Historic Italianate "shotgun" house (one half of a double), in the eclectic Bywater district of New Orleans. Built by a riverboat captain in 1850, and recently restored to original condition. Secure gate with private front entrance into large living room with very comfortable couch/futon. Separate large bedroom with single and double beds. Fully equipped kitchen with farmhouse table, stove/oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave and coffee maker. Large bathroom with original Victorian clawfoot tub (with shower) and hand basin. Ceiling fans, window-mounted a/c units and wall-mounted heaters throughout. Original antique light fixtures and hardwood floors. Free street parking outside the door. Laundry by prior arrangement. All linens and towels provided. Local amenities include Pizza Delicious, Markey's Bar, The Country Club Resort (bar, restaurant, spa and pool), Frady's deli/convenience store, Elizabeth's Restaurant (Zagat-rated), Satsuma Coffee Shop (featured on Anthony Bourdain's The Layover), local farmers market every Saturday 10am-2pm. Steps away from Mickey Markey Playground and the new Crescent Park with a walking path along the Mississippi. Less than a 5-minute drive to the French Quarter (13 blocks) and Frenchmen Street (11 blocks). French Quarter and CBD bus route 1 block away. One of the most historic homes in the Bywater!
No extra overnight guests are allowed, and no loud music/partying between 10 PM and 8 AM. It is imperative that you notify us if you'll be sleeping on the futon so we can provide proper bedding. No smoking or open flames (candles) indoors. Because the house is built on "piers" (raised), sounds carry, so we request that hard-soled shoes be removed whenever possible. Occasionally our dogs are secured outside in the back yard for a short time. They're not allowed into the rental space, although they would have you believe otherwise. We don't have maid service, so we'd appreciate your leaving the house as clean as possible. We'll greatly appreciate your reporting anything that is in need of repair or any damages that occur. We don't host families with children under 12, as the house is not child-safe. Please note that our prices are higher during some events.
We enjoyed our stay. The house is old, but very well kept. The neighborhood is very nice and quiet, and there's a grocery and a good coffee shop nearby. It is 20 minutes of easy and safe walk to the Quarter, and the French Market is on the way.
The hosts supplied us with many treats, and we didn't manage to take advantage of all of them. We found the New Orleans leaflets to be especially useful (they even included very relevant information about the French Quarter Festival, that was on the weekend we stayed).
We tried not to bother the hosts, and they respected our privacy. In summary, very recommended.
Brian and Lynn were welcoming and helpful. The place is fantastically located and the area is great. I'd definitely come back.
My friend and I stayed here for five days in March when we came for a conference. We were immediately charmed by the house and the neighborhood. Our gracious hosts left us some treats to start off our time here and the home itself had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The bathroom and kitchen were spotless and roomy. I had planned on staying on the futon in the living room but the bedroom was spacious enough for both of us to stay in the two beds. The front porch has rockers, and it's a great place to sit and relax with morning coffee or evening wine. Brian left two bicycles for us to but we didn't have a chance to use them. There is no TV but wireless is provided so you can watch your Netflix shows on your device of choice.
The neighborhood is very walkable and really fun to explore on foot. There are several great little places to eat - a pizza and pasta place right across the street = but not your average NYC pizza joint - more of a restaurant with nice local groceries. There's a great place for breakfast, coffee and lunch two blocks away (Satsuma Cafe) - also has good vegetarian options - and Elizabeth's, 2 blocks in the other direction is more traditional local food, good for any meal. The neighborhood feels safe though it is in transition. We did walk miles. Also - it's quiet.
Brian and Lynn were there if we needed them, left lots of good info for us, but left us to ourselves. We couldn't have asked for a better arrangement and I will be back later in the year with my husband.
We were really pleased with our stay at Brian's place: loved the neighborhood, were very comfortable in the house, and enjoyed meeting the dogs as well! We felt that our hosts were there if we needed them, but also respected our privacy. we certainly will recommend the place to our friends.
We really liked Brian and his house in the Bywater. It's a real Louisiana shotgun unit, complete with vintage furniture and appliances. Everything works just as fine, but with much more style (and we found the place unbelievably clean). We even liked the fact that there is no TV - so refreshing nowadays to find a place without those. We could have used a small radio though: local station is really good!
Life in the Bywater is much more relaxed that in tacky French Quarter. You have all you need nearby, a fine pizzeria across the street, a small convenient store for coffee and sandwiches two blocks away, a real grocery nearby with everything you need if you want to cook your meals, and plenty of restaurants, bars and joints to listen to good music or try tasty local food...
We'll definitely be back!
My friends and I had a great time staying at Brian's place! The house was comfortable, clean, and spacious, and the location is perfect if you want to see the quieter side of New Orleans. Brian and his wife were wonderful, friendly hosts.
Brian's place is even better than it looks in his posting. He's beautifully restored this shotgun apartment. The ceilings are tall, it's tastefully furnished, the wallpaper is beautiful, the morning light hits just right. It's big and quiet and perfectly furnished for a visitor -- soap, towels, guidebooks, a bottle of wine, coffee, maps - there was even a gift certificate for the great pizza place down the street. Speaking of down the street, if you want access to all the rad things happening in the Bywater (and there are a lot of them) then stay here. Brian's house is close to great pizza, great coffee, great po-boys, great records, great wine, great brunch, great cocktails and a brand new park overlooking downtown. If I come back to NOLA, I will definitely try to stay here again.
Brian's a lifelong bass player working full time on Bourbon Street, generally at the Tropical Isle or with Smokey Greenwell. Lynn's a veterinary technician for Vet-a-GoGo Mobile Veterinary Outreach and a recycled metal and clay artist. We've spent the past 12 years restoring our house and are finally ready to share a part of its charm. We live on the premises and work opposite shifts, so we are available most anytime for help or to answer your questions. Upon arrival, we'll provide you with all the information you'll need to navigate our enchanting Bywater neighborhood.