Talk about striking curb appeal! When you drive up to this listing at 6119 Camp St. Uptown, you’re struck with the way the colors pop out at you. The house is painted a luscious green sherbet, set off by a shrimp-colored swing and front door. The landscaping carries out the dual color scheme as well.
“This is a charming camelback cottage set in a wonderful location two blocks from Audubon Park,” said listing agent Billy Alpaugh, with Latter & Blum Realtors. “It’s also one block on the St. Charles Avenue side of Magazine Street.”
The owners are lively people in love with color. One living room is deeper hue of the exterior shrimp color and the other is a cheerful yellow. The dining room is a vibrant red set off by pristine white woodwork. There is even an orange stove in the kitchen, which tends to stand out since all of the cabinets and the backsplash are a neutral beige.
“This is such a joyful house,” said Barbara Alpaugh, Billy’s wife, a pre-school teacher at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, who was helping to greet visitors at the Sunday open house. “The owners would love to stay here, but they just need a bigger place for their growing family.”
There are three bedrooms and three full baths on the second floor and the entire house has high ceilings, wide pine floors, decorative fireplaces and a deep back yard. The yard is completely charming with a brick patio, wrought iron furniture – and even a mint green storage shed with its own little shutters and window box full of flowers.
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 and Carrollton This newly-absorbed area became known as Uptown New Orleans.
Uptown was built along the higher ground along an old natural Mississippi River levee – the “sliver by the river,” as we call it now. Streets were laid out either roughly paralleling the river’s curve or perpendicular to it.
Major roadways echoing the river’s crescent include Tchoupitoulas Street closest to the river, Magazine Street with its one lane of traffic in both directions, is a major commercial district, known for its many locally owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Prytania Street extends only up to Jefferson Avenue as a major thoroughfare. And then there is famous St. Charles Avenue, home to the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and the city’s “millionaire’s row.”
A good number of the architecturally significant old mansions still stand along St. Charles, but much of it has more recently built apartment buildings and commercial establishments as well. 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.
The “spokes” perpendicular to the river include Melpomene/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Jackson, Washington, Louisiana, Napoleon, Jefferson and Nashville avenues, Broadway, Carrollton Avenue, and Leonidas Street. Many of these were formerly the main streets of or the boundary lines between the various early 19th-century towns which were absorbed into the city.
Near the upper end of Uptown, on and around the land used for the 1884 World’s Fair are the landmarks Audubon Park, Tulane University, and Loyola University New Orleans.
“Barbara and I both grew up Uptown and continue to live here,” said Alpaugh. “Residential real estate sales in an area you love, really does make it not feel like job. The fact that Uptown is a very popular area feels like a validation of our choice to stay here.”
Angela Carll may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-947-6575
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