In Bywater, $875,000 could buy you a condo or two in the glossy Saxony building...or it could buy you a plaque-adorned local historic landmark. Known as the Blanque-Paturzo-Sessums House, it is one of the oldest buildings in Bywater and stands on land that was once part of the Macarty Plantation, according to MyNewOrleans.com. It was briefly owned by the villainous Madame Lalaurie, who sold the building in 1828 before moving to the French Quarter at Royal and Governor Nicholls streets, where she tortured and killed enslaved people.
The 2,600-square-foot abode sits behind a triad of cypress trees, between Royal and Chartres streets, a five-minute walk to Crescent Park’s entrance. It includes three bathrooms and three bedrooms. The T-shaped building cradles a courtyard, giving the whole assembly a compound-like feel.
Its balcony overlooks a slate-paved, fountain-studded courtyard, and its ground floor French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows provide access to the very Old-World space. A live oak, camellias, sweet olives, and begonias line the walkways.
Inside, the vibe is rustic and patinaed, thanks to hardwood and tile floors, exposed ceiling beams, and fireplaces. The masonry townhome was renovated by contractor Doug Matthews of Concordia and architect Jim Cripps in 2015, according to reporting by nola.com. The kitchen and master bath were totally rehabilitated, and built-in bookshelves were added.
Via: Michael Wilkinson of French Quarter Realty