2300 Bristol Pl. in Algiers

Front exterior

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It’s a well-known fact that if you buy a house farther away from the city that you get a lot more house for your money plus you’re still just a ferry boat ride away from the Central Business District. This is just such a house – plus the price is under $200,000.

“This listing is an ageless Algiers beauty,” said Stephanie Jennings, the owner and listing broker with Blueprint Realty. “It’s located in a peaceful neighborhood and sits on a large corner lot surrounded by beautiful oak trees.”

Indeed, the oak trees frame the front of the house which is most inviting with a porch set off by spanking white columns and a car port. Shutters flank the front door and the windows on the brick façade.

“It's a lovely marriage between traditional and modern,” said Jennings. “There are unique original windows and laminate wood flooring which add plenty of charm to this house.”

The kitchen is very large with plenty of cabinets a restaurant-size range complete with a hood and granite counter tops.

“Modern updates all make the house feel fresh,” said Jennings. “There are new kitchen and baths, all new flooring, recessed lighting, and a truly oversized master suite featuring an impressive walk-in closet and a gorgeous bath.”

The house is move-in ready; the rooms are spacious and empty, waiting for their furnishings. “Outside features a fenced yard, a covered carport, and it’s in X flood zone,” said Jennings. 

Algiers is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans and, with English Turn, the only Orleans Parish community located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.

Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, was granted a large tract of land opposite New Orleans in 1719. The name is believed to have come from the proximity to the city as compared to France and Algeria.

A powder magazine was built here for safety reasons and because it stood on higher ground. A slaughterhouse was also established and Algiers went by the name of Slaughterhouse Point for some time.

The Duverjes built their plantation home in Algiers in about 1812. They would become the first family of Algiers and their home would later become the Algiers Courthouse. Algiers Point is connected to the foot of Canal Street in downtown New Orleans by the Canal Street Ferry since 1827; it is one of the oldest continuously operated ferry services in the country.

In the 1850s, Algiers became a major railroad center and eastern terminus of the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad. Ferries were used for nearly a century to carry passengers, freight and rail cars across the Mississippi River between Algiers and the Central Business District. Later, the railroad yard at Algiers would be the eastern repair shop for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

In April 1862, during the Civil War, flames arose from the shipyards in Algiers as Confederate officials destroyed property that might benefit the invading Union troops.

Until the latter 1930s, rail yards housed large amounts of freight and rolling stock, which was brought back and forth across the Mississippi River by barge. Then, the Huey P. Long Bridge, which included a railway bridge, was built upriver at Bridge City, Louisiana. The largest railroad presence had been the Southern Pacific yard. That location is still known to Algerines as "the SP yard." For decades it was largely a vacant strip. Portions of the tract were redeveloped for housing in the early 21st century.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, Algiers was the home of Martin Behrman, the longest-serving mayor of New Orleans. In 1901, the U.S. Navy established a naval station in Algiers; now the facility's West Bank campus is being redeveloped as a federal city. The completion of the bridge across the Mississippi River in 1958 made significant new development possible, and Algiers grew rapidly for the next 25 years.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

2300 Bristol Pl. in Algiers

Living area:

1,924 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Two

Lot size:

7,631 square feet

Extras:

ceiling fans, parking, porch

Marketing agent:

Stephanie Jennings

Blueprint Real Estate Group

Phone:

504-355-3337

Mobile:

504-975-1575

Email:

stephanie@blueprintglobalrealty.com