Have given you a thumbs up,wish I could give you 10! Your message brought tears to my eyes and Istill have goosebumps! How can you not love the Big Easy! We live on the Northshore,felt it was best for children,but my dream is still to someday(when family constraints are not an issue) have a really cool condo in a fun,funky area of NO. And 10 thumbs down to Daniel who just doesn't get it!
My husband also retires in April at age 50, and we are heading out West that week.
We were born in NYC, lived in Florida--hell, had a house on the water in Florida which we left for New Orleans. There is no city like New Orleans. It's...there's...wow, how to explain it. We've always been attracted funky, artsy environs like P-Town and Key West and The Village, but NOLA is so far beyond that. There is an intense spirit life here that's deeper than just the romance of the place or its 300 year old balancing act of good humor in the face of fate and the ever constant tragic. There are the oddest occurrences--like our first apt. on Esplanade which turned out to be our friend's girlfriend's ancestral home--uh, the girlfriend was from Buffalo, NY. Always knew her people were Louisiana French, but never explored it. One day, I came home and she was all excited that she had the address of her ancestral home. Where is that, she asked, is it close? I told her, "You are standing in it." Unbelievable. After Katrina, we went to Lakeview and it was all brown and dead, except for the memorial to the Irish immigrants who had died digging the canal. You could see that the flood covered everything, even the stone marker, but the ground just there was as green as summer. That's consecrated ground, you see, The immigrants' bones are all under there, as many as 30,000 souls. They used to just roll them into the very ground they died digging up. And then America says God punished us? The tolerance of this place, even in the slave days, is unheard of anywhere else--we accept everyone down here. We live together. We love one another. Race, orientation, body type--it's nothing. And I've taken my cat out on a leash (long story) and walked his insane little ass all over the GD at 2am. Last night I fell asleep to the scent of my sweet olive and the sound of the boats moaning on the river and the lonely clatter of the trolley 4 blocks away on St. Charles', all hovering in the dark outside my open window. Ever smell sweet olive on a cool, damp night? You could weep over it. That, and night blooming jasmine and then the violet night itself. Oh well. This is a hard place to leave. Be forewarned. [Oh--as for flood insurance, yes you MUST! Even we have it, and this house beat Katrina and beat that '100 year flood', where there was 4 ft. of water on my street! It didn't even make it into the basement! But we've looked at the map, and NOLA is a water-city. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Email me, Joe! firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 504 891-7674, just leave a voice mail. I'm not a realtor, so all y'all realtors relax! LOL! Oh, as to neighborhood--if I were alone, I'd get a Quarter condo. Parking is tough, but these houses are hell to maintain and neighbors are tight downtown. Marigny has some crime issues. Personally, I couldn't stomach life upriver of Louisiana Ave. It becomes a bit prim--For me, anyway. And I love the antiquity of the GD, Lower, Proper, and Upper Garden District. From La. Ave., it's a 40 minute walk to the Quarter. Just enough to work off an oyster plate. My neighborhood eats at Joey K on Mag. or Trolley Stop on St. Charle's. Casual home cooking. During Hurricane Gustave, we had a block Bar B Q. Everyone was great. But I live on a very funky GD block, so...I can't do prim. Joe---you will love living here. I am SO happy for you! Each day I spent in New Orleans, even in the worst of times, has been a blessing.
If we had had children, we would have gone across lake for the same reason you did. I love it there too! I remember when it was real wilderness across lake. It was stunningly beautiful. I haven't been for awhile. Is Vera's still going? God, I remember when there were pelicans!
Condo fees will vary from 150-400. If you are looking at a condo in this area, most liekly you will pay about 300 per month, which typically includes water, exterior maintenance, and exterior insurance.
Again, feel free to email me if you would like to see some condos and their prices , and fees.
I look forward to helping you.
Call, (504)615-2333 or email me and I can give you more info on this and several other really good values.
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877-238-6324 Ext 704
I can surely put you in touch with mortgage people who will be able to supply a loan for this purchase, and i can begin sending you listings in those areas.
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