to call on him.
Music in all its local permutations is New Orleans' foremost attraction, for us, and Josh made several recommendations that we might otherwise have missed. He alerted us to the Ike Subblefield / Herlin Riley / Detroit Brooks show at Snug Harbor -- and that alone was worth the trip. We're grateful for that. Now that we've returned to the grind and have some inkling of what it means to miss New Orleans we're planning our return (escape). With luck we'll stay with Josh again.
What a wonderful welcome to New Orleans, we arrived very late, so Josh left the key out & some soft lighting in the house, so we could easily access our room. So grateful for the bed after a very long day of travelling from Cuba.
Josh also left a comprehensive note with all sorts of information on it for us. As well, there were pamphlets on things to see & do in New Orleans. He was wonderful in providing his recommendations & we were willing participants in following these.
We loved New Orleans & we loved staying in Joshs' home. He made it so that you feel comfortable to call it "home". Would not hesitate to recommend it & we are definitely coming back! Tony & Sonja, Australia.
Josh and the old man Zooka (his doggy) were amazing hosts. Everything was exactly as described and they were very accommodating. All was easy to find and use as there are post it notes on most things of interest. Also, we were offered use of bikes, which we took full advantage of to explore the area. The park is only two blocks away where you can wonder the paths or visit the museum and sculpture garden. Trolley line to French quarter is also two blocks away and about a 30 minute ride. So glad we chose Josh as our first host. Thanks Josh for a great stay!
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About the Host, Josh
Welcome! I grew up in and around NOLA and feel fortunate to be able to call this place home. I am an active musician and high school music and biology teacher and I'd be happy to give guidance and suggestions about interesting, offbeat things to get into while staying here.