This house comes as a surprise to visitors: its charm is hidden behind a six-foot hedge. But, once inside the gate, its charms are revealed. You step onto a wide front porch graced with a swing and wicker furniture and set off by five columns marching along its front. The long guillotine windows are flanked by Garden District-green shutters.

“This Garden District gem is full of exciting surprises from the elegant formal rooms to the lush brick courtyard and the lovely guest house,” said Tracey Wirth Moore, the listing broker with Wirth-Moore Realty. “It has wooden floors, high ceilings, beautiful natural light, decorative fireplaces and the original millwork throughout.”

There are many cozy rooms in which to sit in this house. The front door opens into a foyer with plantation shutters which leads into a living room with a fireplace and chandelier. Throughout the house are refinished wooden floors.

There’s also a great room with a dormer window and plantation shutters plus French doors which lead onto the brick courtyard. The courtyard is shady with plenty of mature landscaping, wrought iron table and chairs, a cooking area and a fountain.

The formal dining room has wainscoting, a crystal chandelier and puddled draperies. It’s large enough to seat a dozen family and friends. The kitchen also has refinished wooden floors plus stainless steel appliances including a restaurant stove with a hood and Cherrywood cabinets. A back staircase leads from the wet bar area upstairs to the living quarters.

“The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath main house with a spacious master suite includes a large separate sitting room and a master bath with a huge walk-in closet that is truly amazing,” said Wirth Moore, whose great-grandfather Adam Wirth was a well-known New Orleans architect and real estate developer; historic landmarks such as the venerable Lafayette Hotel at 600 St. Charles Ave. bear his initials.

Not only is the main house welcoming and large enough for plenty of visitors at 3,335 square feet, but there is also a separate guest house on the oversize lot.

“Your guests will absolutely enjoy the one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath guest house overlooking a private patio,” said Wirth Moore, “and be sure to ask me about parking.”

The Garden District was once a number of plantations, including the Livaudais Plantation. It was sold off in parcels to mainly wealthy Americans who did not want to live in the French Quarter with the Creoles. It became part of the city of Lafayette in 1833, and was annexed by New Orleans in 1852. The district was laid out by New Orleans architect, planner and surveyor Barthelemy Lafon.

Originally the area was developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden, giving the district its name. In the late 19th century, some of these large lots were subdivided, as Uptown New Orleans became more urban. This has produced a pattern for much of the neighborhood: of any given block having a couple of early 19th-century mansions surrounded by gingerbread-decorated late Victorian period houses. Thus, the Garden District is now known for its architecture more than for its gardens per se.

The Garden District was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974 and has a number of notable landmarks within it.

The writer George Washington Cable’s home is in the Garden District, as is the house where Confederate General Jefferson Davis died. Commander’s Palace restaurant is located here. So is the historic Anshe Sfard synagogue, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and The Rink, a 19th-century skating rink that has been converted into a coffee ship and small shopping mall. The McGehee School, a private girls' school, is within the boundaries of the Garden District and Trinity School is also in the area.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

1123 Second Street in the Garden District

Living area:

3,335 square feet

Total living area:

4,679 feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Three full/two half

Lot size:

35 x 127 feet

Extras:

The house has remodeled structural changes - all major mechanical systems i.e. HVAC, plumbing and electrical have been remodeled.

Price:

$1,085,000

Marketing agent:

Tracey Moore

Wirth-Moore Realty Inc.

504-352-3303

tracey@wirthmoorerealty.com