You won’t miss Paris one bit if you’re lucky enough to live in the French Quarter. So said one 19th century writer who was fortunate enough to live here himself.
This condominium, Unit 6 at 1119 Dauphine St., is close to all the action of the French Quarter, but is located in the quieter, more residential district just two blocks from Esplanade Avenue.
“This condo offers the perfect mix of French Quarter charm and convenient condo living,” said owner Kevin Hemenger. “It’s located in a quiet residential block but only steps away from Bourbon Street excitement.”
Visitors enter the 13-unit condo complex through an arched entryway which spills out into a charming shaded courtyard filled with leafy plants and inviting wrought iron furniture.
“This is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee and newspaper,” pointed out the listing agent, Samara Poche, a top producer at French Quarter Realty, “or to meet your neighbors for an after-work drink or to host a party.”
I can attest to that myself. During French Quarter Fest weekend, one of the community’s residents has thrown a Sunday morning brunch in the courtyard for years, to which all residents and their friends are invited (I’m thankful that I’m in the friend’s category).
Just out of the courtyard up a flight of stairs, the condo opens into a light-filled living room. It also opens onto the front balcony with a fresh white wrought iron table and chairs, thoughtfully shaded by two spiffy green umbrellas.
“This is the view to die for,” commented Poche, and indeed, you can imagine yourself right in Paris as you look all the way down the street over rooftops and balconies to Canal Street.
There are laundry facilities in the complex, but this unit conveniently offers a stacked washer/dryer just off its kitchen. The range and oven are in a cute little island and while you’re whipping up a quick quiche, you can look out at another magnificent view of the rooftops of the Quarter.
Up a crisp, white flight of stairs are two large bedrooms. Both have a wall of closets, ceiling fans and high, high windows – which offer plenty of light, but still preserve plenty of privacy.
“But, here’s the surprise of this condo,” smiled Poche, pulling open a small door almost unnoticed in the wall. “This unit has a fire escape.” And sure enough, there’s an iron ladder leading from the second floor right down to the street.
The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city – in fact, in 1718, when New Orleans was established by Bienville and his men – it was the entire city. The Vieux Carre, or Old Square, bounded by the Mississippi River, Canal and Rampart streets and Esplanade Avenue, is truly an old-fashioned community with many long-time residents mixing with those who own the weekend pied a terres. There is a viable neighborhood association, the Vieux Carre Property Owners and Residents Association (VCPORA). The well-established Patio Planters sponsors open houses, courtyard tours and a white elephant sale to finance its annual Caroling in Jackson Square.
There is little need to invest in a car, if you live here. Groceries, delis and drugstores are all within walking distance, as are some of the most famous restaurants in the world. Arnaud’s, Antoine’s and Galatoire’s all make the Quarter their home, as well as hamburger joints and poor boy palaces. Since the French Quarter is a mere eight blocks wide by 13 blocks long, it’s easy to meet your neighbors at the groceries or taverns in the neighborhood.
The condo also has central air and heat, is in excellent condition and the condo association is named Onze Dix Neuf.
“When you live here you can partake of all the French Quarter has to offer then relax in your tropical oasis,” said Hemenger. “With a street balcony and rear courtyard, this location offers just about everything.”
Angela Carll may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-947-6575.
Address: 1119 Dauphine St., Unit 6 in the French Quarter
Total units in Complex: 13
Living area: 1,045 square feet
Baths: One full/one half
Condo fee: $439/month
Extras: Stacked washer/dryer, intercom system, fire escape, $3,000 decorator’s allowance
Marketing agent: Samara Poche
French Quarter Realty