Silver gelatin print by Jennifer Shaw. Painting by Dick Johnson. Local talent, y'all!
Built in the 1860's, "Little Orange" is half of a "shotgun"; thus, it boasts the hallmarks of traditional New Orleans architecture: 13 foot ceilings, cypress mantels, pocket doors, tall shuttered windows, and hardwood floors. The shutters are a vibrant orange to remind you of this city's Caribbean spirit. Bienvenue aux tropiques!
The apartment is fully furnished and appointed, the space comprised of a living-room (with queen pull-out couch), equipped kitchen, one bedroom, and small bath. It's fully renovated to include wireless Internet and Direct TV, a large flat screen TV, burglar alarm, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer.
The apartment is best suited for two; however, it can sleep four when using the pull-out couch. Please know that when the couch is extended, the living-room radically shrinks. There's a $25 fee per adult guest #3 and #4. There is no additional fee for children.
The front porch overlooks Annunciation Square Park (a full block of green space, home to many soccer and kickball games) with the Crescent City Connection arching in the background. Because of the Square, I spend more time on the front porch than I do in the living-room. It's a great place to drink coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. Little Orange is an easy stroll to lower Magazine Street, known for its many boutiques, antique shops, bars, and eateries, as well as to the Warehouse District/CBD and French Quarter. Please check out my map/guidebook! I've mainly tagged places to which you can easily stroll, but I'm happy to offer suggestions for outings in farther flung areas of town. The house is not far from the Convention Center and Mardi Gras World/Productions. Second Line Stages (and its complex of warehouses) is the hub of the local movie industry and located directly behind the house. If you are in town for a conference/event or working on a film, my location can't be beat. Likewise, if you're in town for a game, a cheap cab ride gets you to the Superdome quickly. This neighborhood has been dubbed one of New Orleans' hottest for obvious reasons. There really is a ton to see and do (and eat) right here.
For those interested in getting out to explore other parts of the city/state, it's worth knowing that my location offers convenient access to I-10. No need to traverse all of uptown or the Quarter to find the interstate. The on-ramp is three blocks away, which means you can be on the West Bank in five minutes, the airport in 20. If you don't have a car, the bus runs along both Magazine and Tchoupitoulas. I bought this property for its convenience of location.
Although the apartment is an easy distance to many hot spots, the neighborhood itself is quiet--another reason I bought this property. Your sleep will not be disturbed by traffic or street cheer. The Mississippi rolls by just two blocks away, so the hood has a sultry "edge of town" feel. I love this about it. Neither uptown nor downtown, it floats in between, spooned by the river.
Regretfully, pets are not allowed in Little Orange.
The public bus runs down both Magazine Street and Tchoupitoulas, both within a two block walk of the property. There is a bike rental shop in the neighborhood as well as a Hertz car rental (across from the Convention Center). Information regarding local taxi services can be found in the binder on the coffee table.
Other Things to Note
Beginning Sept. 1, 2015 the nightly rate will become $150.
Pets are not allowed.
This is strictly a no-smoking premises.
The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 - Nov. 30. If you are planning to visit New Orleans during hurricane season, you should be prepared to evacuate in the case of serious weather and/or a mandatory evacuation as ordered by the City. Historically August and September bring the most wind and water. If booking in August - October, please have a hurricane plan in mind (e.g., a reliable form of transportation out of New Orleans and a confirmed safe destination). Under no circumstances will you be allowed to ride out a hurricane at Little Orange; thus, should an evacuation go into effect during your stay, you will, of course, be refunded. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The house was adorable and cozy as described. It was in a good location for walking to the garden district and magazine street and not too far from the French Quarter. Nice quiet location for getting away from the party scene and tourists!
Little Orange was a very nice place. It was clean and in a good location. Jess checked in on us several times and made sure all was going well. We would recommend this home to others.
