1602 South Carrollton Uptown

This listing at 1602 South Carrollton Ave. Uptown has everything a home buyer could want: It’s a historic New Orleans home in a walkable desirable neighborhood with access to retail districts, but it’s been updated with all new systems.

“The neighborhood New Orleans developer David Hayward bought this house in 2012, took it down to the studs and spent over a year painstakingly renovating it,” said John Schaff, the listing agent with Latter & Blum Realtors. “It has 100 per cent copper wiring, spray foam insulation, energy star rated appliances and heat pump systems – not many renovations these days can tout all of that.”

The house, which at one time served as the home for Happy Times Day Care, has been painted a pleasing mauve, has a Queen Anne-style porch with brick steps and white picket railings. I can just picture white wicker furniture on the porch and having morning coffee out there within easy hailing distance of your neighbors.

An old fence was removed and the landscaping has been completely redone and includes a drive with off-street parking now.

The living room is large and thanks to the cupola treatment echoed from the porch, has a bumped-out window seat, just waiting for some comfy pillows and interesting books.

“This house has amazing original details,” said Schaff, “such as stunning leaded glass, incredible curved glass windows, wonderful marble kitchen and baths, along with beautiful mill work.”

It has the original windows and the high ceilings of most Uptown homes and polished floors throughout.

“David was amazed and surprised when he picked up the linoleum that had been on the floors for years, and found absolutely gorgeous parquet floors,” commented Schaff. “He did an amazing job restoring them.”

The all-white kitchen has an island topped by a marble counter top plus it has marble floors. It also boasts a stainless steel refrigerator, stove and oven. The bonus here is that there’s room for a charming table and chairs overlooking the garden.

There are four bedrooms and three baths upstairs, and the stairway is flooded with light, making it oh! so welcoming.

“The bonus with this house is that it’s in B flood zone, so it’s never flooded,” said Schaff, who is an associate broker as well as a Certified Residential Specialist with over 16 years of experience. “It’s ready to move in, just bring your tooth brush.”

The Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown was formerly a separate town incorporated in 1833, and was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, but it has long retained some elements of its distinct identity. The main street is broad Carrollton Avenue, lined with live oaks, with the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar running on the neutral ground. The streetcar barn is a block off the avenue on Willow Street and the landmark Camellia Grill diner is near the corner of St. Charles and Carrollton Avenues. The old Neoclassical Carrollton court house building is on Carrollton Avenue near the Mississippi; it has generally been used as a school in recent years.

Somewhat of a buying frenzy has struck in the city’s historic Uptown neighborhood, where this house is located, as people moving here from other parts of the country compete with local buyers. The fever is being fueled by the fact that the number of houses on the Uptown market hit a seven-year low, reminiscent of the months after Hurricane Katrina, when areas least touched by flooding were sought-after.

Bidding wars are the new normal as desirable houses sometimes go off the market within days or hours and statistics show that sales in the Carrollton area – that “sliver by the river,” are getting an average of 95 percent to 98 percent of the list price.

“The Carrollton neighborhood has really changed over the last several years,” commented Schaff. “With the Oak Street revitalization and amazing new restaurants and shopping, all within walking distance, Carrollton is becoming a destination and you get so much more for your money there.”

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com or 504-947-6575