The Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans has always been a prestigious place to live and houses here have retained their value throughout the up and downs of real estate booms and busts.
“This house is a beautiful 114-year-old late Victorian giving you an extraordinary opportunity to live in the heart of Uptown,” said Brooke Arthurs, the listing agent with Latter & Blum. “It’s set on an oversized 43x120-foot landscaped yard with plenty of room for a pool.”
As you approach the house, you’re struck with its grace and charm. Its exterior color is set off by tall white columns marching across its front porch. It has brick steps with wrought iron hand rails and a couple of rockers welcome you inside. The second floor boasts a balcony and there are shutters on those windows.
“This is a lovely three-story home,” said Arthurs. “It has a wonderful formal living room and dining room plus a casual, light-filled den - all perfect for entertaining.”
The foyer has a graceful staircase leading to the second-floor bedrooms with a window on its landing. The living room is large and filled with light and Roman shades afford privacy. It has a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and a refinished wooden floor. The dining room is large enough to entertain more than a dozen of your family and friends.
“This house has approximately 3,300 square feet of living area over three floors with five bedrooms filled with light, two-and-a-half baths and an elevator,” said Arthurs.
The kitchen is a white wonderland with all-white appliances, an eating bar and a restaurant-size range. There are plenty of white cabinets for storage as well as an easy-to-clean white slate floor. Its den is particularly appealing with floor to ceiling windows and French doors leading to a spacious tree-filled back yard.
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.
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About this House
1655 State St. Uptown
3,300 square feet
Two full/one half
43 x 120 feet
Three stories with an outside shed, elevator, walk-in attics, dishwasher, dryer, refrigerator, washer, two-plus central air and heating
200 Broadway Suite 142, New Orleans, LA 70118