The wonderful thing about buying a renovated house in one of the established neighborhoods of the city is that you get virtually a new home – with all new wiring, plumbing and roof – yet you’re still close to all the action of an urban community.

“This is an immaculate, one-of-a-kind 19th century Marigny home displaying mission style architecture within walking distance to the French Quarter,” said Fred Buras, the listing broker with Keller Williams Realty. “It’s had an extensive renovation with meticulous attention to details from foundation to finishes.”

The Mission-style architecture is evident right from the wide front porch, thick columns and solid masonry steps. A fan window tops the oversize glass-and-wooden front doors. The style is continued right into the inside as thick columns with glass enclosures divide the living room and dining rooms. The house has been beautifully opened up with large arched doorways leading from the dining room into the kitchen and retained its original stained glass windows.

“There are new air conditioning and heating systems, new electrical, plumbing and roof,” said Buras. “Warm elegance is conveyed via coved high ceilings, transoms, restored stained glass showcase archways, exposed beams, task lighting, surround sound, a fireplace and a modern kitchen.”

The kitchen is absolutely huge and contains an eat-in island with a sink, storage drawers and a warming oven. There are stainless steel appliances and a restaurant stove with a hood. There are also granite counter tops and exposed beams. There is plenty of storage space and the floor is an easy-to-care-for blond wood. A stairway with a wrought iron railing leads to the second floor. A den buts right up to the kitchen, so it’s easy for the cook to visit with guests.

There are three bedrooms and three baths and the baths have all been renovated with glass showers, oversized sinks and French windows. Upstairs, is a dormer room large enough for two desks and a filing cabinet.

Right outside the house is a charming tile-floored patio surrounded by a wrought iron railing. It overlooks the back yard which is completely enclosed and private.

“The brilliant layout invites both formal entertaining and casual living,” said Buras, “plus there are two downstairs suites and parking for three cars.”

Faubourg Marigny is one of the city's most colorful neighborhoods; the architecture borrows heavily from the colonial French and Spanish and has elements of the Caribbean. This blending of cultures over time has resulted in a unique architectural style.

Faubourg Marigny’s boundaries are North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue, Press Street, the Mississippi River and Esplanade Avenue.

Creole landowner Bernard de Marigny sold the lots in his 1806 subdivision, Faubourg Marigny, so quickly that he extended the development just four years later. Sales of the affordable, modest-sized lots were spurred when the Pontchartrain Railroad, or “Smoky Mary,” began running on Elysian Fields Avenue in 1831. Development of the area downriver of Elysian Fields Avenue followed when Faubourg Franklin was laid out in 1834. This neighborhood, like Faubourg Marigny across St. Claude Avenue, was settled by French Creoles, German immigrants and free people of color between the 1830s and 1880s.

Several musicians either grew up in the neighborhood or moved here as adults. Ferdinand LaMothe, better known as Jelly Roll Morton, snuck away from his upright Creole grandmother’s home just off Elysian Fields Avenue to play piano in the red light district, Storyville. Sidney Bechet, Manny Perez, Danny Barker and Paul Barbarin, all giants of New Orleans music, also made their homes in the neighborhood. Nineteenth century icons like the St. Roch Market, one of the last surviving public market buildings in New Orleans, is located here. Under the ancient oaks along St. Roch and Elysian Fields avenues, Creole cottages and shotgun houses are gradually taking on fresh coats of paint. A public park is underway for the formerly industrial Press Street corridor.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

817 St. Ferdinand in Faubourg Marigny

Size:

over 3,000 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Four full/one half

Extras:

Two suites downstairs; personal home of designer Leland vanDeventer.

Price:

$899,500

Marketing agent:

Fred Buras

Keller Williams Realty

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