This is probably one of the most unusual houses you’ll ever see. Although it looks like a normal house from the outside, there’s plenty of unusual aspects to the inside: there’s an abundance of art throughout, and the kitchen in particular is an art-lovers dream. And it’s located just across the street from the French Quarter.

“This is a one-of-a-kind Creole cottage with 200 years of history,” said Samara Poche, the listing broker with Keller Williams Realtors. “It’s located on the border of the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny.”

The foyer is an explosion of color. It has black-and-white tile floors, and two enormous paintings with an abundance of red in them on the walls.

If your favorite color is red, this is definitely the house for you. The living room has stained red walls and there are red walls in the dining room as well.

“It has hardwood floors and 12-foot ceilings,” said Poche, “and there are marble floors in the foyer and den.”

The house has a charming breakfast room with French doors overlooking the courtyard.

The kitchen has every kind of art you can imagine on its walls – and even some on its appliances. There’s a Chinese woman with a fan guarding the room, a nice red crawfish overlooking the oven and a cane syrup poster over the triple sinks.

“This is an artistic gourmet kitchen,” said Poche, “plus there’s a spectacular courtyard with lush green space, a heated pool and a pond – you can just imagine relaxation and entertainment.”

Faubourg Marigny was the first faubourg (suburb) to be developed below the Vieux Carre and was laid out in 1805. This area comprised the plantation of Bernard de Marigny and the boundaries extend from Esplanade Avenue to the Danoy plantation, now Franklin Avenue. The history of this plantation begins in 1718, with the founding of New Orleans.

The plan of the original city envisioned a typical French fortified town. In such a plan, the area outside the fortifications was reserved as a commons, not to be built on. Since fortifications were not built until 1769, the commons below the town were eventually granted to private ownership, after plantations had been granted during the 1720s.

Bernard de Marigny, having acquired the land after his father’s death in 1880, decided to subdivide his plantation to accommodate the rapidly growing American city. The plan of de Finiel’s, dated 1806, was planned to tie the existing streets of the Vieux Carre to the new subdivision, and continued to follow the river.

The area was divided into lots similar in size and arrangement as in the old city. Five lots facing the street, parallel to the river, were planned with two key lots that face the side streets and run through the center of the squares.

This house is just across Esplanade Avenue from the French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, the oldest neighborhood in the city. It was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, and the city developed around the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in English), a central square. Most of the present-day historic buildings were constructed during the late 18th century, during the city's period of Spanish rule, and reflect Spanish colonial architecture. The district as a whole has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The Great New Orleans Fire (1788) and another great fire in 1794 destroyed most of the Quarter's old French colonial architecture, leaving the colony's new Spanish overlords to rebuild it according to more modern tastes. Their strict new fire codes mandated that all structures be physically adjacent and close to the curb to create a firewall.

Even before the Civil War, French Creoles had become a minority in the French Quarter. In the late 19th century, the Quarter became a less fashionable part of town, and many immigrants settled here.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 833 Esplanade Ave. in Faubourg Marigny

Living area: 3,280 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Three

Extras: Hardwood floors, 12-foot ceilings, marble floors in the foyer and den Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace

Price: $1,495,000

Marketing agent:

Samara D. Poche

Keller Williams Realtors

8601 Leake Ave.

Right Side Realtors

504-319-6226

spoche@kw.com