The house was very clean and comfortable place to stay. Jessica is very responsive and available which made every aspect of the logistics easy--we arrived late at night and it was easy to get in and all the lights were on for us. Jessica also had a great collection of poetry books which were fun to sit and read on her porch.
The location of the house was perfect for us--away from the chaos of French quarter, but walking distance to many fabulous restaurants and boutiques. This is not an area filled with tourists--it is a hip neighborhood filled with locals. The house is just next to the Second line movie studios and the hip shopping district on Magazine St. We walked to the garden district and easily hopped on the trolley on St. Charles to get to the French quarter. Jessica left an amazing binder in the house with detailed information on anywhere you'd want to go.
We slept in the living room pull out couch and let our kids sleep in the bedroom. That allowed us to stay up later. If you are going to be sleeping in the living room, I'd recommend an eye mask. The shutters do not block out light.
The bedroom is very quiet and has dark curtains.
I highly recommend this apartment to anyone going to New Orleans.
We had a great time at Jess' little Orange, a nice railroad apartment with everything you will need in a neighborhood that one can quickly get used to. Cafe Mojo around the corner, fabulous.
We have just returned home after our visit to New Orleans and a stay in Jessica's "Little Orange". It was a lovely little retreat just minutes away from Magazine Street with it's restaurants and unique shops.
Thank you to Jessica for staying in touch right from our booking weeks ahead, just before our arrival in New Orleans and during our stay. it was apparent you wanted to help in any way if it was needed. Fortunately, our stay was flawless with no surprises. The house was just as presented on Airbnb. We loved the quiet street and the friendliness of those we met in the area. (including the porch cats!)
"Little Orange" was fully equipped, very clean and comfortable with a lot of personality. It was just the right size for my husband and I.
The city bus comes right by two doors away and the street car line is just a few blocks further. The Garden District neighbourhood walking tour, Lafayette Cemetery and the W.W.II Museum were only a short walk away which was ideal since we needed more walking to counterbalance all the great food we ate in NOLA!
We can highly recommend this accommodation and host. Thanks Jessica.
Jessica was a fantastic host to my colleagues and I while we were in town for a conference. We booked Little Orange back in October 2014, and Jessica has been extremely helpful and response since. Her home is close to Bus 10 that takes you all the way to the French Quarter, and is a great location to escape from the debauchery. Her home has all the amenities anyone would want and need!
I loved my stay with Jessica and hope that others get the same experience. She stayed connected and always asked us if we needed anything. I love my experience and would stay here again the next time I am in NOLA! Thank you Jessica :)
Jessica'a apartment in the lower Garden District of New Orleans is great. It is loaded with character and is very roomy--nice living room, kitchen, and bedroom. There is a lot of helpful information about New Orleans and places to eat, shop, etc. in the surrounding neighborhood. There are coffee shops and places to eat and shop within a few blocks of the apartment. The kitchen was well-stocked and had coffee and tea available, and the bed was extremely comfortable. Jessica checked in several times to make sure we had everything we needed. An added bonus of staying there was on our last day there (Saturday, March 15) the annual Irish Channel parade was queueing up right outside of our door, which was really fun. The only downside of staying there is that NO doesn't have a great public transportation system, so getting to the French Quarter and other places in town was a bit of a hassle at times. The apartment is 5-6 blocks from the St. Charles streetcar which is cool but slow and doesn't always come frequently, so we actually wound up walking several times back and forth (about 3 miles each way). It's about a $10 cab ride from the French Quarter. All and all, though, this is a great place, and a beautiful apartment.
The streetcar is the slowest way to get to the French Quarter, for sure. I recommend the Magazine Street or Annunciation Street bus lines. Stops for both are two blocks away from the apartment, and their schedules are punctual and reliable. Certainly would have pointed you that way had I known you were experiencing hassles. Very sorry not to have known.
I'm a life-long New Orleans resident, college counselor, teacher, and writer. I have travelled many countries, but my first love is this city--for its whimsy, blasts of light, and many weathers. You should come here too.