Housed: A New Orleans Real Estate Bulletin

Known for its well-preserved historic mansions and beautiful architecture featuring Victorian, Italianate and Classic Greek Revival styles, the Garden District is an early example of a luxury suburb and is roughly bordered by St. Charles Avenue, First Street, Magazine Street and Toledano Street. Originally the Livaudais Plantation, it was sold off in 1832 in smaller parcels of land and developed with a few houses per block. Each home was surrounded by lush grounds and large gardens, and by the 1850s, travel writers dubbed the area the Garden District. As those large lots were subdivided and uptown New Orleans became more urban, the 19th-century mansions were soon surrounded by more modest Victorian houses.

Featuring ornamental wrought iron fences,

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The Best Chef’s Kitchens for Holiday Gatherings

Are you dreaming of a fabulous kitchen – space to move around, gleaming countertops and appliances, great storage, and maybe a generously-sized island? Well, you’re in luck – because there are many listings on the market with chef’s kitchens that truly inspire. After all, the kitchen is the heart of a home, and for anyone who loves to cook and entertain, you want it to have the bells and whistles that’ll help you pull off those special holiday meals – as well as the room to welcome in family and friends. Rêve Realtors Partner Joey Walker knows what he’s talking about when he says, “Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes.” Check out these listings with beautiful kitchens, and you’ll see why.


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The Characteristics & History of Victorian Homes 

From Uptown mansions near Audubon Park and smaller homes in Mid-City to “gingerbread” beauties in Algiers Point, Victorian architectural styles in New Orleans abound. These styles were very popular with builders and their affluent clientele during the 1870s-1900s -- the Victorian era that followed the end of the Civil War in 1865. 

Notable features of Victorian homes include detailed, decorative woodwork and patterned trim, bright colors, and floor plans that include ornate staircases as well as lots of nooks and crannies. Victorian mansions in the Queen Anne style can be quite large with two to three stories, featuring detailed ornamentation, gabled roofs, wrap-around porches, rounded towers,

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Shotgun-House-Architecture-New-OrleansThe Characteristics & History of Shotgun Houses

Often found in the French Quarter, Bywater and Uptown, shotgun houses are ubiquitous across New Orleans and are most recognizable for their narrow width and long, rectangular shape. A single shotgun is usually no more than 12 feet wide, and the layout is such that one room is directly behind the other. Originally built with high ceilings to help cool the house, a lack of hallways also helped with cross-ventilation. Double shotgun houses were built so that two sides shared a center wall, which meant more homes and more families could fit into a neighborhood. Sometimes, a shotgun home would have a partial second floor called a camelback (or “hump”), as an inexpensive way to add more space, since most

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If you love the idea of living steps away from great boutiques, delicious eateries, and nearby coffee spots – you’re not alone. Part of what’s so special about New Orleans is that many residential areas across the city are walkable to a wide variety of retail shopping -- which adds greatly to feel of the neighborhood and increases property values. Whether you prefer Uptown, Mid-City, the Freret St. corridor, the Lower Garden District, the French Quarter, Carrollton or the Warehouse District, check out the featured listings below. They’re all within walking distance of some of our favorite spots!

Steps from Origami, Mint, Crescent City Comics and Dat Dog on Freret St.:

19 Richmond Place, New Orleans, LA 70115

Around the corner from Cavan, Pure

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Photo credit: Amour Nola

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

Photo Credit: Valerie Esparza

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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