When most people begin their New Orleans search they have an fairly good idea of what they will like or dislike. For the second home buyer they will generally say give me the historic look first. Buyers looking for a condo as a primary residence may still want the same things but is willing at all options that are availaible.
Outside of the Warehouse District you will find the more historic condos to be smaller associations that were once grand home turned into appartments years ago. Then turned into condos in the last 10-12 years. They will have the high ceilings, wood floors and the historic feel. Most will not have amenties such as a pool and many will not have gated or covered parking. Its about 50/50 with parking. A Lot of these are what I call neighborhood condos as they are in neighborhoods.
Some few will be large units that are quite elegant like the one condo of 5 units that is on St. Charles Avenue. These are like living in a house and of course much more expensive depending upon the updates of the condo itself.
Another common conversion in Uptown is the old 1920’s apartment houses on St. Charles Ave. and nearby main streets. These will mainly be smaller one bedroom condo units over 3 floors at most. Many will have parking beneath or behind the building. They have a great feel but are not going to be large. A great size for weekend place or student who needs a place to live.
The larger 1970’s complex with amenties and services will be larger units that will have parking, gyms, pools, courtyards and such things. They will generally be managed by a local management company. Most will be very secure and in great areas right on the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar line. Most will not have that historic feel but other things to make up for the lack of that feel.
In the end its all about what you will like and enjoy. I have the knowledge of most of the condo associations so can guide you once I hae a good idea about what your criteria is. I am happy to give you the positive and negative of each….