You are not going to find a listing like this too often: This is a contemporary house, yet it’s built in the prestigious old New Orleans Uptown zip code of 70118.
“This charming and well-located contemporary home was architect-designed and custom built in 1988,” said Merritt Lane, the listing agent with his wife Nikki of Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors. “You enter through gates leading to a lush courtyard with a pond.”
As you walk by the wall of windows leading to the cherry red front door, you can get a peek at the wonderful welcome that awaits you.
“The living spaces view and interact with the courtyard and/or the rear yard,” said Lane. “There’s a super floor plan, light-filled, since there’s loads of windows and glass doors.”
The living room is separated from the dining room, yet the floor plan flows unobstructed. There is a magnificent wooden staircase to the second floor.
“The house has high ceilings, Brazilian cherry floors,” said Lane, “a fireplace, a large master suite with a balcony and a spacious bath.”
The kitchen is an absolutely huge room with appliances lining its walls. It has a restaurant stove, a couple of ovens and a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer.
“There are three bedrooms, two full- and one half-baths,” said Lane, “and as a bonus: there’s a 1,000-plus square foot attic with heating and air conditioning and a staircase.”
The bedrooms are huge and one has a jacuzzi tub and plenty of space to store cosmetics and toiletries. And those Brazilian cherry floors unify every room in the house.
“The house is on a big lot, giving it a very private feeling,” said Lane, “and there’s a carport plus a two-car garage.”
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.
Near the upper end of Uptown, on the land used for the 1884 World Cotton Centennial, are Audubon Park, Tulane University, and Loyola University.
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About this House
Address: 6031 Camp St. Uptown
Living area: 3,940 square feet
Baths: Two full/one half
Extras: Butler’s pantry, electric garage, washer/dryer hookups, smoke alarm, stainless steel appliances, walk-in attics, cooktop, dishwasher, disposal, double oven, trash masher, Brazilian cherry floors Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace
Nikki and Merritt Lane
Latter & Blum Realtors Uptown