House of the week: Mansion on Amelia Street

“Sing hey! for the bath at close of day that washes the weary mud away!” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Submerging most of one’s body in a tub filled with water hot enough to to make you sigh audibly is easily one of the best things life has to offer. I know there are plenty of people out there who prefer a shower, but bathing is not just about cleanliness. Taking a long, luxurious bath can relieve both body and mind, making you feel like a woman of means even if you’re a member of the working poor.

Sometimes, when I am browsing though house listings, certain features catch my eye and I can’t get them out of my mind. That was the case with this particular house on Amelia Street. Indeed, this spectacular (and gargantuan), century plus, five bedroom, five and half bathroom house possesses many architectural features I love, from a wrap-around porch and floor-to-ceiling windows to transoms, French doors and a swimming pool; there was one particular image I can’t seem to erase.

Although it’s not overly grandiose like some bathrooms I’ve seen, this one image of a free-standing, modern tub in front of a blue-tiled fireplace literally makes me drool. I can picture myself lounging in that tub with a fire crackling, candles overwhelming the mantle and sudsy bubbles oozing over the side onto the hardwood floor.

I may as well continue fantasizing though, because at $1,600,000, a dream is all it will ever be. I think it’s time to take a bath …

House of the week: Victorian on Congress Street

Because I simply can’t help myself, I was browsing available real estate listings again. Regardless of my apparent lack of income, I still can’t rip the hope from my heart that one day, before I die, I will enjoy a gorgeous, New Orleans home of my own.

This week’s bout of self-flagellation let me to discover a drool-worthy property in Bywater. This 120-year-old Victorian Italianate was once a double, which I certainly wouldn’t have objected to, but has been converted to a single. Luckily, quite a few of the classic details are intact like wainscoting, old fireplace mantles, floor-to-ceiling windows, pocket doors, heart pine hardwood floors and transoms. Not to mention some note-worthy details like a couple clawfoot tubs and a screened-in back porch.

As if all that were not enough, the house is less than three blocks from places like Elizabeth’s, Pizza Delicious, Satsuma Cafe, Oxalis, Markey Park and the new Crescent Park. Wouldn’t you buy this three bedroom, two bath, 1900 square foot dream listed for $389,000? I would …

House of the week: Victorian on N. Dupre Street

I can’t think of a better time to dream, and dream big. Tis the season for me to wish on a star, cross my fingers and toes, and keep throwing spilled salt over my shoulder because who knows? Santa may still want to treat me to something truly fabulous.

So Santa, if you’re still listening, I really, really want this eye-popping stunner located on N. Dupre Street. Over a century old, this unique Victorian will most definitely make me swoon, what with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, transoms, exposed brick fireplaces, French doors, crown moulding, clawfoot tub, and a two bedroom/one bathroom guest house to boot!

This Mid-City beauty is listed at a mere $649,000 … oh please Santa! Pretty please? I know I’ve been a good girl this year!

House of the week: Victorian on St. Charles Avenue

It was within the pages of books that my love affair with New Orleans (and the South in general) took root. Inhaling the scent of ink and bound paper, I would loose myself in stories like Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. But perhaps the most influential author of all would have to be Anne Rice. Her descriptions of New Orleans in Interview with a Vampire, Feast of All Saints and my favorite, The Witching Hour, painted a city that I didn’t believe could exist in the real world, especially not in the U.S.

And then I came to see it for myself.

Although it took moving here to discover all the city has to offer (as a tourist I was stuck on Bourbon Street), it wasn’t long before the depth and soul of New Orleans revealed herself to me in all of her splendor. Rice’s descriptions came to life under my feet and before my eyes, and I thank her for sharing it with me. Everything she so thoroughly painted was actually real and I’m still not convinced her vampires and witches are fictional.

Well, enough of all that emotional blather. My whole point in telling you all this was that it seems that one of Rice’s former abodes just happens to be for sale. Located on St. Charles Avenue on the corner of Amelia Street lies this awe-inspiring, 130-year-old Victorian mansion with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and over 7500 square feet of living space. The house features a large porch and gallery, super-tall ceilings, hardwood floors, vintage stained glass windows, detailed mouldings and woodwork and stunning crystal chandeliers. The expansive, green and growing grounds are enclosed by a classic wrought-iron fence and includes several fountains surrounded by well-kept gardens. The house is smack on the parade route and right across the street from some of the strongest margarita’s in the city. Only $2,650,000 could buy you one of the most luxurious, entertainment-centered abodes in town and who knows what celebrities might swoop in for a visit. Any takers?

House of the week: Majestic Place

This week’s house is totally not my style. I have to admit it’s kind of cute, has a ton of space (2300 sq. ft.), hardwood floors, two stories, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a gorgeous yard with large pines in front. It’s not in the greatest part of Algiers, but the neighborhood does look nice and it’s located on a street called Majestic Place. You’re probably wondering why I would even post about this particular house considering it is nothing like the abodes I commonly drool over. The reason is this…

How is it a house with this much space, size and character can be listed for only a mere $55,000? I wonder what they are not telling us?