By the mid 1700s, European colonists had built the Gentilly neighborhood into a suburban village outside the city’s heart in the French Quarter. Swamp was drained and earth was piled up to create its elevated lots.
The neighborhood’s motto, “where homes are built on hills,” may have been a bit of an exaggeration, as the Preservation Resource Center explains, but many of Gentilly’s homes still sit on those man-made mounds, practically towering above the kinds of street-level construction that’s predominant throughout the rest of the city.
More common in Gentilly are smaller arts-and-crafts-style bungalows nestled among quiet neighborhood streets with lush lawns, like this bright cottage just south of Gentilly Boulevard and its Gentilly Terrace border.
Listed for $299,900 by Gardner Realtors, the recently renovated three-bedroom, two-story home has an idyllic exterior, from a brick path and tiled porch to a porch swing and a pop of yellow on exterior shutters. A ceiling fan cools off a rear porch and colorful, fenced-in patio area.
Inside, a wide living space with original wood floors meets a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, and two bar seating arrangements: one at the counter and another from a drop-down wood table. Bedroom closets include massive salvaged wood sliding doors, and there’s practical and space-saving drawers and shelving under the staircase, leading up to a playful master bedroom and a spa-like bathroom.
Via: Elizabeth Pearson with Gardner Realtors