One of the best-kept secrets in New Orleans is the charming community of Bucktown. This listing affords its buyer the opportunity to live in an established close-knit neighborhood, but in a lovely contemporary house.

“This is a beautiful custom home conveniently located in Bucktown, minutes from downtown New Orleans,” said Kathy Harrell, the listing agent with Jon Huffman Real Estate. “This bright, open floor plan has loads of extras.”

The all-brick house has oversized entrance doors which open into a wide foyer. The huge great room has a built-in serving bar and flows easily into the dining room. All the floors are either wooden or easy-to-clean tiles.

“There is a lower level bedroom with access to a full bath with a stone shower,” said Harrell, a sales professional for 28 years, both for The Times-Picayune and as a real estate agent, “and there’s a large great room with a gas fireplace.”

The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous with plenty of storage space in cherry wood cabinets and drawers, topped with granite counter tops. It also has stainless steel appliances and a restaurant stove. Stairs leading to the second floor are guarded by a wrought iron railing.

“The house has ten-foot ceilings downstairs and nine-foot ceilings upstairs,” said Harrell, a member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors and the director of fund raising for St. Jude Community Center. “It also has tray ceilings and a large master bedroom with a master bath with a garden tub, a separate shower and marble countertops.”

The kitchen flows easily into the great room and the dining room and all this space is convenient to have when you’re entertaining family and friends.

“The spacious kitchen with a breakfast area overlooks a large back yard through dormer windows,” said Harrell.

Just across the 17th Street Canal, rustic fishing village called Bucktown developed during the late 19th century. By the early 20th century, wooden camps built on stilts with wide galleries covered by shingle or tin roofs lined the canal. There were also stores, a schoolhouse and a jail, as well as saloons, gambling houses, dance halls and clubhouses for sportsmen. Bucktown's restaurants were notable attractions, serving plentiful seafood from the lake and wildfowl and game from the surrounding swamps and marshes. 

During the days of Prohibition, Bucktown was known for its speakeasies, houses of prostitution, and gaming dens. Gambling was legal in what was known as the free State of Jefferson. Bucktown was a rowdy, wide-open place where the barroom brawls were common. The settlement is said to have been named for the young bucks who came there looking for a rough time. There are other stories about the origin of the name. Some say that the village was named for the good deer hunting in the area. Others say it was named for a local fisherman, Oliver 'Buck' Wooley. 

Amid the unrestrained gaiety, Bucktown was one of the places where jazz was born with such tunes as the 'Bucktown Bounce' by Johnny Wiggs and the 'Bucktown Blues' by Jelly Roll Morton. 

Bucktown was exposed to violent storms and the resulting damage contributed to its picturesque, ramshackle appearance. The fishing village survived the hurricanes of 1915 and 1947, as well as the encroachment of urban suburbs. 

Until the recent years, the 17th Street Canal at Bucktown was home to a fleet of about 100 shrimp boats. Yearly on the Fourth of July, a festival was held for the blessing of the fleet. Through the years Bucktown remained a center where fresh seafood could be bought from local fisherman. Deanie's was the first market to be built in Bucktown and one of the first to sell boiled seafood for sale in New Orleans. Deanie's has grown into more than a market. Today, Deanie's continues the Bucktown tradition of serving the finest seafood through our market, restaurant and shipping services.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 1302 Chickasaw Ave. in Bucktown

Living area: 3,139 square feet

Bedrooms: Five

Baths: Five full/three half

Extras: Lower level bedroom with access to a full bath with a stone shower

Price: $599,000

Marketing agent:

Kathy Harrell

Jon Huffman Real Estate

504-616-6516

504-235-5389

504-283-6848

kathypharrell@gmail.com