When you buy a condo in a renovated building, you get the best of both worlds: a residence in an established neighborhood plus new plumbing, wiring and roof. This listing is your opportunity to own a condo in the oldest neighborhood in the city, filled with all the artifacts New Orleanians love: high ceilings, exposed brick walls and modern, large rooms.
“This stunning residence was built by renowned French Quarter architect Leon Impastato on the best block of the Vieux Carre,” said Richard Jeansonne, the owner and listing broker with French Quarter Realty. “This property features a rare, large private brick courtyard with hand-painted murals, a fountain and lush flora.”
The condo includes a large balcony with a white railing overlooking the brick-walled courtyard filled with plants. The brick-floored courtyard itself spans the width of the condo and functions as an extra room with plenty of seating and eating space. It has a charming wrought iron fence and gate leading to it. “Custom… French doors open out to this private balcony and courtyard,” said Jeansonne.
The inside of the condo is just lovely, with exposed beams, chandeliers, exposed brick walls, open book shelves, French doors and a brick floor. The kitchen has a glass-fronted pantry, cherrywood cabinets, granite counter tops and plenty of storage space.
“The elegant two-story, free-standing dependency boasts a spacious, light-filled floor plan,” said Jeansonne, “and a tailor-made cypress kitchen, bookshelves, and a vanity all designed by A. Hays Town Jr.”
The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is 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). 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 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.
In 1917, the closure of the Storyville red light district sent much of the vice formerly concentrated there back into the French Quarter. This, combined with the French Opera House’s burning, provided an end to the era of French Creole culture in the Quarter. Many of the remaining French Creoles moved to the University area.
In the early 20th century, the Quarter's cheap rents and air of decay attracted a bohemian artistic community, a trend which became pronounced in the 1920s. Many of these new inhabitants were active in the first preservation efforts in the Quarter, which began around that time. As a result, the Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) was established in 1925. Although initially only an advisory body, a 1936 referendum to amend the Louisiana constitution afforded it a measure of regulatory power.
Meanwhile, World War II brought thousands of servicemen and war workers to New Orleans and many paid visits to the Vieux Carre. Although nightlife was lively on Bourbon Street in the two decades following the closure of Storyville, the war produced a larger, more permanent presence of exotic, risqué, and often raucous entertainment on what became the city's most famous strip. More of the neighborhood was developed to support tourism, important to the city's economy.
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About this condo
Address: 1227 Royal St. No. 5 in the French Quarter
Living area: 1,194 square feet
Baths: One full/one half
Extras: exposed brick walls, large courtyard spanning the width of the condo and spectacular views of Royal Street and French Quarter
French Quarter Realty
1041 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116
Licensed in Louisiana