June 16, 2013
Uptown New Orleans has always been one of the most desirable neighborhoods of the city, and this listing at 924 Dufossat St. sits right in the middle of Uptown.
This house is a charming three-bay cottage with an inviting front porch surrounded by a white picket fence set off by bright red posts.
“This is a precious house in the most prestigious neighborhood in the city,” said co-listing agent Judy Pinter, with Gardner Realtors. “It’s close to everything you’d want – especially Audubon Park and the universities.”
When you step from the porch into the living room, you’re immediately struck by the nice wooden floors which are old, but have been refinished, and the 12-foot ceilings which are must-have features of so many Uptown homes. The dining room and kitchen have easy-to-clean tile floors and the kitchen is especially inviting with all stainless steel appliances, nicely refinished wooden cabinets and marble counter tops.
A surprise in this house is the master suite: It’s very private, very large and on one side of the house by itself. It has a most luxurious bath filled with a jacuzzi tub, pedestal basin and plenty of tile.
There are also two other bedrooms and two more baths. “One thing I especially like is that the back of the house opens onto a lovely deck,” said Pinter, pointing out the wooden seating, basketball goal and back yard.
The Uptown neighborhood is an area of mixed residential and small commercial properties, with a wealth of 19th-century architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its boundaries are the river to South Claiborne Avenue and Jackson Avenue to Broadway. It was built along the higher ground along an old natural river levee of a wide gradual bend of the Mississippi. 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.
Uptown was part of lands granted to Louisiana Governor Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de Bienville in 1719, then divided into smaller plantations in 1723. It wasn’t until the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition on the present-day site of Audubon Park, however, that the areas away from St. Charles Avenue experienced a building boom.
Major roadways echoing the river’s crescent include Tchoupitoulas Street closest to the river, Magazine Street, known for its many locally owned shops, restaurants, and art galleries and Prytania Street. The famous St. Charles Avenue, home to the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and the city’s “millionaire’s row” in the 19th century, are all also Uptown. Audubon Park plus Tulane and Loyola universities all add to the desirability of this neighborhood.
Like most of the oldest parts of the city developed before 1900 on the city’s higher ground, the majority of Uptown had very little flooding from Hurricane Katrina and is sometimes called “the sliver by the river” or the “isle of denial.” Since it was spared the levee disaster flood, for months early in the post-Katrina recovery, Magazine Street became a commercial hub of New Orleans, with many businesses owned and run by locals reopening before chain stores in other parts of the metro area.
This listing on Dufossat Street is just a half block from Magazine Street with all its shopping and grocery stores and three blocks from Jefferson Avenue which runs right into the Riverside Marketplace on Tchoupitoulas Street and Jefferson Avenue.
Though this former plantation is solidly within urban New Orleans now, the sounds of the river and the railroad and the streetcar still color life Uptown.
“This is the best location in the city, and this house was owned by the same family for 25 years,” commented co-listing agent Kenneth del Corral. “It’s near the universities and Audubon Park – it just doesn’t get any better than this.”
Angela Carll may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-947-6575