The French Quarter
The French Quarter is the oldest and most well-known neighborhood in New Orleans. This reputation has made the demand incredibly great for French Quarter homes. Luckily, this area is large enough to accommodate holiday visitors and longtime residents alike. The Vieux Carré, the original French name for this area which translates to “Old Square”, spans roughly 80 square blocks and meets the Mississippi River at its Southwest corner as it makes one of its final bends before running through marsh land and meeting the Gulf of Mexico. The ever-present barges, riverboats and cruise ships bring to light the importance of this port to not only to the city of New Orleans but to the entire Gulf region.
A majority of the architecture of the French Quarter is of Spanish influence and most were built around the end of the 18th century while the city was under Spanish rule. They are characterized by long galleries, or porches and balconies, overlooking the street and decorated with ornate iron railings. The many windows looking onto the galleries feature brightly colored shutters and often span the length of the façade they adorn. It’s no wonder the entire neighborhood has the designation of National Historic Landmark!
Jackson Square is located just beyond the levee and Decatur Street and is surrounded by such famous buildings as the St. Louis