This listing at 4832 Camp St. Uptown is every buyer’s dream: It’s a traditional New Orleans house in an older, established neighborhood, but has been renovated to include all the modern amenities, such as new wiring, new plumbing and central air and heat. It’s also been completely painted inside and out.
“This is a stunning designer showcase renovation in the heart of Uptown New Orleans,” said L. Bryan Francher, the listing agent with Leslie Perrin at Gardner Realtors. “It has gorgeous wood floors, crown molding and a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.”
The house has both front and side entrances. The front is a charming two-bay shotgun with guillotine windows, shutters, gingerbread and a light on its porch. The side door has a portico for easy access from your car into its kitchen. And on the other side of the house, there’s plenty of room for off-street parking.
The designer-chef’s kitchen opens to the living and dining room and includes plenty of crisp cream cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, travertine floors and surprise! even a wine cooler. Upstairs, the house has three spacious bedrooms and two baths with granite counter tops.
“Some of the features that we really like about this listing,” added Perrin, “are that it’s situated on a corner lot, it has a beautifully landscaped yard and plenty of off-street parking.” It’s also surrounded by a charming wrought iron fence, offering privacy, but easy access to the neighborhood.
As an aside, Francher and Perrin were voted as a couple of the top three real estate agents in New Orleans by Gambit readers in its 2010, 2011 and 2012 polls.
It seems there are plenty of buyers looking for a house Uptown these days. People are moving into the area through the burgeoning film, biomedical, digital media and software and creative industries to compete with local buyers, according to a recent newspaper article. Uptown attracts people who want a house with all the old New Orleans features we like also: high ceilings, wide pine floors and nice open spaces in a neighborhood where you can walk to shopping and the snow ball stand.
Realtors point out that the number of houses in the “sliver by the river” Uptown market is at a seven-year low, similar to the months just after Hurricane Katrina. Those parts of Uptown spared the worst of the flooding were a prime spot for people who wanted to return to the city.
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. In 1874, New Orleans added the towns of Lafayette and Carrollton and this newly-absorbed area became known as Uptown New Orleans.
The neighborhood was built along the higher ground along an old natural river levee of a wide gradual bend of the Mississippi. Major roadways echoing the river’s crescent include Tchoupitoulas Street closest to the river, Magazine Street, a commercial district, known for its many locally owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries and Prytania Street.
Famous St. Charles Avenue, home to the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line, was the city’s “millionaire’s row” in the 19th century, and a good number of the architecturally significant old mansions still stand along St. Charles.
Major “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 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 “World Cotton Centennial”, are Uptown landmarks Audubon Park, Tulane University, and Loyola University New Orleans.
Angela Carll may be reached at email@example.com or 504-947-6575
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