New Luxury Condo – City Life

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New Luxury Condo and City Life

Mainstream millennials are attracted to a city to settle down in that represents the principles they believe in while offering an abundance of fun to unwind during down times.  They have been relocating to the city of New Orleans in droves after all the media coverage of resilient rebuilding of our community after Hurricane Katrina.  Their very busy lives leave no time for house upkeep so they require the latest trending technology available within these condo units or lofts to keep life simple.  Condo owners provide many extra amenities such as private balconies, pools, courtyards, common areas, exercise room, 24-hour security, covered off street parking, etc.  Many units feature extremely high ceilings, unique floor plans and large windows allowing natural light that are also very important selling points for properties of this type.  

Creative upcycling by the modernization of converting old large factories or warehouses into ultra-modern condominium units for sale has taken place recently in the Warehouse District, the French Quarter and The Central Business District.  These are great property investments with massive residual income.  Property prices are much higher for condos with great views of the Mississippi River, local parks, parade routes, etc.

The Warehouse District

Some of the Warehouse District condo units or lofts contain a large industrial interior living space with high ceilings, granite counter tops, wood floors, street views, elevators, faux fireplace electric heaters, drop down ceiling fans and high end stainless steel appliances.  Popular building amenities include a large fitness room, hidden garden court yards with water fountains, off street parking, rooftop dog park, rooftop pool and hot tub.  Walking and cycling are important modes of green transportation which is welcome in this area.  

The French Quarter

Condos in the French Quarter offer different building styles, interiors and amenities than an industrial building.  More of the old-world Mediterranean style of exposed bricks, real wood fireplace, wrought iron balconies, rich wood cabinets, shuttered windows, 9 to 14 ft. ceilings, drop down ceiling fans, upgraded bathrooms, unique floor plans, security systems, etc.

Diverse NOLA Communities

The dynamic diversity of both commercial and residential coexisting in a small neighborhood give the area vibrancy and livability with an eclectic ambiance.  More of a family touring atmosphere during the day and a highly adult partying atmosphere at night.  Smaller streets and sidewalks entice browsers into the variety of items, products and services offered in the side by side stores.  The Vieux Carre’ is the closest you can get to Paris with crossing the ocean.  It provokes an atmosphere of romance, having fun and making lasting memories.   

The CBD of New Orleans

In the Central Business District has many condos or lofts converting existing high rise bank and other commercial buildings into mixed-use buildings.  Using the high traffic street front units for retail or commercial use while taking the quieter, tucked away units for residential retreats.  These units are thoroughly updated throughout, but with added authentic materials such as thick masonry walls, heart of pine columns with exposed timber joists over wide plank floorboards.  Higher units have incredible views of the city and are more expensive.

Unique Homesteads

luxury-condosOne of the more popular conversions was the Blue Plate Fine Foods Factory which was still in operation in the 40’s then moved to Tennessee.  It’s still considered a local condiment and preferred brand by many locals here.  The building is now named Blue Plate Artist Lofts and contains 72 units of 1 to 2 bedrooms with a special preference to artists.  Amenities include a fenced, secure parking lot, elevators, rounded glass block entry, iconic rooftop sign, solar panels, fitness center, rooftop deck, gallery space, dog wash station, music rehearsal room, pet friendly, business center, controlled building access, covered bicycle racks and veterinary house call services.

Another iconic New Orleans factory building transformation is the American Can Company which made cans, containers and packages from tin.  Abandoned after a massive fire leaving just the frame, purchased by someone with the vision to convert the property into a large complex of luxury living condos and lofts. Condos are available in one or two bedroom styles.  

Amenities include stunning landscaped courtyards, covered grill area, picnic area, fitness center, onsite gated parking, intercom access control and elevators.

Both buildings were functioning as different commercial entities and etched into the childhood memories of the older locals.  The history behind the buildings converted is just another added attraction to this new generation of condo dwellers.  Condo living requires less maintenance, more time saving techniques, the latest technology appliances, easy access to life’s necessities, and too many benefits to count.  Conveniently accessible to Downtown, Uptown, the French Quarter, CBD, the Cruise line, fine dining, Saenger Theatre, museums, parks, Audubon zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, iMax 3-D Theatre, multiple street car lines, musicals, contemporary arts, and different galleries.  There’s always something social to do in this area of New Orleans no matter what your preference may be music, food, arts, theatre, sports, shopping, museums or parks.  

