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One of Bywater’s oldest buildings, a 190-year-old townhome, asks $875K

It was once part of the Macarty Plantation

Rustic old two story home behind cypress trees, with a low concrete wall

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 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 The kitchen and master bath were totally rehabilitated, and built-in bookshelves were added.

The asking price is $875,000.

Via: Michael Wilkinson of French Quarter Realty

Yellow dining room with a six-person table, exposed ceiling beams, tile floors and an Oriental rug
Folksy kitchen with pots and pans hanging above a breakfast bar, tile backsplash, white cabinets
Colorful bedroom with green walls peeling to exposed brick, ceiling beams and a massive bed with wooden headboard
Sleek bathroom with marble trim, double sink and glass enclosure shower
Traditional New Orleans courtyard with fountain, slate floors and greenery, overlooked by a balcony


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