Buying A Piece of History

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crescent City Living LLC Licensed LA RE Commission

One of the things I love about the New Orleans area is the fact that we don't have too many cookie cutter houses.  There are wonderful areas to live that are not part of "subdivisions"...they are neighborhoods in the true sense of the word.  Some of the most beautiful areas to live in are older, established and, in some cases, deemed historic.

To me, any house over 75 years old is a historic home.  Lucky for us, we have a large selection of homes that give us a peek into the history of our city and the surrounding area.  Some of them have been restored to their original grandeur, some have been completely modernized and some are waiting for the right person to come along and give them a facelift.

Relocating to the New Orleans area?  When looking for a home in a historic neighborhood, don't dismiss the potential of converting a double into a single family home.  At the time these homes were originally built, most people didn't live in really large houses and the kitchens were not the center of the home like they tend to be now.  The process of converting a double to a single allows you to increase your living area by rethinking the entire footprint of a home and how the spaces are used.  Kitchens and bathrooms can be relocated to more convenient locations, rooms expanded to accommodate our desire for open floorplans and updated mechanical systems can be installed.

There are some great local places that carry architectural items that can be used during renovation to maintain that old New Orleans look and feel.  Some sources for replacement architectural items include:

What is available in the historic housing market?269 Elmira Avenue

There are currently over 60 historic homes for sale on the West Bank of New Orleans, with the majority of them located in Algiers Point.  Since Algiers Point is the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, it makes sense that they have the largest number of historic homes available for sale.  However, Gretna, Marrero and Westwego also offer a few of these gems for sale as well.  Whether you are looking for a home that is ready to move into, or one that you can put your own personal stamp on, there is a historic home for you.  Call me today and we can get to work finding the perfect one.

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When buying or selling a home on the West Bank of New Orleans or relocating to the West Bank, you deserve local expertise and advice. Lisa Heindel provides full time, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers in Algiers, Algiers Point, Belle Chasse, Gretna, Terrytown, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego and more.

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Rainmaker
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Elaine Hanson
Compass - Topanga, CA
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I would love to come see some of the historic homes in your area.  Such beautiful well-detailed homes deserve a new life.  Salvage company yards and showrooms are so much fun to browse.  I love the thought that what has been taken down can be built up again.  It just takes a bit of vision.
Dec 17, 2007 04:51 AM #1
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Danny Thornton
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Lisa, this is something that I love about New Orleans. I wish more cities would try and maintain the historical housing. To many times have I watched a developer come in and trash these beautiful pieces of history.
Dec 17, 2007 04:53 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Elaine, we do have some of the most beautiful homes in the country.  Even in some of the poorest neighborhoods there are architectural gems to be found since we are such an "old" city.

Danny, we have some very active groups who work on maintaining the historic integrity of housing.  When I visit some cities, every house looks the same.  Not what I would be looking for.

Dec 17, 2007 05:07 AM #3
Rainer
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Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
LISA:  I love reading your Localism posts about New Orleans.  Since I was only there once, and hardly left the French Quarter, I never knew much about the real New Orleans, the non-tourist areas.  This historic homes can be found in parts of my area also.  It's always fascinating to me to look at the ones that were built around 100 years ago.
Dec 17, 2007 05:43 AM #4
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Inna Hardison
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Lisa, i am soooo jealous now. The oldest home where I am is like 1970 or something along those lines... No history, just old, and everyone frowns at anything that older than five years....
I wonder where the ghosts have gone that used to dwell here before this burb was built-
:-)
Dec 17, 2007 06:34 AM #5
Rainmaker
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M A
Boston, MA

Lisa,

It's posts like this that really make me miss Nawlins.  I used to play ultimate frisbee in Audubon Park three days a week.  There were some great houses around there.  I really should try to get back since its been 17 years.

Dec 17, 2007 07:37 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Adam, thank you.  There is so much more to this city than the French Quarter (not that there's anything wrong with the Quarter) that visitors don't get to see.  I love old houses...they have so much character and history behind them - something you can't get with a newly built subdivision.

Inna, I can't imagine living someplace where everything is comparatively new!  We have plenty of housing built in the late 60s and early 70s as well, but those old homes just grab me.

Martin, there are some fabulous houses all around Audubon Park!  And yes, you should definitely come back...visit, shop, stay...

Dec 17, 2007 10:04 AM #7
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John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
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Hey Lisa congratulation for passing the 50,000 mark and keeping me motivated.  I actually have three accepted contracts this week.  At least I ended the year well.  I also think all three will close.
Dec 18, 2007 09:17 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
John, thank you for noticing my milestone!  Great job on the offers...I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that they ALL close.  What a wonderful way to end the year :)
Dec 18, 2007 11:14 AM #9
Rainmaker
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M A
Boston, MA
Not sure about the stay part.... but I gotta get back down there.  I do miss it so.
Dec 19, 2007 05:17 AM #10
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Martin, you come whenever you want.  Us die hards will still be here, LOL.  It is such a unique city, how could you NOT miss it?
Dec 19, 2007 05:32 AM #11
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