Stay in a beautiful, gem of a house, in the best neighborhood in the city! The house is large enough to accommodate up to six guests. Two blocks from a handful of the best spots in New Orleans, it is a truly special house in a perfect location...(:
Stay in a classic New Orleans style, "shotgun," house for your upcoming New Orleans vacation.
The house is located in the sweetest little pocket of the best neighborhood in New Orleans, the Bywater. The Bywater is a fairly large neighborhood, and the house is located in one of its best little strips. It is conveniently located 1/2 a block from a 24-hour neighborhood corner store (Jimmy's), and also Vaughan's Lounge. There are a number of other great bars and restaurants within very close walking distance, including The Joint BBQ, Bacchanal (wine, bar, live music, courtyard, and excellent food), BJ's Lounge, J & J's, Elizabeth's, Satsuma Cafe, Pizza Delicious, Mariza, Bud Rips, and many more…The French Quarter is about 1.5 miles away, a very short cab ride, or a nice walk through the neighborhoods. Also, if you are interested in renting bicycles, we will try and help facilitate it. Biking is truly the best way to get around the city!
THE HOUSE: The house is a large, single shotgun, and a true one-of-a-kind, "only-in-New-Orleans," home. There are three private bedrooms, each with queen-size beds, and there are two additional living rooms/spaces for lounging, with two couches that could also be used for sleeping. The house has a large kitchen and one bathroom with a shower and a clawfoot tub. The oven/stove and fridge are from the 30's 40's!!! Most of the appliances in the house are antiques - and they all work! The house is fully furnished, with cookware, and all the amenities you will need, including high-speed WI-FI. There is a really great front porch for hanging out, and a pretty sweet back yard too! Simply put, the place has a ton of rustic New Orleans charm. Granted, it is an old house and could use some updates (paint, etc.), but it is very clean and comfortable. It is truly a rare gem of a place, absolutely lovable.
House Layout: Shotgun houses can often be an uncomfortable design for sharing space, but our house is very unique in this regard. The house has three private bedrooms (with doors), and three separate entrances. So, there won't be any scenario where you would be forced to walk through the other guest's bedroom to get to the kitchen, bathroom, or other living spaces, which is most often the case in a shotgun house. Here is the layout of the house: Front porch/entrance, front room/living room, second room (bedroom w/ queen bed). The first and second room are separated by sliding pocket doors (AKA double parlor), which can be left open, or closed. The third room is another bedroom, with a queen bed, and doors on either side of the room. The fourth room is another living room, which also has a door to the outside (side entrance). This room is openly attached to the kitchen (separated only by a fireplace). Behind the kitchen is the third bedroom (w/ queen bed) and the bathroom. There are two entrances to the bathroom, one from the kitchen, and the other from the back bedroom. There is a third entrance to the house in the back bedroom, which leads to the laundry/mud-room, and out to the back yard. 6 people (3 couples) can stay here and easily maintain comfort and privacy! If you want to access the kitchen and/or bathroom from bedroom 1, without walking through bedroom 2, you can walk outside and re-enter the house through the side door. This may sound a bit strange, but it is a rarity in a shotgun house to even have the option of not walking through bedrooms to access the kitchen and bathroom, and most houses in New Orleans are shotgun houses. Bedroom 1 is the only room where this would be necessary, the other two rooms have direct access (without going outside).
Feel free to ask any questions you might have, and hopefully we'll see you soon in New Orleans!
Guests have complete access to the house and yard, no limitations.
Interaction with Guests
We will meet guests and show them in at check-in, and that is it. We are always nearby and easy to reach if there are any questions, etc.
The Bywater is a wonderful, historic neighborhood, conveniently located very close to the Marigny and the French Quarter. The Bywater has some of New Orleans' best bars and restaurants, including Bacchanal, Satsuma Cafe, The Joint, Mariza, Pizza Delicious, Vaughan's Lounge, BJ's Lounge, among many others. There is a riverfront park, the nicest riverfront access in the entire city. The eclectic neighborhood has a very quaint and charming feel, lined with historic shotgun houses and creole cottages, and also loaded with cafes, bars, galleries, and shops. So it is a destination, but also quiet and residential. In the Bywater, you get a true local feel... It's artsy and hip, but not pretentious. Basically, it's the bomb! (:
Walking, cabs, and bicycles are the best modes of transportation in New Orleans, if you don't have a car. It is also convenient to rent a car, as it is easy to park in most areas, and you can get out of town to Cajun country, if you'd like a little change of pace. Let us know in advance if you are interested in renting bicycles, and we can help facilitate it.
