2237 Constance St. in the Irish Channel  - Exterior
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The advantage of buying a house in one of the older areas of the city – such as this one in the Irish Channel – is that you instantly acquire a structure with all the accoutrements so desirable to New Orleanians: high ceilings, marble mantels and large rooms. Plus, if it’s been renovated as this one has, you also have modern conveniences such as new plumbing and wiring.

“This is an elegant Victorian house with a double gallery in the Irish Channel,” said Nathalie Dubois, the listing agent with Latter & Blum Inc., Realtors. “It has been meticulously restored and is the perfect blend of Old World charm and modern comfort.”

The imposing structure is painted an inviting ochre defined by sparkling white columns separated by wrought iron and white window trim. It’s surrounded by a wrought iron fence. An inviting brick walkway, which also runs around the side of the house, leads you onto the spacious porch.

Inside, the house has a very clean, spare look. Dark floors in the entrance hall are partially covered with sisal carpets, there is a charming spiral staircase leading to the second floor as well as a twinkling chandelier.

“Original features in the house include 13-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden floors and doors,” said Dubois. “There are also seven marble mantels and a lovely center hall spiral staircase.”

The living room windows have been left undraped and plenty of sunlight creates a light-filled room. The dining room has its own chandelier and fireplace and is large enough to seat at least a dozen of your family and friends.

“Gorgeous updates include Carrera marble, Viking and Wolf stainless steel appliances, walk-in showers, claw foot tubs and an iron fence,” said Dubois. “There’s also a separate one-bedroom, one-bath pool house that you could rent for extra income.”

The kitchen has a center island which seats four, white cabinets and a brick backsplash. There’s also a huge side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and a restaurant-sized range.

“Other goodies include a salt-water pool, a fire pit and two-car parking with an electric gate,” Dubois said.

The name Irish Channel comes from the French Manche irlandaise and its boundaries are Magazine, First and Toledano streets and the Mississippi River.

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The mostly working-class neighborhood was originally settled largely by immigrants from Ireland in the early 19th century. At the time of early immigration to the Irish Channel, this area was outside of the incorporated city of New Orleans, and the area was known as Lafayette, being formally annexed into New Orleans in 1852.

Adele Street was the center of activity; St. Alphonsus Church, constructed in 1855 by the Redemptorist Fathers, served the religious and cultural needs of this Irish immigrant population for many years. In 1874, a painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was brought to St. Alphonsus and a National Shrine established. For generations Irish school children as well as parishioners and visitors would participate in novenas to Our Lady at St. Alphonsus church. These services were so well attended that the city placed additional street cars in service to carry the large number of attendees.

Through the early 20th century much of the population worked in the port of New Orleans before modern shipping innovations greatly reduced the need for stevedores. There were also local breweries in the area.

Parades and parties are held on and around St. Patrick's Day, which are enjoyed by many locals whether they are of Irish ancestry or not. The local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians promotes Irish Channel heritage. Parasol's Bar and Tracey's Bar, a block apart on Third Street, are a focal point for St. Patrick's Day parades in the Irish Channel.

Built on the city's old high ground, the neighborhood escaped the catastrophic flooding of most of the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

2237 Constance St. in the Irish Channel

Living area:

5,426 square feet

Bedrooms:

Seven

Baths:

Five full/one half

Extras:

Balcony, courtyard, fence, outdoor entertainment area, patio/porch, security cameras

Price:

$1,650,000

Marketing agent:

Nathalie Dubois

Latter & Blum Inc., Realtors

504-895-4663

504-610-0679

504-895-2524 (efax)

ndubois@latterblum.com