It would be so much fun to live in this listing. It consists of three separate houses surrounding an in-ground heated swimming pool. It would be perfect for a group of family members or friends who like to socialize together.

“This is a private, secure Marigny compound,” said Mat Berenson, the listing agent with Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors. “The main house (2,680 sq. ft.) has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.”

The exterior is painted that dark French Quarter green, and belies the goodies behind its walls. The foyer has floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a graceful wooden spiral staircase. The second-floor living room is large and opens onto the balcony. The dining room is large enough to entertain your entire family and has gorgeous refinished wooden floors.

“The master suite is on the first floor and there are beautiful architectural details and tremendous natural light,” said Berenson. It also has a gorgeous bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub with gold faucets, a separate shower and a view of the courtyard. The upstairs bedrooms have the refinished wooden floors, ceiling fans and fireplaces.

The cottage has refinished wooden floors, exposed ceiling beams and French doors leading to the patio and swimming pool. Its living room is very cozy and it has a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

“The Creole Cottage (906 square feet) has two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, a living room, laundry room and even a separate street entrance,” said Berenson.

But wait! There’s more.

“The Pool House (480 square feet) has one bedroom, one bath, a living room and a kitchen,” Berenson said. “It’s a perfect arrangement for guests and there’s also revenue potential.”

It also has a view of the pool and courtyard and its own balcony.

“All the buildings were fully restored in 1998,” said Berenson. “The courtyard is a true oasis with lush landscaping, a heated in-ground pool, a fountain and a spa.”

Living in Faubourg Marigny, the first neighborhood down river from the French Quarter, is an excellent way to live near the hustle and bustle of the Vieux Carre, yet still maintain some semblance of privacy.

“This compound is in an excellent location surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants,” said Berenson, “it’s just blocks to Frenchman Street with all of the music clubs, the French Quarter, Crescent Park and the St. Claude Galleries.

“These are two separate lots (2454 and 2456 Royal St.) to be sold separately to one buyer,” said Berenson.

Faubourg Marigny was the first faubourg (suburb) to be developed below the Vieux Carre and was laid out in 1805. This area comprised the plantation of Bernard de Marigny and the boundaries extend from Esplanade Avenue to the Danoy plantation, now Franklin Avenue. The history of this plantation begins in 1718, with the founding of New Orleans.

The plan of the original city envisioned a typical French fortified town. In such a plan, the area outside the fortifications was reserved as a commons, not to be built on. Since fortifications were not built until 1769, the commons below the town were eventually granted to private ownership, after plantations had been granted during the 1720s.

Bernard de Marigny, having acquired the land after his father’s death in 1880, decided to subdivide his plantation to accommodate the rapidly growing American city. The plan of de Finiel’s, dated 1806, was planned to tie the existing streets of the Vieux Carre to the new subdivision, and continued to follow the river.

The area was divided into lots similar in size and arrangement as in the old city. Five lots facing the street, parallel to the river, were planned with two key lots that face the side streets and run through the center of the squares.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

2454 Royal St. in Faubourg Marigny

Living area:

4,066 square feet

Bedrooms:

Three

Baths:

Four

Extras:

Attic fan, central vacuum, granite counters, washer/dryer hookups, smoke alarm, security system, stainless steel appliances, wet bar, dishwasher, disposal, dryer, microwave, range/oven, refrigerator, washer, all in three houses

Price:

$1,295,000

Marketing agent:

Mat S. Berenson CLS, CRS, ABR, GRI, HHS

Agent DesignationLatter & Blum, Uptown

504-866-2785 (office)

504-232-1352 (cell)