This listing is your opportunity to own a house in the oldest neighborhood in the city, filled with all the artifacts New Orleanians love: high ceilings, exposed brick walls and modern, large rooms.

“This stunning, one-of-a-kind single-family home in the French Quarter features soaring 17-foot ceilings, French doors and a large open floor plan perfect for entertaining,” said Bryan Francher, the listing agent with Leslie Perrin of Gardner Realtors. “It has magnificent architectural details, a chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a center island.”

The kitchen is absolutely huge, with an eat-on island, exposed ceiling beams, a copper hood and an easy-to-clean slate floor. It also has room for a breakfast area and plenty of space to hang pots and pans.

The windows of this house are most unusual: they allow light to filter in, but offer plenty of privacy. They also give the place a baronial manor feeling. The master bath is also huge, with plenty of room for all kinds of bath supplies.

“The house has a grand master suite with gorgeous exposed brick walls, a spa bath and a walk-in closet,” said Perrin. “There is a large courtyard, off-street parking and a 300-square-foot rooftop terrace with the most spectacular views of the river, downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter.”

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.

 The Great New Orleans Fire (1788) and another great fire in 1794 destroyed most of the Quarter's old French colonial architecture, leaving the colony's new Spanish overlords to rebuild it according to more modern tastes. Their strict new fire codes mandated that all structures be physically adjacent and close to the curb to create a firewall.

Even before the Civil War, French Creoles had become a minority in the French Quarter. In the late 19th century, the Quarter became a less fashionable part of town, and many immigrants settled here.

In 1917, the closure of the Storyville red light district sent much of the vice formerly concentrated there back into the French Quarter. This, combined with the French Opera House’s burning, provided an end to the era of French Creole culture in the Quarter. Many of the remaining French Creoles moved to the University area.

In the early 20th century, the Quarter's cheap rents and air of decay attracted a bohemian artistic community, a trend which became pronounced in the 1920s. Many of these new inhabitants were active in the first preservation efforts in the Quarter, which began around that time. As a result, the Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) was established in 1925. Although initially only an advisory body, a 1936 referendum to amend the Louisiana constitution afforded it a measure of regulatory power. It began to exercise more power in the 1940s to preserve and protect the district.

Meanwhile, 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.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 515 Ursulines St. in the French Quarter

Living area: 3,456 square feet

Bedrooms: Two

Baths: Two full/one half

Extras: exposed brick walls, spa bath and walk-in closet, large courtyard, off-street parking and 300-square-foot rooftop terrace with the most spectacular views of the river, downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter

Price: $2,199,000

Marketing agents:

Leslie Perrin

Bryan Francher

Francher Perrin Group

Gardner Realtors

Cell 504-251-6400 
Office 504-891-6400

Cell 504-722-5820 
Office 504-891-6400

504-251-6400