Buying a condo can land you in an older, established neighborhood with high-priced property, yet is cheaper than purchasing a house – plus there are usually amenities not found in a house, such as a pool and a sense of community, and there’s no exterior maintenance or lawn to mow.

“This is a recently updated townhouse-style condo on gated and tree-lined grounds with a pool,” said Barbara Bedestani, the listing agent with Keller Williams Realty. “It’s one block from Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue in an excellent association of eight total units in four buildings.”

This is a prime location – within walking distance to Mardi Gras parades, and it’s at an excellent price – under a half million dollars to live Uptown. Magazine Street is a shopper’s dream. There are six miles of boutiques, grocery stores and upscale restaurants.

“There’s a two-car driveway with a remote controlled gate,” said Bedestani, “new cabinets, countertops, stainless appliances and a full-size washer/dryer in the kitchen.”

The kitchen is a stainless steel marvel. All of its appliances are shiny stainless steel and it has granite counter tops as well.

“It also has re-glazed tubs, new cabinets and marble in the bathrooms,” said Bedestani. “You can entertain with a spacious dining room and wet bar in the living room.”

Uptown is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city to live in, and property here is priced accordingly. For just a small piece of property, buyers pay dearly to live in this older, established neighborhood. Yet, even at about a thousand square feet, there’s plenty of room in this condo.

“As a bonus, there’s a large, floored attic on the third level,” said Bedestani, “new carpet upstairs and a new roof in the last year.”

Uptown was built along the higher ground along an old natural river levee of a wide gradual bend of the Mississippi. Streets were laid out either roughly paralleling the River's curve or perpendicular to it, resulting in what has been called a wheel with spokes street pattern.

Major roadways echoing the river's crescent include Tchoupitoulas Street closest to the river. Formerly heavily devoted to river shipping commerce, as shipping became more containerized in the later 20th century more of Tchoupitoulas became devoted to residential and other commercial uses. The next major street is Magazine. While Magazine Street has only one lane of traffic in both directions, it is a major commercial district, known for its many locally owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Prytania Street is the next major street inland, and next is famous St. Charles Avenue, home to the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line. St. Charles was the city's millionaire's row in the 19th century, and a good number of the architecturally significant old mansions still stand. Further back, the streets Simon Bolivar, La Salle, and Freret form another parallel with the river. Furthest back is wide Claiborne Avenue, which until the early 20th century had a canal running down its neutral ground, and in much of Uptown was the back boundary of developed area until the drainage pumps designed by A. Baldwin Wood were installed.

Like most of the oldest parts of the city developed before 1900 on the city's higher ground, the majority of Uptown had very little flooding from Hurricane Katrina. For this reason, the portion of New Orleans along the riverfront stretching from the Bywater to Carrollton and including about half of Uptown is sometimes called “the sliver by the river” and “Isle of Denial.”

Since it was spared the levee disaster flood, for months early in the post-Katrina recovery, Magazine Street became a commercial hub of New Orleans, with many businesses owned and run by locals reopening.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 4436 Camp St. Uptown

Living area: 1,554 square feet

Bedrooms: Three

Baths: Two full/one half

Extras: Two-car driveway with remote-controlled gate, new cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and full size washer/dryer in the kitchen, re-glazed tubs, new cabinets and marble in the bathrooms, spacious dining room and wet bar in the living room. Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace

Price: $445,000

Marketing agent:

Barbara Bedestani

Keller Williams Realty New Orleans

8601 Leake Avenue

504-862-0100

504-606-5445