“Raised basement” might sound like an oxymoron to outsiders, but to New Orleanians, it’s a practical way to incorporate all the advantages of subterranean living in a below-sea-level city with a high water table. Just like their peers, these “basements” offer flexible, casual space that’s often used for storage, game rooms, or separate apartments.
What differentiates a raised basement from a regular first floor? As we see in this circa-1920s example on the market in Fontainebleau, the lower floor is enclosed by stucco, and the grand entrance staircase leads directly to the upper floor. The raised basement includes three bedrooms, a bathroom, a family room, and a large storage area.
On the main living floor, find a sunny breakfast room, kitchen, an open living area that overlooks the front porch, and a colorful stairwell that leads to the attic, which holds two more bedrooms and a bathroom. Original wood floors, brick mantels, and tile work are present throughout the 3,000-square-foot home, which has five bedrooms and three bathrooms total.
The home sits on a landscaped lot on a family-friendly stretch of Belfast Street. It’s asking $575,000.
Via: Gary Lazarus of RE/MAX N.O.