Few homes are more quintessentially New Orleans than the shotgun. Like many of the city’s quirks, they put us out of step with nationwide trends but totally in sync with the beat of our own drummers. This classic Uptown shotgun is a prime example. Folks from elsewhere might balk at the layout, which places the master bedroom in the front of the house, facing the street, with an entrance that leads to the porch. But in a hall-less shotgun home, like this one, the configuration has its advantages. The front door can serve as a private entrance, while the home’s side door, which leads to the dining/living area, can be used as a main entrance. This circa-1918 home deserves props for its classic shotgun footprint and stylish upgrades (sliding barn doors and built-in bookshelves among them). The asking price is $370,000.
Built in 1869, this 1,021-square-foot shotgun home in Holy Cross has been beautifully updated. Highlights include exposed brick fireplaces, open shelving and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and a clawfoot tub. Situated at 622 Lizardi Street, it’s just a block and a half from the Mississippi River levee and green space—and it sits on a large, grassy lot. The price tag is $225,000.
Here’s a gorgeous Irish Channel shotgun for $360,000. Walking through the circa-1918 home from front to back, one traverses a living room, dining room, bedroom, second bedroom, and kitchen. The dining room and master bedroom each open to full albeit narrow bathrooms that hug the side of the shotgun. We especially love the home’s corbels and proportions—high ceilings, tall doors, and floor-to-ceiling windows give it a spacious quality that belies its 1,340 square feet.
This circa-1954 shotgun home in Jefferson is a steal at $189,000. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and plenty of cute details, including arched doorways and a Murphy bed. It’s just a few minutes from the Orleans Parish line and Oschner Medical Center. There’s also a paved patio and storage shed out back.
Historically, a shotgun consisted of a double parlor followed by two or three other rooms. In 2018, the era of open floor plans, those double parlors have been dismantled and replaced by a spacious open living and kitchen area, as we see in this 7th Ward renovation. Gutted to the studs, this circa-1948, 840-square-foot shotgun is sleek and stylish throughout, with up-to-date finishes including oak floors, granite counters, and subway tiles. It also has a spacious, string light-hung back yard. The price tag? $269,000.