Like Esplanade Avenue itself, this home represents an intermingling of Creole and American aesthetics. The American-style side hall townhome was built in 1885 at 634 Esplanade Avenue in the Second Empire style, which dominated French architecture under Napoleon III’s reign from 1852 to 1870.
Ornamentation on the home’s exterior includes oversized bracketed cornices, intricate cast-iron balcony, and a masonry facade with quoins, among other Second Empire hallmarks. The ornate original details continue inside, where you’ll find restored medallions, crown molding, and arched doorways.
What is perhaps the home’s most exciting feature lies directly beyond the double parlor. It’s a bar—not a petite wet bar tucked in a closet-sized space, but an actual, honest-to-goodness bar complete with four stools, wall-mounted shelving, and a sink.
In addition to boasting the ultimate amenity, the 4,136-square-foot home has five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, plus a guest apartment with a private entrance.
The master bedroom suite opens to a balcony overlooking Esplanade Avenue and its collection of live oaks, while the other bedrooms enjoy access to a balcony overlooking the courtyard.
The bright, airy kitchen and formal dining room are nothing to sneeze at, either.
Ready to party like it’s 1899? This historic mansion will only set you back $2,195,000.
Via: Jeanne Peres for The Francher Perrin Group at Gardner Realtors