There’s no doubt about it: Uptown New Orleans has some gorgeous houses, and this one is no exception. This listing at 89 Audubon Blvd. takes you back to the earliest days of the city, when planters lived on prestigious plantations.
The house is set on a large 60 x 163-foot lot amid plenty of grass and trees. It opens into a two-story foyer with a curving staircase to the second floor, which has plenty of windows for light plus a sparkling chandelier.
The living room is also well-lighted with plenty of windows and puddling draperies and the dining room offers another chandelier. The kitchen has pristine white cabinets contrasted with dark granite counter tops, and if you move quickly to buy it, you can enjoy its swimming pool all summer long.
“This house is an elegant and private plantation-style home located on prestigious Audubon Boulevard,” said Margaret Maxwell, the listing agent with Keller Williams Realty. “It has a magnificent curved staircase, tasteful interiors, high ceilings, marble fireplaces and an open floor plan – all of which is great for entertaining.”
The house has 4,800 square feet of living area, with five bedrooms and five baths. It also has a charming guest house – and you will need it. Wait until your out-of-town family and friends finds out that you can offer them a private house of their own opening onto a beautiful pool!
“The house is on a large, L-shaped corner key lot with a walled yard, fabulous swimming pool, a house generator and a charming 580-square foot guest house,” said Maxwell. It’s in Lusher Elementary District, was just freshly painted and ready for you to move right in.”
The first house to occupy this site was built in 1920 by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Bartlett, costing $13,500. However, by 1934 when Henry Grady Price bought the site for $5,610, that house no longer existed. The late architect Richard Koch designed the present house for Price in 1935, modeling it after the French Colonial Revival residence called the “Spanish Customhouse” on Bayou St. John.
Koch was quoted in a Times-Picayune interview as saying that this is the ideal house to build in this climate, citing the fact that the porch breaks the heat in our long summers. The Prices sold the house in 1946 to George Davidson, who sold it to Morris Burka in 1951. In 1992, Laura and Darryl Byrd purchased the house.
John James Audubon (Jean-Jacques Audubon) (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851), for whom Audubon Boulevard is named (as well as Audubon Park and Audubon Place), was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species of birds.
Just down the street, at 14 Audubon Blvd., is the Huey P. Long Mansion. This 1920s Mediterranean Revival house was formerly owned by Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long, although he lived here only occasionally.
Uptown, the neighborhood in which this house is located, was developed during the 19th century, mostly from land that had been plantations in the Colonial era. After the Louisiana Purchase, many settlers from other parts of the United States developed their homes and businesses in the area upriver from the older Creole city. 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 and this newly-absorbed area became known as Uptown New Orleans. Its distinctive architecture ranges from the Gothic buildings of Tulane and Loyola universities to the grand mansions that line St. Charles Avenue. There are also modest shotgun homes and cottages scattered around the perimeter of the section.
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