No smoking inside the house. No candles or incense. No parties. And most importantly: NO GLITTER!!! Please do not bring more people than you book for on your reservation. If you want to add a guest to your party, let us know, and adjust your reservation through the website. Please be courteous to the neighbors and the neighborhood. (:
Ian and Katie were incredibly accommodating and the house is wonderful. It's clear they've put a lot of thought into creating a charming and memorable experience, in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood. We had a wonderful time in NOLA and our home base was a big part of it. I highly recommend taking them up on their offer of bikes since it is, by far, the best way to see the town. I only wish we'd had time to take them up on all their suggestions for things to do and see. The Super Sunday parade with the Mardi Gras Indians was a particular highlight we wouldn't have seen without our hosts/guides. What a wonderful place and neighborhood! We'll be back.
Katie and Ian were fantastic — the house was absolutely gorgeous, even better than the pictures, and they were perfectly communicative and friendly and welcoming. Their recommendations were all stellar (Bar Tonique, in particular, blew our minds completely — the BEST cocktails I have ever put into my body), and they were super nice when one of our group accidentally broke their cute vintage kettle. New Orleans is an amazing place to visit under any circumstances, and staying at Katie and Ian's place actually made it even better. We didn't want to leave. Loved it. Recommend it. Can't wait to go back.
At the end of the first episode of Treme, the hot band that you see is performing Vaughan's on a Thursday night, which is what we saw shortly after arriving at our lovely home in the Bywater - by merely walking about 100 feet to the left of our place. The brass band was hot, one of the better bands we saw that week, and that's saying something, as New Orleans is full of incredible musicians. As a musician myself, as well as a traveler of over 30 countries, I immediately was able to list New Orleans as one of my favorites within a day or two. A big part of that was the lovely Bywater home - far enough away from the pee-scented Bourbon street, yet close enough to enjoy the energy of the magnetic town. The hosts were extremely helpful and accomodating, walked us through the place and provided a list of local spots, several of them being the highlight of our trip (the aforementioned Vaughan's; the pork shoulder and pasta at Bacchanal were both fantastic; the vibe at Elizabeth's stellar; the Joint had solid bbq, JJ's sports lounge (1 block down) is divey but literally open 24 hours and well, we ended up at Jimmy's convenience store (two doors down) probably twice daily, often after 3AM.
We were so very glad we chose the neighborhood we did - the architecture is magical, the people down to earth and friendly. Getting to Frenchmen street took a very pleasant ten or fifteen minutes via bicycle, with plenty to see along the way, and the cab ride was $8-12. The home itself had a wonderfully functioning heater (we came during an unusually cold week), the hot water never let up, and there was a tremendous amount of charm. Would highly recommend
Check in was quick and easy. It was a very cool house with a lot of history. The neighborhood is a great local spot away from Bourbon St. There are many bars and local hang outs around the house in walking distance. We never felt unsafe staying here. You may hear that it's a bad area but after talking with the locals that was the label this neighborhood got pre-Katrina.
Ian and Katie are the kind of hosts that make using AirBnb so great. Easy to work with, responsive to questions/requests, and friendly.
Also, the house is set up well to offer you a flavor for the history and hipness of the area. Hope they don't mind me saying it as I am not sure they will be offering it in the future but we LOVED the bikes that they had on hand for us to rent. It added another layer of flavor to our stay - feeling like a local, exploring, and brought out the kids in us.
We absolutely loved staying in this very aptly described "Large Charming 3BR House in The Bywater." The house is incredibly cool and so full of old-school New Orleans charm. Also, Ian and Katie left us some incredible recommendations. You may want to, but you hardly have to leave the neighborhood because there are so many awesome restaurants/bars right around the corner.
- Awesome porch. Great for beer drinkin' and people watching.
- They have got some serious rug game goin' on.
- There's a blood orange tree!
- Perfectly situated between two pleasant dive bars (with many more right around the corner).
- Katie's art is spread all over the house, so you can feel like you're living in a gallery for a few days.
- COOL OLD APPLIANCES.
- Gorgeous natural light in the mornings.
- The muffins at Satsuma Cafe right down the street.
- Everything else at Satsuma Cafe right down the street.
- Late-night motown dance parties at Bar Redux right down the street. (Not sure if this happens all the time, but we were there on a Saturday.)
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us, Ian and Katie! We hope to be back very soon!
Ian and Katie met us right away, made us feel at home, and gave us some great local recommendations. The house is beautiful, clean, full of character and vintage wares -- exactly as described -- and was very comfortable for our group of five. We visited New Orleans to attend the Prospect biennial, which is spread throughout the city - We found that the Bywater was centrally located and also within close walking distance to great local eateries, galleries, and dive bars (Vaughan's! The Joint! Mimi's!) We had a blast and would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others.
We are a couple from Seattle, we moved to New Orleans in 2008. I work in the film/TV industry, and make music and films on the side. Katie, is a painter/visual artist. We love to travel, and we use airbnb when we do.