166 Audubon Blvd. Uptown

This would be a dream house for someone looking for a gorgeous Uptown home on a distinctive street close to the universities as well as Audubon Park. Its curb appeal is palatial with a wide porch, French doors topped by fan windows and an imposing wrought iron entrance door.

“This house is a recently renovated Grand Spanish Colonial on beautiful Audubon Boulevard,” said Harriet Blumenthal, the listing agent with Latter & Blum Inc., Realtors. “It has a gorgeous new kitchen with marble counter tops, a large island, and a breakfast nook.”

The dining room and living room flow into each other, giving a feeling of tremendous space. Half-windows are used in a semi-cupola in the dining room, letting in plenty of light and a scenic view of the outside shrubbery. Both have natural wooden floors and the living room has a fireplace and fans as well.

“There are new marble baths on the main level as well as a fabulous sun room with marble floors,” Blumenthal said, “Plus, there’s lots of natural light, beautiful arched windows and other period details.”

The kitchen has all-white cabinets for a clean look, granite counter tops and enough room for an island as well as a kitchen table and chairs.

The master suite has its own bath, but better than that, it also comes with an additional room that could be used as a study, dressing room or reading room. However, there’s also a separate study included with plenty of bookshelves and room for a couple of desks.

The sun room reminds one of the palace at Versailles, with its gleaming black-and-white mirrored floors, chandelier and French doors topped by fan windows with access to the patio.

“The house also has a renovated basement with a huge great room, a kitchenette with granite counters and three additional bedrooms,” commented Blumenthal. “Its rear yard is large enough for a pool and it has rear access to Cohn Street as well.”

Uptown, where this listing is located, was developed during the 19th century, mostly from land that had been plantations in the Colonial era, but several small settlements grew up at steamboat landings a few miles upstream of New Orleans. People from other parts of the United States settled here in the 19th century, joined by immigrants, notably from Italy, Ireland, and Germany.

This neighborhood was built along the higher ground along an old natural river levee of a wide gradual bend of the Mississippi. The majority of Uptown had very little flooding from Hurricane Katrina. For this reason, the neighborhood is sometimes called “the Sliver by the River” and “Isle of Denial.”

Streets were laid out either roughly paralleling the River’s curve or perpendicular to it, resulting in what has been called a “wheel with spokes” street pattern.

Major roadways echoing the river’s crescent include Tchoupitoulas Street closest to the river. The next major street is Magazine. While Magazine Street has only one lane of traffic in both directions, it is a major commercial district, known for its many locally owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Then there is famous St. Charles Avenue, home to the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line. St. Charles was the city’s “millionaire’s row,” and a good number of the architecturally significant old mansions still stand along its wide boulevard.

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 the developed area.

Near the upper end of Uptown, on and around the land used for the 1884 World’s Fair are the Uptown landmarks Audubon Park, Tulane University, and Loyola University New Orleans.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this house

Address:

166 Audubon Blvd.

Lot size:

60 x 145 feet

Living area:

5,042 square feet

Bedrooms:

Five

Baths:

Four full/two half

Price: $1,399,000

Extras:

Cable television, central vacuum,

pantry, security system, smoke

alarm, Appliances include: cooktop,

dishwasher, disposal, double

oven, refrigerator

Marketing agent:

Harriet S. Blumenthal, GRI, HHS

Latter & Blum Inc., Realtors

Office:

504-866-2785

Mobile:

504-606-5090

Photos by IMOTO