Apr 20, 2013 23:52 6121 Laurel St. Uptown New Orleans 6121 Laurel St. Uptown New Orleans Advocate story April 20, 2013 Comments If you’ve always yearned to live in one of those charming Uptown homes, but didn’t feel up to contending with century-old plumbing and wiring, this is just the house for you. This L-shaped Victorian beauty is just two blocks from Audubon Park (you can’t get much more Uptown than that!) and has been renovated into a single-family home with an addition. It contains completely new wiring, new plumbing, a new roof, double-insulated windows and plenty of energy efficient insulation. In addition, it has that most desirable of features in an Uptown home: off-street parking for two cars. “We also included plenty of storage,” said listing agent Todd Tedesco, with Keller Williams Realty New Orleans, whose family has been in the construction business for decades. “We gutted the house to the studs, kept the 12-foot high ceilings, but put in all new ceilings and walls.” The renovation retained the original façade and doors plus the plank siding in front – making the house in keeping with the neighborhood, yet with all the features of a newly renovated dwelling. The converted double opens via a hallway lighted by wall sconces with bedrooms along one side and a powder room and study on the other. It leads you into what is the biggest surprise of the house: a complete custom renovation-addition containing a huge kitchen and great room spilling out onto a large newly constructed deck with a private fenced back yard. The kitchen is a dream for the chefs among us and has everything a cook can imagine: Calcutta gold marble counter tops, mini-subway tile backsplashes, a large deep single sink with a J-shaped spout, glazed cabinets, a walk-in pantry, a wooden stove hood and Bosch stainless steel appliances. A marble island lets the cook visit with the company – or the company can help the cook with the cooking. …And for the non-chefs among us: This kitchen has a built-in spot in its pantry where you can keep your microwave out of sight. The great room is something to swoon over. It has French doors opening to the outdoor deck, 12-inch baseboards and 12-inch crown molding. It’s light-filled without being glaring and seems to beckon guests to stay for tailgate parties and the Saints game. The whole house has chandeliers, ceiling fans, smoke alarms, gleaming hardwood floors and solid eight-foot doors – “so heavy we needed four hinges instead of three to hold them up,” laughed Tedesco. Two of the bedrooms share a jack-and-jill bath and the master suite has everything luxurious you can imagine: a separate frameless glass shower, a Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, plenty of storage in a walk-in custom closet – and marble, marble, marble all over the place. Admittedly, this is a gorgeous home to look at. “But, some of the best features of the house are those you can’t see,” commented Tedesco. “It’s in a B flood zone, so you save on your flood insurance, and it has four point insulation, so you save on your homeowners’ insurance.” The exterior is also constructed of termite proof Hardi-board siding. If you’ve always yearned to live in one of those charming Uptown homes, this renovated L-shaped Victorian beauty, just two blocks from Audubon Park, is a good buy for you. It’s also close to restaurants, such as Clancy’s, and the Tchoupitoulas Marketplace. This is a very walkable neighborhood with plenty of people exercising their dogs and themselves. “We don’t have a lot of houses Uptown on the market right now,” said Tedesco, “and with interest rates at an all-time low, you can now buy a totally renovated house and get more for your money than ever before.” Angela Carll may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-947-6575.