 

Modern Renovations Of Old Luxury

Vintage homes in NOLA

Modern Renovations Of Old Luxury In New Orleans

There are constant renovations going on in this area to improve the experience of the ‘Cajun Culture’ of New Orleans for visitors and residents.  It’s amazing how these changes have intertwined the distinct old Southern charm with the magical Mediterranean architecture found in the older buildings.  When visitors have seen the other local attractions, they’re ready to shop at the eccentric and antique shops Uptown.  Shopping malls are common and can be found all over this country, but the small businesses set up around St. Charles Avenue are totally unique to the area.  The New Orleans luxury homes for sale in this area remains in high demand with its Century old mansions, Acadian homes, Greek revival homes, raised frame shotgun homes, camelback type homes, Victorian style homes and beautiful luxury homes.  Ultra-modern amenities have been added to the antique brick, limestone accents, exposed heart pine beams, cypress mill-work, wood floors and 12 ft. ceilings found in most older homes.  Then there’s the new, plush extremely modern condos with a hint of New Orleans flair added that usually have fantastic views of the city, the Mississippi River and its surroundings.  

Historic Luxury in NOLA

The nationally known historic district of Broadmoor houses native daughters and sons like Senator Mary Landrieu and music producer Dave Bartholomew.  Bywater is located where the Mighty Mississippi takes a curve.  There you will view a warm community filled with Creole cottages and raised framed shotgun homes.  Esplanade Ridge is known for its double-galleried houses and charming cottages. The Garden District is elegant with Live Oak tree lined streets dripping with live moss, historic homes and street car access.  Gentilly is centrally located with 19th-century shotgun type houses to 20th-century bungalows and 20th-midcentury ranch style houses.  Algiers Point offers a pedestrian/vehicle ferry along with a panoramic view of the CBD.  This is a true community of Creole cottages and brightly painted double shotgun style houses. Lakeview borders the Jefferson Parish line and is a more suburban community of upper class luxury homes.  After taking a hard hit by Hurricane Katrina this neighborhood has bounced back quickly using top quality interior choices.  Our luxury Lakefront community varies from high rise condo living to subdivision ranch style homes with large back and front yards.  The Faubourg Marigny is a little hidden gem neighborhood filled with the trendiest restaurants, Jazz clubs with big name acts, neighborhood galleries and antique stores.  Georgian, Creole and Greek Revival style housing to form a diversification of architecture on the street.  

New Orleans Neighborhoods

As many individual neighborhoods as cultures in New Orleans each with their own specific characteristics.  The nationally known historic district of Broadmoor houses native daughters and sons like Senator Mary Landrieu and music producer Dave Bartholomew.  Bywater is located where the Mighty Mississippi takes a curve.  There you will view a warm community filled with Creole cottages and raised framed shotgun homes.  Esplanade Ridge is known for mandeville-homeits double-galleried houses and charming cottages. The Garden District is elegant with Live Oak tree lined streets dripping with live moss, historic homes and street car access. Mid-City formed on the backslope of the Mississippi river’s natural levee that has naturally declined as the river receded into a plain.  Residents brag about original architectural features such as gas jets, cypress cabinets and wide-plank wood flooring on their property.  Gentilly is centrally located with 19th-century shotgun type houses to 20th-century bungalows and 20th-midcentury ranch style houses.  Algiers Point offers a pedestrian/vehicle ferry along with a panoramic view of the CBD.  This is a true community of Creole cottages and brightly painted double shotgun style houses. Lakeview borders the Jefferson Parish line and is a more suburban community of upper class luxury homes.  After taking a hard hit by Hurricane Katrina this neighborhood has bounced back quickly using top quality interior choices.  Our Lakefront community varies from high rise condo living to subdivision ranch style homes with large back and front yards.  The Faubourg Marigny is a little hidden gem neighborhood filled with the trendiest restaurants, Jazz clubs with big name acts, neighborhood galleries and antique stores.  Georgian, Creole and Greek Revival style housing to form a diversification of architecture on the street.  Arts and Crafts architecture depicting medieval style is sprinkled in this melting pot of housing styles.  

NOLA Charm

New Orleans, one of the oldest cities in the United States, is rich in culture with distinctive major attractions.  Truman Capote described New Orleans as “the most secretive of all secret cities, the most unlikely, when in reality, it’s what an outsider is permitted to observe.”   Take a ride down the river on the Steamboat Natchez paddle wheeler with the Calliope Concert or on one of the many streetcars in the area.  Close by there are several Live Oak parks, the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, the iMax 3-D theatre, Jazz clubs, fishing, hunting, fairs, festivals, sports events and other popular activities.  Homes facing parks remain in high demand because of the great view. New Orleans is a historically significant city that offers a special lifestyle you just can’t find in the suburbs.  The old-world magnetism of the city is mixed with frequent social community events bringing people together and making it a fun place to live.  

