This listing is the rare opportunity to live in a modern house right in the middle of Uptown, one of New Orleans’ oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods.
The house is deceiving from the outside, since it’s tucked back behind a privacy fence. A brick path leads up to a brick wall with a white wrought iron gate. To the side is the driveway with its own wrought iron gate.
“This is a mid-century modern New Orleans home that is now available,” said Lauren Smith, the listing agent with Keller Williams New Orleans. “It was designed by world-renowned iconic architects Curtis and Davis and had a custom renovation in 2016.”
The reading room has its own modern chandelier and a wall of bookcases. It also has egress to the outdoors and its own private patio. There is also an elevated dining area with magnificent views to the outdoors and a sunken living room which could be filled with plush couches for Saints-watching days.
“It has three bedrooms plus an office, four full- and one half-baths plus 3,245 square feet of living area,” said Smith, “plus, it has floor-to-ceiling windows.”
The kitchen and baths are sleekly modern and there’s a charming enclosed courtyard with its own fireplace just off the master suite.
The entrance to the swimming pool is via a plank bridge guarded by a couple of lions from the living room leading to a seating area shaded by mature trees.
“This house has a heated lap pool, multiple outdoor spaces, a gated driveway and a garage,” said Smith, and it’s located in one of New Orleans's most desirable neighborhoods. This is a rare opportunity to live in a true work of art.”
Uptown, beginning upriver of the Garden District and stretching to Broadway Street, is a self-contained residential world. It’s a place where late-19th century homes are scrupulously maintained and small-scale restaurants and shops reinforce the feeling that you are visiting a village, not a city.
Uptown was part of lands granted to Louisiana Governor Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville in 1719, then divided into smaller plantations in 1723. It wasn’t until the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition on the present-day site of Audubon Park, however, that the areas away from St. Charles Avenue experienced a building boom.
Faubourg Hurstville was the first faubourg of what is now Uptown New Orleans, created in 1833 by Cornelius Hurst, a wealthy businessman. It ran along the Mississippi River from Joseph Street between Eleonore Street and State Street, continuing inland to Claiborne Avenue. The land had been part of a plantation once owned by Jean-Baptiste François LeBreton.
Cornelius Hurst, Pierre Joseph Tricou, and Julie Robert Avart had bought the plantation in 1831, dividing it into three equal parts. Hurst commissioned a plantation house to be built on his land in 1832. The site of this house later became the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Joseph Streets. The house was moved in 1922 to a site at Three Garden Lane. Tricou sold his part to Hurst in 1832. Hurst's property was surveyed for development into Faubourg Hurstville. Avart's portion became Faubourg Bloomingdale.
Hurst named the three streets perpendicular to the Mississippi River Eleonore, Arabella, and Joseph for his wife, daughter, and son, respectively. He named the fourth street Nashville, as part of his plan to get the New Orleans & Nashville Railroad to construct a spur into his faubourg. However, both Hurst and the railroad went bankrupt during the Panic of 1837, and the proposed track was not built.
Although Hurst himself is largely forgotten, his name lives on as Hurst Street, which crosses the four streets named above. The name Hurstville is still used to identify the former faubourg; and as of 2010, still appears in local news items and real estate listings. The neighborhood streets are almost entirely residential.
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About this House
Address: 1425 Eleonore St. Uptown in Faubourg Hurstville
Living area: 3,245 square feet
Baths: Four full/one half
Extras: Living room has a view of the pool
Keller Williams New Orleans
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