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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.  


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