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Once a Mortician's Space, Top Dollar Rentals Now On Market

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You may recall the 1840s coffee factory-turned undertaker's office that's being transformed into high-dollar luxury rentals? Well, they've hit the market and Curbed got a sneak peek. The Warehouse District digs, 450 Julia is the proper name, were still a work in progress when we snooped around a few days ago, so we didn't get to check out the unit where Jefferson Davis was embalmed (maybe that's a good thing?). The original heart of pine floors and large terraces are pretty nice, though. And the "reverse duplex" style, with the kitchen and living area on the third floor and bedrooms on the second is an interesting concept. Peche, Donald Link's latest restaurant, and Octavia Art Gallery are on the ground floor of the building, by the way.

These babies cost a pretty penny for the New Orleans rental scene - from $4,250 to $5,775 per month for 1,400 to 2,200-square feet of space. Developer Tony Gelderman is aiming for what he called a "niche market," people who might only be in town for a couple years, or those who want the luxury lifestyle but don't want to buy. It makes sense for the Hollywood South crowd and perhaps BioDistrict workers, too. Or, if you've got the dough then why the hell not?
· Listing: 450 Julia St. [Gardner Realtors]
· Undertaker's Office-Turned-Apartments Asks $6,000/Month [Curbed NOLA]