Licensed Louisiana Realtor
504-231-2004
7th Apr 2018 | by: admin

Our sellers for 632 Deslonde St. wrote this heartfelt description of their home that they genuinely love. Parting with something you truly love is always hard, especially when you have invested so much time, effort, and attention to all of the details.

Please take a moment to read the love letter below.

Give me a call at (504) 231-2004 to tour this true paradise.

Click the following link to view the Listing:
https://nom.mlsmatrix.com/DE.asp?ID=1768038617

 

The Property

Hoping to stand apart, many real estate listings inaccurately lead with “one of a kind” or “unique.” This property actually exhibits this quality. We have continued the work of the previous owners, who lived here for over 30 years, in creating a private, holistic, and magical place you neither want nor need to leave. In a small pocket of the small pocket that is Holy Cross West, our half-block at the end of Deslonde Street dead-ends at the levee. This block is a particularly quiet cul-de-sac. On and around the property we have planted fruit trees that provide us with farm goods and good food, including a fig tree that grew over one hundred pounds of fruit last year (and from which we made our fig jam wedding favors!). Our 3700 square foot garden provides us and our customers with vegetables and flowers, and the yard is more than enough space for us and our dogs to play. A live oak and southern magnolia stretch over the yard. A brick patio, large enough to be a dance floor and cozy enough for a nap is shaded by Crepe Myrtles in the Summer. Our front porch overlooks blueberry and bougainvillea hedges. On the side, this corner lot is bordered by a grove of bananas and cypress trees for privacy.

The Neighborhood

Holy Cross is the best kept secret in New Orleans. As a New Orleans native who grew up uptown and who progressively moved downtown, I feel honored to be in on the secret. Given the classic architecture, Caribbean pastels and demographic makeup, its sister communities are Bywater and the Marigny, with a similar mixture of artists, teachers, musicians, small business owners, and others who simply love what these neighborhoods offer. What distinguishes Holy Cross is the peaceful country living that is difficult to find in any city, anywhere. The sprawling one-mile levee on the river and Industrial Canal is where we go twice a day to let our dogs run as we walk in often total seclusion, watching the riverboats pass, mesmerized by the skyline, behind which the sun sets each day. From our backyard, rush hour sounds like wind in the cypress trees and gulls on the river. The community is tight knit – we find ourselves going to a neighborhood get-together nearly every weekend – but with the universal understanding that the greatest quality of this neighborhood is the peacefulness and the high quality of life that affords. With CVS and Canseco’s and Robért markets now open close to Holy Cross, grocery stores and conveniences are not far away.

The Home

This home and the steamboat houses are the most special in the lower ninth ward. This classic double shotgun was built in 1917, with the typical features of pre-war homes – solid craftsmanship, attention to detail, and quality materials including old cypress. Polished hardwood floors and thirteen-plus-foot ceilings are throughout the first floor. There is an open floor plan on the kitchen/living/dining side. A pocket door separates the other half, allowing privacy (and separate guest quarters) without disrupting the flow or the morning light that shines in from the patio. In line with everything else about this property, there is ample space. The kitchen is spacious (and equipped with two convection ovens and a gourmet cooktop for even the most ambitious chef), closets and cupboards abound, and a dedicated laundry room allows you to avoid clutter. The second floor is the master suite that includes his/her walk-in closets, a skylight, and sunset river views through a western window. A dedicated upstairs HVAC unit makes comfort a priority.

While we love our neighbors – many of whom are farm customers – there are none who live directly adjacent. The patio, backyard, and rain garden provide the seclusion we always wanted but could never find while still in a city.

The Guest Cottage

We renovated this 1930 artist studio into an AirBnB/guest quarters that has earned us over twenty thousand dollars two years in a row. This year we are on pace for over thirty thousand, thanks to an increase in demand. With four hundred square feet of bamboo flooring and high ceilings, this stand-alone structure includes everything one would need: full kitchen, bath, laundry, bar table, bedroom, and living area. Behind the cottage is a cedar screened-in 300 square foot porch where we watch sunsets on the levee. The porch is wired with lights for nighttime hangouts and fans to keep us cool. Double barn doors allow easy entry and exit, as well as a rustic feel.

Outbuildings

The barn on the south side of the house could easily be converted to a two-car garage, a workshop for all the projects the property inspires you to begin, or could remain as storage for all your tools and toys. It is wired with electric with all the plug-ins you would need. Roughly four hundred square feet.

A chicken coop stands on the north side of the screened-in porch. It is a sturdy, well-built structure that in under an hour could be converted into a tool shed if chickens are not in your plans.

Fencing surrounds the entire property, with solid wood facing street-side to ensure privacy.

Us

We are teachers who left the profession for a simpler, more peaceful life. Without this property, we could not have gotten our start. For the last three years we have sold vegetables and eggs from the urban farm we started here, and hosted AirBnB guests out of the house and guest cottage. We made this wonderful house and farm our homestead, and invested our hearts, souls and sweat into everything we have done here. Like the owners before us, we got married in the backyard, underneath the live oak tree. We will soon leave New Orleans in order to settle on a bigger farm in Northern Michigan.

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