There’s no neighborhood more desirable to live in than the French Quarter if you want to be in the center of what’s happening in the city. This listing perfectly fills the bill as it is in the very heart of the Quarter.

“In 1831, legendary architect Francois Correjolles designed two iconic buildings in the Quarter,” said Ernesto Caldeira, the listing agent with Dorian Bennett Sotheby International Realty, “the Beauregard Keyes House at Chartres and Ursulines and 516 St. Philip a block away.”

The Beauregard Keyes House is now a museum, and 516 is for sale.

This house has everything New Orleanians desire and love in their homes: high, high ceilings with chandeliers and fans, crown moldings, fireplaces, French doors leading out to the gallery and wide pine refinished floors.

As you enter the foyer, there is a lovely wooden staircase leading to the bedrooms on the second floor. There’s even room under the stairs for a cozy conversation corner.

There is a living room with its own fireplace, a dining room and a kitchen. The bath has been updated to include a steam shower.

The courtyard is so lovely, it’s hard to leave it. It’s cool, with plenty of plants and overhanging trees, a gurgling fountain and the floor is of distressed brick.

“In 1987, this house won the top Vieux Carre Honor award after a painstaking six-year restoration which rebuilt the Federal Creole masterpiece,” said Caldeira. “This listing includes the main house and 508-10 St. Philip, a commercial building on the river side that includes an office and an apartment.”

The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. When New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then. Although called the "French" Quarter, most of the present-day buildings were built under Spanish rule and show Spanish colonial tastes. The district as a whole is a National Historic Landmark, and contains numerous individual historic buildings. It was affected relatively lightly by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as compared to other areas of the city and the greater region.

The French Quarter has an elevation of three feet and an area of 78 square blocks. Any alteration to structures is subject to review by the Vieux Carré Commission, which determines whether the proposal is appropriate for the historic character of the district. Its boundaries are: Esplanade Avenue, the Mississippi River, Canal Street, Decatur Street and North Rampart Street.

Many of the buildings date from before New Orleans became part of the United States, although there are some late 19th century and early 20th century buildings. Since the 1920s the historic buildings have been protected by law and cannot be demolished, and any renovations or new construction in the neighborhood must be done according to regulations to match the period historic architectural style.

Most of the French Quarter's architecture was built during the time of Spanish rule over New Orleans and this is reflected in its architecture. The Great New Orleans Fire (1788) and another great fire in 1794 destroyed most of the Quarter's old French colonial architecture, leaving the colony's new Spanish overlords to rebuild it according to more modern tastes—and strict new fire codes, which mandated that all structures be physically adjacent and close to the curb to create a firewall.

The old French peaked roofs were replaced with flat tiled ones, and now-banned wooden siding with fire-resistant stucco, painted in the pastel hues fashionable at the time. As a result, colorful walls and roofs and elaborately decorated ironwork balconies and galleries, from both the 18th century and the early 19th century, abound.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

516 St. Philip St. in the French Quarter

Living area:

6,311 square feet

Bedrooms:

Six

Baths:

Five full/one half

Extras:

there is a main house and a commercial building that includes an office and an apartment. Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace

Price:

$2,950,000

Marketing agent:

Ernesto Caldeira

Dorian Bennett Sotheby's International Realty

2340 Dauphine Street

504.523.1553

504.944.3605

504.450.8991