Buying a condo is often the answer to the desire to reside in an upscale neighborhood, but not being able to afford a single-family home there. Not only that, but for a fee, all of your exterior maintenance is taken care of – and not by you.

“This is a stunning two-bedroom, two-bath condo overlooking North Rampart and the edge of the French Quarter,” said Peter Patout, the listing agent with Talbot Historic Properties,” and it has 1,242 square feet living area in a remodeled 19th century Greek Revival townhouse.”

Even though this condo is in an older building, it has been renovated and all of its systems are new.

“Three floor-to-ceiling windows lead to a beautiful balcony with a built-in irrigation system for plant life,” said Patout, “and there are 12-foot ceilings throughout.”

Unlike many older homes which have small, dark rooms, there is plenty of light flooding in here.

“This condo has an open plan for its kitchen, living, and dining room,” said Patout, “plus it has many closets, an ensuite bathroom in the master bedroom, and a period grand grey/green marble mantelpiece in the master bedroom as well.”

Even though it’s in an historic neighborhood, and an older building, it has many amenities found in new construction.

“It has a surround sound system in the living room and kitchen plus an alarm system,” said Patout. “There is secured parking spot in the garage within the building.”

New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood is geographically the part of the city that lies between North Rampart and North Broad, and from Canal Street to St. Bernard Avenue. The area received its namesake from Claude Tremé, a hat maker and real estate developer who migrated from Saugivny in Burgundy, France, and settled in New Orleans in 1783. Tremé owned only a small portion of the area that bore his name and was in possession of it for just a decade.

In later years, free persons of color and eventually those African slaves who obtained, bought, or bargained for their freedom were able to acquire and own property in Tremé. There are hundreds of examples of 18th and early 19th century ownership of large and small land areas in Faubourg Tremé by free persons of color.

The ability to acquire, purchase, and own real property during an era when America was still immersed in slavery was remarkable and only in New Orleans did this occur with any regularity and consistency.

Today, New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood is the locale for visitors and natives alike to celebrate. Various celebrations like second-line parades and jazz funerals are only a few of the lively ways Tremé honors its heritage. Scholars and historians have shared their immense knowledge with New Orleans residents and now Tremé is home to several museums dedicated to African American life, art, and history, as well as Armstrong Park, a memorial to the great jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city. It was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, and the city developed around the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in English), a central square. Most of the present-day historic buildings were constructed during the late 18th century, during the city's period of Spanish rule, and reflect Spanish colonial architecture. The district as a whole has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

World War II brought thousands of servicemen and war workers to New Orleans and many paid visits to the Vieux Carre. Although nightlife was lively on Bourbon Street in the two decades following the closure of Storyville, the war produced a larger, more permanent presence of exotic, risqué, and often raucous entertainment on what became the city's most famous strip. More of the neighborhood was developed to support tourism, important to the city's economy, including restaurants, hotels and tourist-oriented commercial properties.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 231 North Rampart, No. 6 in the French Quarter and near Treme

Living area: 1,242 square feet

Bedrooms: Two

Baths: Two

Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace

Price: $519,000

Marketing agent:

Peter W. Patout

Talbot Historic Properties

(504) 415-9730

(504) 481-4790