As you walk up the steps of this charming raised bungalow at 1701 Broadway St. Uptown, you’re immediately aware of the graceful oak tree shading the arbor and the terrace – and indeed, most of Broadway is also shaded by these beautiful leafy trees.
This raised house, constructed in the Spanish Eclectic style, has gleaming hardwood floors, plenty of windows which let in plenty of light, lots of closet space and a host of architectural details.
“And it’s all been redone,” said the listing agent, Polly Eagan with Keller Williams Realty, pointing out the floors, walls and ceilings. “Everything has fresh paint and it really sparkles.”
The house opens into a sun room or entertainment room, suitable for more casual entertaining, separate from its living room. The four-bedroom house has three baths. The master suite has a foyer as well as its own bath. A bright and cheerful kitchen with plenty of cabinets, marble-look granite counter tops, a slate-look ceramic floor and surround sound. It also has stainless steel appliances, including gas countertop, double ovens, a dishwasher and a counter depth side-by-side door refrigerator.
“The whole house has these magnificent architectural details,” pointed out Eagan, “such as the arched windows which let in plenty of natural light.”
The house also has glass-paned doors which divide its living spaces, a wood-burning fireplace with glass and brass doors and the original built-in vanities in three of the four bedrooms. An extensive alarm system which includes video cameras as well as an intercom system were added during renovation and there are three central air conditioning and heating units. The entire house is wired for telephone, alarm, cable, intercom, surround sound, video and DSL.
There is a complete finished basement containing a storage area, large playroom, laundry room, additional kitchen and extra storage.
One of the surprises of the house comes when you look out the windows onto the side yard – it’s absolutely huge for Uptown. The yard already has a bubbling fountain, two bricked patios and exterior lighting.
“This is an unusually large lot to begin with,” explained Eagan, “and since the house occupies just one side of it, you have room for a great yard and maybe even a pool.”
A bright and cheerful kitchen with plenty of cabinets, marble-look granite counter tops, a slate-look ceramic floor and surround sound. It also has stainless steel appliances, including gas countertop, double ovens, a dishwasher and a counter depth side-by-side door refrigerator.
1701 Broadway was bought by Howard Cromwell of the Crescent Furniture and Mattress Company, who purchased this site in 1923. He built the present Spanish Eclectic raised bungalow and the house remained in the Cromwell family until 1968. This particular bungalow is one of the better ones along Broadway with its arbor over the entrance steps and terrace.
Uptown was developed during the 19th century, mostly from land that had been plantations in the Colonial era. Several sections were originally developed as separate towns, like Lafayette, Jefferson City, Greenville, and Carrollton. For a time in the early 19th century, most of Uptown was part of Jefferson Parish until the City of New Orleans annexed them. In 1874, New Orleans added the towns of Lafayette (not to be confused with the present city of the same name in Lafayette Parish), and Carrollton. This newly-absorbed area became known as Uptown New Orleans.
People from other parts of the United States settled Uptown in the 19th century, joined by immigrants, notably from Italy, Ireland, and Germany. Census data shows that ethnically and racially mixed blocks were common Uptown in the 19th and early 20th century, which continues to be the case in much of Uptown today.
Another nice surprise of this listing is the automatic electric gate which opens to three off-street parking spaces – a nice touch in an Uptown neighborhood.
“This location is so convenient,” said Stephen Nguyen, Eagan’s assistant. “It’s easy to get anywhere in the city from here.”
Angela Carll may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-947-6575.
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