Housed: A New Orleans Real Estate Bulletin



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New Orleanians are nothing if not opinionated about their preferred restaurants and go-to dishes. And we’re right there with them. But it can be difficult to keep up, between new eateries popping up all over town and the neighborhood haunts we like to frequent on a regular basis. Of course, that’s a good problem to have – because it means there’s always something delicious around the corner.

Here’s our take on a few New Orleans neighborhoods and some spots that stand out – whether new and notable, or an oldie but goodie. Let us know what you think in the comments below!



The Warehouse and Central Business Districts offer countless bars, restaurants, galleries, free concerts, theater

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French Quarter New Orleans

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The French Quarter is the oldest, most historical neighborhood of New Orleans, and is beloved for its French and Spanish architectural influences, charming, colorful buildings featuring wrought-iron balconies, and beautiful hidden courtyards with lush tropical greenery and gurgling fountains. Bordered by Canal Street, North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River, it includes some of the highest ground in the city and is known as one of the oldest residential communities in the United States.

Bourbon Street may famously draw the tourist crowd, but for those lucky residents who call the French Quarter home, there’s so much more to appreciate. In fact, from almost anywhere in the French

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Rêve Realtors Agent & Partner Joey Walker has been working with Mollye and Laurent Demosthenidy for 12 years, helping them buy and sell three different homes during that time. According to Mollye, she and Laurent are “always looking”, so they’re in regular contact with Joey, who they now consider a close friend.

Why They Chose Joey As Their Agent

Mollye summarizes Joey’s skill set this way: “Joey is a fantastic real estate agent, and we knew immediately after meeting him that we wanted to work with him. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about the local market, with a unique understanding of neighborhoods, architecture, and historic preservation. And he just really gets the business side of real estate. That’s why we’re life-long clients!”


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The partners at Rêve Realtors are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced real estate agents in the greater New Orleans area. And since they’ve sold so many homes over the years, they know which tricks and tips will help sell your home now. From tried-and-true tactics to must-have updates and appealing design choices, their advice will help get your property ready for listing in a competitive market and highlight its best features so that you get the highest return on your investment.

First Impressions & A Home’s Exterior

Ryan Wentworth, Rêve Realtors partner says, “The first thing a buyer sees when they look at a listing online, drive by, or visit for a showing - is the curb appeal. Simple, clean landscaping or some fresh color in an

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creole cottage new orleans

The Creole cottage is one of the most charming home design styles found in New Orleans and truly characteristic of the city’s unique architecture. Most often found in the historic French Quarter and Marigny neighborhoods, the Creole cottage style was inspired by French and Spanish colonists and commonly built in the early 1800s.

Often made of plaster or stucco and painted in lively color combinations, Creole cottages typically feature tall, wooden shutters, floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, and hardwood floors. But what distinguishes the facade of a New Orleans Creole cottage versus those in surrounding and rural areas, is the fact that its doors and windows often open onto the sidewalk, rather than a front porch. Even two hundred years ago,

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The second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, situated next to and just downriver from the French Quarter, is the Faubourg Marigny. The first "suburb" of the French Quarter, it was developed by Bernard de Marigny in the early 1800s. (Faubourg is the French word for suburb.) Referred to simply as “The Marigny” by locals, this popular neighborhood has been transformed over the years, from residential to small business and industrial, and back again to residential. It’s got a funky, artsy vibe and is filled with beautifully restored Creole cottages, B&Bs, bars, restaurants, music venues, and historic landmarks like the St. Roch Market.

Bordered by Esplanade Avenue, St. Claude Avenue, Franklin Avenue and the

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Check out some of the best things to do in New Orleans this summer. These are our favorites, and there’s something for everyone!

Essence Festival: July 5 – 7, 2019

Known as "the party with a purpose", Essence Festival is produced by Essence Communications, and celebrates African-American musical talent, culture, food, and fashion. Held every 4th of July weekend in New Orleans since its inception in 1995, the festival now attracts and inspires over a half million attendees annually. 2019 marks its 25th anniversary with three jam-packed days of concert series, celebrity speakers, and empowerment seminars, all showcasing the best talent and biggest names in entertainment. Special highlights this year include a visit and conversation with

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Meet Jennifer Fowler – Reve Agent and Stager Extraordinaire

Jennifer Fowler got into real estate when she and her husband George started renovating homes in 2012. At the time, the New Orleans housing market was very hot, and houses didn’t need to be staged because listings sold so quickly. Eventually, the market slowed, with lots of homes listed in the same price range – the perfect scenario in which staging can give a home a creative edge and a leg up over the competition. How? Staging helps a buyer visualize how each room can be used, and how their own furniture and accessories might fit into the space.

Jennifer started staging her properties because she couldn’t find anyone doing what she envisioned. “I saw a need because there

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, aka ‘Jazz Fest’, is a favorite event for locals and something every tourist should experience. Internationally known for celebrating the music, culture, and cuisine of New Orleans and Louisiana, it takes place annually during the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. Jazz Fest is legendary for its wide appeal and amazing variety of music, featuring the best in jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass and everything in between. And it all takes place on multiple stages and in a variety of tents spread out across the Fair Grounds Race Course, which straddles the delightfully tree-lined Bayou St. John, Mid-City and Gentilly neighborhoods of

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1) Keep your money where it is

Don’t move your money around 6 months before you’re ready to buy a home. Instead, keep it where it is and limit big ticket items. Lenders look at your spending habits when determining what type of loan you’ll get.

2) Get pre-approved for your home loan

There’s a difference between pre-qualified and pre-approved. Make sure you’re pre-approved. That will not only make buying a home a lot easier but will allow you to compete if there are multiple offers on the table.

3) Know your borders

Consider getting a survey done before you buy your home so that you know exactly where your property ends and your neighbor's property begins. This way you can know exactly where to build that amazing wrought iron fence.

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