This listing is one of those fabulous old New Orleans Uptown homes that just lend itself to raising a large family, having lots of charitable functions and sheltering extended friends when they come to town.

“This magnificent home has been in the same family for seven decades,” said Margaret Maxwell, one of the listing agents with Meredith Strachan with the Maxwell Strachan Group of Keller Williams. “It has fabulous architectural details including soaring ceilings, a breathtaking staircase, beautiful inlaid wooden floors, decorative moldings and mantles.”

The rooms have a definite baronial look with wooden fireplaces, coved ceilings, exposed ceiling beams and wooden floors. Many of the rooms open to the vast expanses of brick patios outdoors. The front door leads to a massive wooden staircase topped with a chandelier and a stained glass window on its landing. Massive columns invite guests into the living and dining rooms.

“The great floor plan includes a generously sized living room, music room, dining room and sun room plus a wrap-around porch on an oversized lot with gardens,” said Strachan.

The kitchen is efficient with a restaurant stove, an island and granite counter tops. There’s also plenty of storage. Book lovers will love the built-in bookshelves in the library which has plenty of room for comfy chairs for reading. The music room is particularly lovely with its decorative ceiling and marble fireplace and the pool room has a definite masculine feel to it.

“The features include a gourmet kitchen and a one-bedroom, one-bath carriage house not included in the square footage,” said Maxwell, “an elevator, a 25-K… generator, gated parking with two garages, electrical and plumbing upgrades and ample storage.”

Homeowners love bathrooms and these are particularly interesting. One has a green granite sink and a walk-in and sit-in shower paneled in glass. There are plenty of overhead lights for putting on makeup plus a walk-in closet nearby.

Uptown was built along the higher ground along an old natural river levee of a wide gradual bend of the Mississippi. Streets were laid out either roughly paralleling the River's curve or perpendicular to it, resulting in what has been called a wheel with spokes street pattern.

Major roadways echoing the river's crescent include Tchoupitoulas Street closest to the river. Formerly heavily devoted to river shipping commerce, as shipping became more containerized in the later 20th century more of Tchoupitoulas became devoted to residential and other commercial uses. The next major street is Magazine. While Magazine Street has only one lane of traffic in both directions, it is a major commercial district, known for its many locally owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Prytania Street is the next major street inland, and next is famous St. Charles Avenue, home to the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line. St. Charles was the city's millionaire's row in the 19th century, and a good number of the architecturally significant old mansions still stand. Further back, the streets Simon Bolivar, La Salle, and Freret form another parallel with the river. Furthest back is wide Claiborne Avenue, which until the early 20th century had a canal running down its neutral ground, and in much of Uptown was the back boundary of developed area until the drainage pumps designed by A. Baldwin Wood were installed.

Like most of the oldest parts of the city developed before 1900 on the city's higher ground, the majority of Uptown had very little flooding from Hurricane Katrina. For this reason, the portion of New Orleans along the riverfront stretching from the Bywater to Carrollton and including about half of Uptown is sometimes called “the sliver by the river” and “Isle of Denial.”

Since it was spared the levee disaster flood, for months early in the post-Katrina recovery, Magazine Street became a commercial hub of New Orleans, with many businesses owned and run by locals reopening.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 1730 Palmer Ave. Uptown

Living area: 7,040 square feet

Bedrooms: Six

Baths: Four full/one half

Extras: Elevator, security, dishwasher, Refrigerator

Parking, Gas, public sewer service, central air+ View AllMicrowave, Fireplace

Price: $2,700,000

Marketing agents:

Margaret Maxwell

Maxwell Strachan Group

Keller Williams Realtors

504-458-1220

504-862-1011

mm@margaretmaxwell.com

Meredith Strachan, Realtor, J.D.

504-655-5256

504-862-0100

meredithstrachan@gmail.com