Legend has it that Mardi Gras first arrived in New Orleans over three centuries ago, March 3, 1699 to be exact. While this popular, often raucous festival has been honored throughout the world for thousands of years, it was on that date in March when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville arrived in New Orleans and had a small celebration in an area they named Point du Mardi Gras. Today, Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in Louisiana, and the elaborate carnival festivities along the streets of the French Quarter are well known for their bawdy attitude, lavish floats, costumes, bead throwing, and more making it an outrageous spring tradition. Add in some sought after New Orleans cuisine, such as jambalaya, shrimp Creole and red beans and rice, as well as the traditional King Cake decorated in Mardi Gras colors – purple, green and gold, it’s no wonder that over one million people attend the various celebrations throughout the city.
It has also been said that the overall theme of today’s Mardi Gras is to enjoy the abundance of life. While thousands of visitors may come to celebrate this unique holiday, they leave with a greater understanding of our community’s rich history, culture and distinct, walkable neighborhoods. From historic properties to those with a more modern edge, New Orleans has it all. With parks and playgrounds scattered throughout, wonderful restaurants, an eclectic arts and music scene, historic streetcars to take you where you want to go, as well as nearby Lake Pontchartain and its green spaces, there is something here for everyone.
501 Burgundy Street
One such property currently for sale that truly showcases the ambiance of our city is located in the French Quarter at 501 Burgundy Street. Built only 40 years old, this contemporary townhouse has the look and feel of a traditional New Orleans home with a stunning wrap around porch, tall ceilings, french doors and quaint courtyard. The spacious modern kitchen is ideal for the chef in the family, while the luxurious master bedroom boasts an ensuite spa like bath complete with soaking tub, separate shower and, are you ready, a fireplace and wine refrigerator – a true escape designed with complete relaxation in mind. Added bonus: parking is a breeze with your own private garage.
535 St. Philip Street, 5
Not far away, another French Quarter residence is on the market at 535 St Philip Street, 5 . This is a rare opportunity to own a Persian Garret condominium with gorgeous balcony that overlooks St. Peter’s Street and offers Cathedral and city views. Meticulously cared for, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath property boasts an open floor plan, ideal for entertaining especially if you want to host your own Mardi Gras next year. Here you will find beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings with exposed beams, skylight, as well as a lush courtyard to enjoy your chicory fueled coffee in the mornings. Located in an amazing neighborhood with secure entrance, this home is near restaurants, shopping and entertainment.
1230 Bourbon Street
Just a few blocks from the world renowned Bourbon Street, is 1230 Bourbon Street. Situated in the residential section of the French Quarter is this wonderful 2 bedroom, 1 bath renovated condo that has been completely remodeled and upgraded. With an abundance of charm including delightful front porch, discover original pine floors and stained glass, reclaimed wood walls from a 200 year old mill, custom metal doors, chef’s kitchen with high end Euro appliances, spacious bedrooms, modern bathroom and security system. Close to all that New Orleans offers, this highly desirable property promises the quintessential Big Easy lifestyle.
1124 Burgundy Street
If you are in the market for a one of a kind estate to create your own memories and traditions, look no further than 1124 Burgundy Street. Designed by preeminent architect Frank Masson, this elegantly restored 1830’s mansion has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 2 partial baths with original mantles, doors and woodwork. From the beautiful entry way with curved, floating staircase, to the grand high ceilings, serene master suite and spacious living areas, this light filled property also boasts two peaceful gardens, charming courtyard and an attached garconniere along with a charming rear party currently used as a study. Simply breathtaking, this French Quarter mansion is everything an upscale home should be.
1017 Conti Street
Finally, perhaps a triplex in the French Quarter will do? This is ideal for those looking for investment opportunities or desire more space for work or family. With ample parking in the neighborhood, this restored Creole cottage and three story service building provide three unique and separate living spaces which share a large courtyard. From its charming curb appeal, to its magazine worthy style, this turn key property is exceptional in every way. A remarkable find!
No matter your housing preference, Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in the listing and marketing of New Orleans homes for sale with an outstanding portfolio of one of a kind properties for those looking for something beyond the ordinary.