Central Business District Real Estate & Info

Central Business District (CBD) AKA Warehouse District

The Central Business District (often called the CBD) is located just outside of the French Quarter, between I-90 and Iberville Street.  Many first time visitors will head straight to the French Quarter and infamous Bourbon Street; but a short walk to the CBD may have you second guessing where to spend your vacation time. Many buyers will also assume the CBD does not have suitable homes.  On the contrary, many builders have realized the overwhelming number of professionals in need of housing near their offices and there are more and more homes for sale now in the Central Business District than ever before.  The CBD features both of New Orleans’ major sports venues, The Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center (originally named New Orleans Arena), 3 Theaters and many historic landmarks.

Sports Central

The Superdome was built in the early ‘70s and almost instantly became the pride and joy of New Orleans.  It has played host to a number of Super Bowls, boxing matches, concerts and so much more.  It is the most widely recognized stadium in the nation and the centerpiece of the New Orleans’ Skyline.  The Arena was completed in 1999, and in 2013 the city was delighted for it to became home to The New Orleans Pelicans.

The name change to the Smoothie King Center followed in 2014.  In 2010, Champion Square was added to the area just outside of the Superdome and many events have taken place in this plaza to accompany activities in both areas.  The Square has become a meeting place for many locals attending games, festivals or marathons in the CBD.  Many sports fanatics consider homes for sale in the CBD essential to guarantee easy access to sporting events, athlete meet and greets and to soak up the sports atmosphere provided by eateries and bars near the arenas.

The Theater

The CBD is also home to most of the city’s theaters.  The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St, was built in 1947 and was originally a movie theater.  It began to struggle with the advent of modern multi-plex theaters, featuring stadium seating and surround sound.  In 2011 it was reopened as a venue for live music, plays and much more.  Canal Street is once again graced by the glowing JOY marquee, inspiring visitors with its eternal message.  The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St, was built in 1927 in the Italian Baroque style and offered a variety of entertainment in the form of silent movies, stage plays and live music.  After being divided mid-century to offer two movie screens, the Saenger was renovated and reopened in 1980 as a world class performing arts center. Once again, performers would grace the Saenger stage and now Saenger features some of the biggest Broadway shows and world renowned musical acts!  The Civic Theater, 510 O’Keefe Ave, has the distinction of being the oldest performance theater in the city, having been built in 1906.  After falling into disuse in the 1990s, the Civic was restored and reopened in 2013.  Today restored historical detail, modern amenities and handcrafted cocktails pamper attendees as they enjoy the show.

Must See

The CBD is filled with beautiful architecture that dates back to the beginnings of New Orleans.  These sites are the subjects of many photographs and are fawned over by tourists and visitors alike. Two sites that are a must to visit are Gallier Hall at 545 St. Charles Avenue and St. Patrick’s Church at 724 Camp Street.  The blend of bustling businesses and sophisticated attractions and architecture provide a neighborhood experience like no other for the lucky folks searching for homes for sale in the Central Business District.

Homes for Sale in the Central Business District

The CBD may be considered the business center of New Orleans, but its historic buildings and ample entertainment options prove there is much more to the CBD than skyscrapers.

For more information on homes for sale in the Central Business District (CBD) or the surrounding communities call The Clouse Team 504-444-6400


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