Down By The Bayou: New Orleans Homes That Delve In Luxury

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In an essay written by Marilyn Abildskov entitled One Blue Note, the essayist tells how she once heard a trumpeter say that he could tell a whole story in a single note, and then that jazz musician segued into playing one long note. The author began to cry. “The note was a story, as promised, and like all stories, it held me,” said Abildskov “starting off as most stories do, ordinary enough, then veering off into something inexplicably . . . beautiful.”

And that describes the Big Easy, no? It’s a city with that one note effect. A single city with a rhythm, style and attitude all its own, casting an allure that draws people in with its one long captivating legacy. Culturally, New Orleans is an eclectic fusion of African-American, Spanish and French influences, and so is its real estate. Its first-rate distinctive architecture and neighborhoods make New Orleans like no other city.

Similar to New Orleans itself and its world-renowned jazz scene, a house in the Crescent City tends to also create a one note effect: transcending the mundane and telling a story of its own; creating a vibe that rivets its neighborhood. As you’ll see, each of the following homes tells a story unique unto itself, as only a New Orleans home can do. You may be spellbound by a grand old New Orleans home filled with history and ornate architectural details, or perhaps you prefer some non-New Orleans penthouse apartment with really sweet views. Both renditions undoubtedly add to the timeless enchantment that New Orleans offers.

The Private Peninsula

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And the cheese stands alone. As a 12,454-square-foot colonial estate situated on a sliver of New Orleans and surrounding metropolitan areas that when taken together comprise a 7-acre peninsula.

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The full bar, outdoor kitchen, and saltwater pool lend themselves beautifully for entertaining, as do the ample number of rooms that make for a legendary New Orleans Jazz party.

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Free-standing spiral staircases frame the entry, as an elaborate chandelier hangs from a hand-painted dome ceiling.

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From the crown moldings to the mosaic-tiled floor, there’s no corner in this home that isn’t soaked in opulence.


The Standard

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The Standard is the newest address on Julia Street’s Gallery Row. This stunning penthouse is a half floor with grand private terrace overlooking the skyline of New Orleans. Amenities include a saltwater pool with cabanas, pool house, fitness center, library lounge, outdoor kitchens and dog run.

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The residence blends unmatched luxury with contemporary style. Soaring ceilings and expansive windows offer the most cinematic views.
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Custom walnut cabinetry, high-end appliances and white oak and natural stone flooring complement the home.
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This contemporary penthouse sleeps amongst a city of historic gems.


The Leland House

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This home remains unmatched in the Crescent City. The outdoor area includes a multi-level deck and saltwater pool with waterfall edge.

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This mansion boasts 5,725 square feet. And the open living area is clean-lined and clad in soft hues of white, gray and powder blue.

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This en-suite bedroom is one of four bedrooms.
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The home has a party-friendly layout that also includes an entertainment area with a cinema, billiard room and wet bar.

The  Greek Revival Townhouse

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This two-story Greek Revival townhouse is an historic and architectural treasure. Built in 1849, the home has been the site of countless celebrations over the years. The brick exterior is flanked with fluted Ionic and Corinthian columns that symbolize that iconic New Orleans style.

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Almost every inch of the four-bedroom, six-bathroom property reveals exquisite attention to detail, from the marquetry patterns in the double parlor to the 18th-century Italian grisaille paneling in the study.
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Arched, Parisian-style windows provide ample natural light and heighten those Old-World vibes.

There’s also a guest apartment with interior and exterior entrances that includes a kitchenette, bathroom, fireplace and bedroom.

New Orleans remains known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant music scene, spicy cuisine and, last but not least, its real estate. Family antiques, neighborhood heirlooms and city pride are touted in all corners of the Big Easy. For the non-conformist, New Orleans is like no other place in the world, propelled by unconventional thinkers, creative spirits and mavericks. Just like its real estate.

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