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French Quarter Real Estate, What no front yards?

The New Orleans French Quarter is the oldest residential neighborhood in the City of New Orleans. There are very few front yards. Either no one wanted to cut grass or even thought of having yards at that time. Parking was not an issue as the automobile would not be invented for another 200 years. The stables were in another neighborhood and horses were brought over when needed. Instead of front yards, courtyards, many graced with fountains and greenery, provided outside living space. Privacy was another reason.

French Quarter

Many of the early residents lived in New Orleans during the winters and ran plantations during the spring and summer. The plantations line the Mississippi River in the pre-1850’s. The housing styles came from Europe and of those in other French and Spanish colonies that had similar weather. The idea was mainly to keep cool and an air flow thru the houses. Many of these old homes have been converted into condos and no one wants to cut the grass anyway these days.

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  1. Bobby Carroll

    Nice post! Interesting history about your area. Nice use of photography too. BTW – good job linking to your NewOrleansCondo.net website. Why not do it more often in the other post too(make sure the new site opens in a new window). Just wish the NewOrleansCondos.net site was organized a wee bit better. The page scrolls a little to long for my taste and the information needs some hierarchy. Maybe consider breaking it up into categories (separate pages) so the information is more digestible. I’m not a big fan of the various colors used on the page. Maybe keep the colors simple, complimentary and consistent.

    I like how you keep your blog so up-to-date!

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