 

Luxury Lifestyles of New Orleans

New Orleans Luxury Homs

 

Luxury Lifestyles in New Orleans

It’s truly amazing at how diversified the luxury lifestyles in different sections of New Orleans reflects the diversity of the city and the surrounding area.  Some examples are how Luxury Living varies in the many unique parts of the city.  If you prefer to buy a home French Quarter, with its eclectic night life, you will never be far away from local events, entertainment, and popular attractions.  Most of which can be accessed by walking, biking or taking one of a few different modes of public transportation available.  Convenient to all life’s necessities along with impulse shopping.  Most of the historic architecture includes high ceilings, ceiling fans, double sided fireplaces with unique exposed brick.  Additional features common to this neighborhood are a narrow balcony or hidden garden courtyard possibly with a beautiful fountain.  Many of the buildings have historic masonry and the streets in this area are mostly cobblestone.  Out of town visitors love the pied-a-terre in lieu of staying at one of the many hotels.  Residents experience the walking distance of both Bourbon and Canal Streets.  These mostly densely packed streets offer a diverse shopping journey of unique local items, products and services.  

Elite Homes in New Orleans

french quarterNow if you prefer the ambiance of the elite, then all along historic St. Charles Avenue you can expect to discover street cars filled with riders.  Most of the famous Garden District homes are surrounded by decorative wrought iron fencing and have large private wrought iron railed balconies.  These are great for viewing the many parades that roll down St. Charles Avenue all throughout the year.   It’s common for residents to walk to close by quirky boutiques to purchase one of a kind items.  Many of the small antique shops also carry unique items found nowhere else in the world.  Various ivy covered centuries old landmarks are among the historical mansions.  The Avenue is lined with a natural canopy of Majestic Live Oak trees.  A short proximity to both our local colleges, Loyola and Tulane Universities.

Prestigious Homes in Mid-City New Orleans

Does living on Canal Blvd. in Mid-City New Orleans excite you more than living by the lake?  Rich culture architecture in a more spread out community in lieu of the crowded streets in the French Quarter!  You’ll still be close to shopping, public transportation, local events, cemeteries, downtown and City Park.  Large raised home neighborhood with more of a Southern community vibe where you can find multiple restaurants, retail or churches.  

Waterfront Luxury Living

If living close to the water is more attractive than living in the French Quarter then then you may consider buying a  waterfront luxury homes are for you!  Living close to Lake Pontchartrain makes it easy to attend some or all the multiple annual water events.  This high demand part of the city contains home styles that vary from the cute cottage to eastern Mediterranean style homes both of which are near parks and golf courses.  Take the scenic route along Lakeshore Drive or use the long bike path.  If the lake breeze is kicking up then grab your kite and see how far you can fly that kite!  The Lakefront Airport is outfitted with a rentable private event hall, art décor by local artists, related murals along with a variety of stone walls and cobblestone floors.  Convenient to students, teachers, and workers to UNO. Enjoy the multiple events at the Lakefront Arena. The New Orleans Lakefront was named by Orleans Levee Board in early 1900s particularly for Lakeshore Drive and Lake Vista neighborhoods.  Currently many other neighborhoods have developed along the south shores of Lake Pontchartrain.  Imagine being able to wake to the soothing sound of tranquil water, seagulls and pelicans.  Family friendly bike or jogging/walking path.

Northshore Luxury Living

golf course luxuryJust imagine a spring or fall lake breeze blowing through your screened windows in a luxury antebellum home!  It’s located on the north shore with a sportsman’s dream of easy access to both Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.  There are dozens of various retail shops offering local items, products and services.  Pick from the various restaurants in the area and select your home from a new or existing subdivision.  Whether you need small or large housing space you will find a large assortment of both even gated communities are available.  Family friendly bike or jogging/walking path.  Special local events such as music concerts, festivals, fairs, etc. all year long. A dedicated bird sanctuary attracts local and escaped exotic birds.  Enjoy spacious landscaped surroundings that feature massive Live Oak trees.

Living on the Green in NOLA

Country Club living is popular if it’s done in a natural setting with convenient locations to shopping, fine dining, sports activities and fitness facilities.  There are numerous luxury homes for sale on golf courses in Greater New Orleans.  All those amenities and more are offered at a Golf Course House in Beau Chene.  A premier residential gated community of Acadian style homes.  Experienced pro staff provide access to a golf course with 36 holes and is governed by community elected 11-member board of directors.  Large houses with ample lots located between Lake Pontchartrain and the Tchefuncte River.  This self-managed community operates its own private water and sewerage treatment facility.

Old Covington

An expansive estate in Covington would have a house hidden from the main road.  Southern charm with a large living space in a wooden acreage for privacy.  Easy lake access for all your water sport activities.  Multiple historic homes and buildings accented with ancient large Live Oak trees.