This darling cottage is an opportunity to live in the prestigious established upscale neighborhood of Uptown. Best of all, it’s offered at a new price – just under a half-million dollars – a virtual steal for an Uptown property.

“This is an adorable cottage tucked away on tree-lined street just steps from the Magazine and Prytania streets shopping and dining corridor,” said William Baker, the listing agent with RE/MAX N.O. Properties. “Abundant natural light fills the living spaces through an atrium, stained glass and picture windows and vaulted ceilings with skylights.”

The house is sheltered by a huge oak tree and features lush professional landscaping. The entrance is set back and reached via a concrete pebble walkway. The overlarge front door opens onto a brick-patterned hallway with a view of the back yard, leading to the main rooms of the house. The living room has plenty of light, its own fireplace and a wall large enough for a wide-screen television.

The kitchen has wide wooden floors, a mosaic-patterned back splash, all stainless steel appliances and plenty of cabinets for storage. It also has an island with three lights and room for a table and chairs for eating meals. The dining room, just off the kitchen, has polished wooden floors, a cove ceiling, a window set in its wall and its own chandelier.

“The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and tempered glass counters on its island,” said Baker. “It has a charming living room with hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace.”

The master suite has a feature much desired by home buyers: dual sinks. It also has a separate room for the bathtub and a separate shower. It has a walk-in closet with mirrored louvered doors set off by its beautiful refinished floor. Another all-red bath with sparkling white woodwork has a stained-glass window and mosaic floor tiles.

“There is a rear deck and a yard with lush landscaping,” said Baker. “The 2014 renovation included a new roof, new heating and air conditioning systems and a new water heater, plus there is the very desirable off-street parking in driveway.”

Carrollton is a neighborhood Uptown. It was formerly a separate town incorporated into the city in 1833, but has long retained some elements of distinct identity.

The main street is broad Carrollton Avenue, lined with live oaks, with the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar running on the neutral ground. The streetcar barn is just a block off the avenue on Willow Street, and the landmark Camellia Grill diner is near the corner of St. Charles and Carrollton Avenues. The old Neo-classical Carrollton court house building is on Carrollton Avenue near the Mississippi; as of 2011 it houses Audubon Charter Middle School.

Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans are just a few blocks below Carrollton, and many students, faculty, and staff live in the area and patronize the businesses there.

The neighborhood still retains two neighborhood main streets of mixed residential and commercial use. Maple Street has many restaurants, coffee houses, bars, and upscale shops. Oak Street is known for one of the neighborhood's live music venues, the Maple Leaf Bar.

Palmer Park hosts moderate-sized live music festivals each year. The park has a monument to those who died in World War I, and after Hurricane Katrina, Palmer Park hosted the monthly Mid-City art market.

Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel music, was from the Black Pearl section of Carrollton. Many immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and other parts of the United States settled here in the 19th century. The post of Mayor of Carrollton survived to the 1980s, although it was an informal one, representing the concerns of the neighborhood.

As of 2004, the United States Postal Service still delivers mail addressed either as "Carrollton, Louisiana" or "New Orleans, Louisiana." During Mardi Gras, the Krewe of OAK parades through Carrollton. The Phunny Phorty Phellows krewe also holds its parade in Carrollton, throwing beads from the streetcar.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 4521 Coliseum St. Uptown

Living area: 1,484 square feet

Bedrooms: Two

Baths: Two

Extras: An Uptown house listed below $500,000

Microwave, Refrigerator & Fireplace

Price: $499,000

Marketing agent:

William Baker

RE/MAX N.O. Properties

504-866-7733