About Holy Cross
Years from now, new residents will wonder how the Holy Cross New Orleans neighborhood got it's name, since the school that gave rise to the moniker has relocated to Gentilly. But this subsection of the Lower 9th Ward, between St. Claude and the river, will always be remembered by natives as Holy Cross.
Measuring less than 1 square mile, Holy Cross took a hard hit during Hurricane Katrina. This is evidenced by the number of empty lots and homes still in need of rebuilding, even in 2018. But the neighborhood is definitely experiencing a comeback in popularity, as home buyers find the prices more affordable than in the nearby Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods.
Holy Cross Landmarks
The steamboat houses were built by the Doullut family in 1905 and 1913 and can be seen from the river. Both houses were designated as historic landmarks in 1977. Privately owned, they are not open for tours, but you can bike, walk or drive by for a personal look at these New Orleans landmark homes.
Pros of living in Holy Cross
- More affordable home prices
- Great selection of architecture, from ranch style homes to traditional New Orleans cottages and doubles with a few new contemporary designs thrown in for good measure
- Most properties have yards and green space
- Parking is not a problem
- Quick commute to downtown
Cons of living in Holy Cross
- Walkability factor is fairly low, with few neighborhood services off of St. Claude (walk score = 57)
- Some blocks have not been restored, so there's a jack o'lantern effect with renovated homes next to empty lots or blighted properties
- Nearest supermarket is in St. Bernard Parish
Some examples of architecture in Holy Cross