Built in 1840 by Bernard McCarty, a free person of color, this Treme cottage was meticulously renovated by preservation architect Rick Fifield in 2004. On-trend touches (salvaged wood accent walls, a baby-blue Chambers stove) bring its 19th-century bones into the modern era.
As a result, the 2,913-square-foot cottage feels like it exists simultaneously in the past and present, much like New Orleans itself.
Its sturdy brick-between-post construction method is a hallmark of French Colonial architecture, but the layout is decidedly unusual for the period.
“Most Creole cottages were two rooms deep, so four rooms square, but 1018-20 N. Robertson is a full three rooms deep,” the seller said in an emailed statement.
This cottage’s proportions resemble those of a shotgun double, and it does feature an owner’s unit on one side and a smaller one-bedroom, one bathroom rental unit on the other. It could easily be converted into a single-family home.
The living, dining, and kitchen area sit on the lower level, and a dramatically curving staircase with a multi-planed, hand-chamfered Newell post spans the kitchen’s exposed brick wall. On the second floor, find an office, walk-in closet, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms—one of which includes a refinished clawfoot tub that was present in the home at the time of purchase.
The rear loggia was added in 2004 and overlooks a verdant backyard populated by a mature grapefruit tree, a Meyer lemon tree, and a blood orange tree.
The asking price is $775,000.
Via: Lisa Fury of Urban Vision Properties