Furniture designer, sculptor, and all-around artsy dude Mario Villa has been a New Orleans fixture since moving to New Orleans in the late 1970s and pursuing degrees in anthropology and architecture at UNO and Tulane, respectively. Described by the New York Times as "an exuberant fellow who with a few dollars and some gold swags could probably transform a 7-Eleven into a nightclub," Villa's creativity extends deep into his Bayou St. John home, where each room is a busy, artistic paradise filled with marble sculptures, loads of paintings, and some of the most fascinating furniture you will ever see, (shoutout to the chair with two gold hands atop its back) lovingly created by Villa himself. The listing for 1354 Moss St not only allows prospective buyers the hard facts on this 200+ year old cottage but gives you a glimpse of a home not seen since the Faubourg St. John Spring home tour of 1991.
Boasting three bedrooms and two full baths, 1354 Moss St is dizzying for just 1,888 square feet. Its rustic kitchen is equipped with exposed beams, hardwood window frames, and loads of counter top space. The home revels in unique touches, such as the the stone face looking out above one of the bathroom sinks.
Texture-heavy walls give way to two particularly rosy double parlors, whose color the listing describes as "painted with Venetian Red then rubbed into a watery heaven." The only space that might be lacking is the backyard, which looks more akin to an overgrown jungle than a space to entertain or really do much of anything except grab that machete and start pruning. Have a look for yourself below.