Bisected by an oak-lined neutral ground with a walking path, and enjoying proximity to one of the city’s most unusual cemeteries, St. Roch Avenue is one of the area’s sleeper hits.
This two-bedroom, one-bathroom shotgun home faces the leafy boulevard and has a colorful history. Jazz trumpeter Sharkey Bonano, a fixture at the Famous Door and the Roosevelt Hotel’s Blue Room, is among its former owners. It’s easy to see why the band leader chose this address, given its proximity to the Marigny, Bywater, and French Quarter.
In the 1930s and 1940s, when Bonano was a working musician, he could have taken the St. Claude Avenue streetcar to these music venues. Today, most of the streetcars have been replaced by buses, but the Rampart line was recently re-installed. It now extends to the intersection of St. Claude and Elysian Fields avenues—a 12-minute, half-mile walk from this home.
Inside, the original millwork. wainscoting, clawfoot tub, and wood windows remain in place, updated by modern light fixtures, a salvaged kitchen counter, and walk-in closets. Exposed brick fireplaces, wooden floors, and transoms lend the home an antique feel. The floor plan places two bedrooms at the rear of the house and an open living area at the front. Out back, find a patio and fenced off-street parking.
The 1,305-square-foot home is going for $289,000.
Via: Simon Marthinsen and Lisa Fury of Urban Vision, LLC