Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount in various New Orleans neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s Shangri-la? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $1,250.
Renovated to the studs, this bright, modern cottage unit sits in the upper 9th Ward, north of St. Claude Avenue in the area some have dubbed “new Bywater.” That designation is debatable, but the home’s amenities are not. A deep front porch spans the width of the colorful home, which features new kitchen appliances, wooden floors, and graphic tiling in the bathroom’s enclosure shower. The 650-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment asks $1,200/month and includes off-street parking for two cars.
This Treme apartment complex, Bienville Basin, is one of the better-kept secrets when it comes to affordable living in close proximity to the French Quarter. It’s a five-minute walk from Rampart Street, the Quarter’s northernmost boundary, and it’s just a few blocks from the Lafitte Greenway. Plus, the pet-friendly complex features perks like a fitness center, community garden, 10-12 foot ceilings, wooden floors, free parking, and stainless-steel appliances. This 691-square-foot one-bedroom asks $1,250/month.
With its exposed brick fireplaces, tile floors, and window AC units, this three-bedroom shotgun in Mid-City is the quintessential New Orleans rental. Like another NOLA staple, the Lucky Dog, this unit is particularly long. It features a living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, another bathroom, a living room, a bedroom, one more bedroom, and a utility room in a linear configuration. Theoretically, two roommates could live on opposite ends of the house and rarely see each other. The pet-friendly three-bedroom home asks $1,200/month.
French Quarter apartments are often long on charm and short on space. But at a relatively expansive 700 square feet, with a balcony and courtyard access, this third-floor one bedroom offers plenty of indoor and outdoor living area. It also has wooden floors and a full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances tucked behind French doors. And once again—check out that courtyard! The asking price is $1,350/month. Sadly, no pets are allowed.
At the risk of redundancy, here’s another Mid-City shotgun—but can you blame us for loving a classic Mid-City shotgun, especially one with arched doorways, wooden floors, mantels, transoms, and tons of natural light? This one’s landlord says pets are a “maybe,” and there’s a fenced courtyard that a furry friend might theoretically enjoy. The 750-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom shotgun asks $1,150.
Which apartment would you choose?
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Upper 9th Ward cottage
Bienville Basin one-bedroom
Super-long Mid-City shotgun
French Quarter one-bedroom
The other Mid-City shotgun!