It’s difficult to find an area more steeped in history — and more fun at the same time — than the Vieux Carre (or you know, French Quarter) of New Orleans.
Which is why we fairly screamed when we saw this absolute charmer of a home at the edge of the quarter, just a couple blocks from Rampart Street. In other words, close enough to enjoy the Vieux Carre entertainment, but far enough away that you can still describe the home as having a tranquil setting.
This 1897 3-bay Victorian at 915 Dauphine St. boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths in about 3,100 square feet of living space.
Gloriously maintained and obviously loved living space, we might add.
“Pristine renovation blends French Quarter charm with sophisticated design, abundant sunlight, and elegant working fireplaces,” said listing agent Shelley Lawrence of Latter & Blum Inc Realtors – Historic.
And while the home may look diminutive from the street, inside, it’s all spacious, gracious rooms with cathedral ceilings soaring 20 feet tall, and skylights.
The generously sized living area boasts elegant fireplaces and original wood floors.
The downstairs master suite is a veritable ode to relaxation with a sitting area that opens to the courtyard, a double fireplace, and an en-suite that includes a marble bath with a step-down Roman tub. No fighting over closet space, either — the walk-in closet is generous enough for two.
Upstairs, two large bedrooms also share a balcony overlooking the courtyard.
And the outside is just as important as the inside — a screened in porch invites afternoons of Sazeracs and leisure, and a courtyard planned and planted to be a sanctuary or an entertaining space.
A guest cottage set up as a studio apartment (complete with Murphy bed) could be a great space for a permanent caretaker for those thinking this home would make a great pied à terre. It would also make a great income-generating space.
Parking in the Vieux Carre is also a snap since the home has a three-car covered attached garage.
The home is listed for $1.825 million.