If your dream is to own an old New Orleans home, but with updated systems, this listing at 232 Vallette St. on Algiers Point is just the house for you.
This 1860s center hall cottage has all the details we love in our historic homes: soaring ceilings complete with ceiling medallions, chandeliers and ceiling fans, wide heart pine floors, bead board wainscoting and cast iron railings.
As you enter the Greek Revival house, built by shipyard repair owner Francois Azanor Vallette for his eldest son, you’re almost startled by the Navaho red entrance hall just beyond its beveled glass natural oak doors.
“I chose this color because it’s especially warm and inviting,” explained owner Janet Gisleson. “It sets off the free-standing stairs and the chandelier which was originally designed for candles in the foyer.”
To the right of the foyer are double parlors – one with a soapstone mantle and one with a cypress mantle. Just beyond that is a small room now used as an office. Throughout are split natural oak doors, taking up less room than a full door.
Just off the entrance hall is a spiffy black and white full bath, making these rooms an easy conversion to a separate suite.
The center hall flows into a magnificently large great room with an adjacent kitchen. A sweet little corner fireplace offers architectural detail, and it’s easy to imagine convivial family and friend gathering here.
The large, bright yellow kitchen is home to hand crafted bead board cabinets, an extra-deep sink, built-in microwave and plenty of storage.
“We discovered these cabinets under plenty of layers of paint,” noted Gisleson, “and I like plenty of light in the kitchen, which is why I chose the cheerful yellow paint.”
This bright, light kitchen opens onto an inviting screened porch with a perfect view of the large back yard. Since the porch is also accessible from the family room, it affords plenty of space for guests and perhaps an outdoor bar.
To the left of the center hall is the magnificent dining room with its own medallion and chandelier and an intimate breakfast room with easy access to the kitchen.
A walk up the free-standing stairs with cypress treads leads to the second floor. On the landing are a couple of storage closets; there are also three bedrooms with dormer windows. The master suite has plenty of space – enough room for a sitting and reading area. Its bath has a sit-in ceramic tile shower and a bead board linen closet. The other bath is a surprise: it’s huge! This is the home to the washer/dryer, plenty more storage and lots of room for dressing.
Although this home is totally gorgeous, with plenty of space for family gathering and entertaining, it also has some desirable items that you might not see: plenty of energy efficient insulation, all-new plumbing, all-new wiring and an extra-large lot with off-street parking.
“This is a rare opportunity to own a mid-1800s center hall cottage that has been beautifully renovated with all the amenities,” said listing agent JoAnn Tournillon, with LATTER & BLUM Realtors. “Algiers Point is a real neighborhood, a little community with easy access to Canal Street via the ferry. It’s so close, in fact, that you can see the fireworks on the river right from this house.”
The International School is just down, the street, the soon-to-be-reopened Hubble library is just around the corner and a walking/biking path stretching to Federal City is in the planning stages. Plus, the neighborhood sponsors Riverfest each year, a festival filled with food, music and friendship.
“We never knew there was such a little jewel of a home not far from the city when we moved here,” said Gisleson. “We’ve enjoyed this house for ten years, and know that another owner will love it the way we do.”
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