French Quarter Real Estate & Info

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

Jackson Square is located just beyond the levee and Decatur Street and is surrounded by such famous buildings as the St. Louis

Cathedral, the Pontalba Apartments and the Cabildo. The Square features the most widely recognized statute in the French Quarter, that of its namesake, Andrew Jackson.

This is in honor of, then General, Jackson’s role in the successful Battle of New Orleans fought just outside of the city in 1815.  The square has been a haven for the arts since the early 20th century and many artists, performers and fortune tellers gather there to offer their talents and services to passersby.  The square can be rented for weddings and parties and is the site for many events held in The Quarter including French Quarter Fest.  The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest continuously active Catholic Cathedral in the U.S. and an irreplaceable part of the New Orleans skyline.  This iconic structure includes three spires, a clock that was added in the early 19th century and pedestrian plaza.  Unfortunately, there are no homes for sale in the French Quarter inside the city park square; but as buyers venture further away from the Cathedral and square into The Quarter, real estate for purchase becomes more readily available.

The French Market

The French Market is a mix of well established businesses, locally handmade arts & crafts and a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared foods.  This one of a kind open air market is a favorite among visitors and haggling for a deal is common practice. Two days a week the French Market features a farmer’s market and many skilled chefs offer prepared creations for those looking for a quick and delicious bite to eat.  World class cuisine within walking distance is one of the many draws that brings buyers to the doors of the historic homes for sale in the French Quarter.

Bourbon Street

This 13 block stretch of bars, strip clubs, eateries and shops comes to life at night and is known the world over.  Bourbon Street has a reputation as a place adult visitors can go to let their hair down.  Louisiana’s open container law ensures that a good and unrestricted time can be had by all as they roam up and down this famous street enjoying live music and spectacular people-watching.  Many salesmen and servers stand in doorways and entice pedestrians to venture inside with custom cocktails and affordable drink prices.  This street also features some incredible restaurants, worth battling the foot traffic to experience, including Galatoire’s and Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse.  Bourbon Street is at the height of its revelry during Mardi Gras when New Orleans experiences the largest volume of tourists it will host all year.

French Quarter Homes for Sale

The French Quarter offers visitors a peek into an old world that is otherwise unseen in the rest of the country.  This unique glimpse is what often lures buyers to purchase homes in the French Quarter and its colorful residents and exciting nightlife cement their love for this area.  The architecture tells the story of the rich cultural heritage that developed New Orleans; and its residents fierce preservation of these structures exude their appreciation of this rich history.  The French Quarter is a great source of pride for residents of New Orleans who are more than happy to share their beloved city with visitors, thus solidifying their reputation for Southern hospitality!

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