New Orleanians of a certain age may remember that in the 1990s, lower Decatur Street was a very different place. A haven for crust punks, goths, and self-identified vampires, it was anchored by “ain’t dere no more” businesses including Kaldi’s Coffee (now a tour company), body piercing shop Rings of Desire (now apartments), and fetish gear/clubwear emporium Gargoyles—now home to this luxury condo development.
This 1,411-square-foot unit sits on the building’s second floor. A wraparound balcony gives the former corner store its distinctive look, while also affording homeowners views of Governor Nicholls and Decatur streets. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the 150-year-old building.
Its open living area features the rustic-meets-sleek look so prevalent in renovated French Quarter homes. Exposed brick walls juxtapose gleaming geometric pendant lamps, and a skylight punctuates the 12-foot ceilings. Luxe finishes include marble counters, slate floors, and a tiled backsplash. Crown molding and transoms bring the 1870s charm.
The condo also offers homeowners a shared courtyard and the chance to put their own spin on a storied building that has doubtless housed many businesses over the years.
Via: Jennifer Saltaformaggio of Keller Williams Realty