All Blog Entries by Julie Koppman

Found 16 blog entries published by Julie Koppman.

Looking to make a smart move in 2020? Then consider buying a home that generates revenue. After all, living in your dream home is so much more attractive and affordable when you can pay down your mortgage with monthly rental income. Whether you prefer to have long-term tenants or offer short-term rentals, being a successful homeowner by taking advantage of rental income is empowering. Owning a home that serves as your primary residence while generating revenue can also provide retirement income once your mortgage is paid off.

Even if you’re not looking for a new home for yourself, investing in a duplex, double, or multi-unit listing and renting those units long-term is a proven strategy for increasing your annual income, and one many savvy property

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Reve Realtors Supports Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

This holiday season, we’re giving thanks for our success and giving back to the community we love by supporting the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana -- a non-profit organization working to combat the land loss that threatens Louisiana communities, culture and economy. With expertise in policy, science, outreach, and on-the-ground restoration, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana brings together a diverse and non-partisan set of interests, connecting with thousands of people each year through partnerships, members, and volunteers who plant marsh grasses and trees across our coast, attend conferences, and educate themselves through the organization’s newsletters.

By donating, we’re supporting their Christmas Tree Recycling Program which

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A desirable part of the city, Uptown New Orleans was developed during the 1800s, mostly from land that had been plantations. Today, when people speak of Uptown, they’re generally referring to the large area bounded by the Mississippi River, S. Claiborne Avenue, Jackson Avenue and Broadway. There, you’ll find a wide variety of older homes and charming architectural styles, including Shotguns, Creole cottages, Greek Revival homes, Victorian homes, and Craftsman bungalows, just to name a few. Uptown also boasts large green spaces such as Audubon Park, where residents walk, bike, run, and play under 250 year old oak trees. And across from the park, Tulane and Loyola universities draw students from around the country. Mansion after mansion lines historic

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If spending quality time with your family and friends includes cooking meals, eating together, playing games, watching movies and hanging out, a home with an open floor plan is a great choice. With this kind of layout, the kitchen opens onto the dining and living areas, encouraging conversation and a more relaxed living style. It’s especially attractive whether you want to keep an eye on the kids while you’re cooking, or like to chat with guests while you’re making cocktails. Check out these featured listings with lovely open layouts, and imagine the laughter and togetherness they’ll inspire.

2623 Peniston St, New Orleans, LA 70115 

 

3200 Chippewa St, New Orleans, LA 70115 

 

1015 Congress St, New Orleans, LA 70117 

 

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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!

 

Warehouse/CBD

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

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