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New Streetcar line will spur developement even more in Warehouse District, French Quarter and Marigny
The new streetcar line that will run 2.5 miles down Loyola from the Train Station will run through the Warehouse Distirct, French Quarter, Treme, Marigny, and the Bywater neighborhoods of New Orleans. It is currently under construction and would expect these lines to be ready for the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2013. I think this is a perfect fit for our city. Streetcars just make our city have that sense of history and will provide another tourist attraction as well as transportation for the local community.
How will this effect the real estate values in the areas? It is one of the best developments that can help the real estate market and condos in particular. The Warehouse District is moving this way towards the Super Dome, New Orleans Arena, New Hyatt Hotel, Champions Square and the Benson Mall next to the Champions Square. This will just make it more friendly to leave your car and ride to the French Quarter and points beyond.
The impact on the French Quarter will also be great for Burgundy Street, N. Rampart and Esplanade. It will really give notice to the Marigny as a place to live and enjoy. This is a natural that will pay for it self but also spur development along the route. You can see this along the Canal Route as well. It would have been much further along except Katrina came along in 2005. However now its better than ever. But now Mid City is doing quite well.
The new lines along with some two of the largest projects ever in New Orleans such as the new VA hospitaland LSU Medical Center are going to be a magent for these areas. A certain per centage of people employed along the route will want to live in the area. We already see a shortage of condos and would expect it to grow as these projects come on line. The streetcars will just add to the quality of life that enjoy Urban Living.
This does not count all the spin off business that will employ even more people in the general area. So if you have been thinking of a primary residence or a second home, now may be the time to invest with rates at 3.5% before all these projects come on line. I am convinced enough to start looking myslf as I could see an entirely different look to the areas along the New Orleans Streetcar Lines.
Then they are just fun to ride while leaving the car parked. Project this to be a must for all tourist that come to town. Many have never been to these areas before. Riding the line as the Saitns win the Super Bowl can be remember forever. Geaux Saints….Get an all day pass or just pay the $1.25
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The John Kushner Restoration Pavilion has just opened this past weekend at the World War II Museum on Magazine Street in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. It is a ” big garage” where World War II relics brought back to life through restoration. It allows the public to watch the process. They are currently restoring a PT boat for all to see. Really a great idea and much more than a simple garage.
The other great new is free parking and a Happy Hour with Sliders for $.75 and a Happy Hour. Sit in an air conditioned Stage Door Canteen and enjoy yourself while getting a great deal. I will go back and make it a point to eat several more on on my next trip.
The City just put parking meters in where they can make a few cents and give out more tickets on the nearby street. The Stage Door and Museum countered with free parking with food and drinks. The locals and tourist in New Orleans loves this idea. They will get the word out, get more people introduced to the place, and in the long run bring in more bucks. Great marketing Idea for the Museum and the same old thing for the City to soak the traffic. Now which tactic would you favor…..
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I can say with first hand knowledge that with the Saints having several playoff games has greatly increased the interest in buying in the Warehouse District in particular. I have been showing several clients who want second homes where they can come to New Orleans for the games and to enjoy what the City of New Orleans has to offer. They all expressed an interest in living in the area on a part time basis.
Most of the press has been very positive for the City of New Orleans and the fan base that extends along the gulf coast and all of South Louisiana. They enjoy the people and the lifestyle. It is totally different from where they are coming from. I have clients from New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas and other states as well. Maybe everyone does not want to live by the beach in Florida.
Now if the local politicians could begin to court these clients as well with upgrades to the infrastructure. These are great tax paying clients that will take part in the rebuilding of downtown New Orleans. It ends up helping everyone and gives us many more helpers plus the cash. Maybe the next Mayor will see this as a positive and push for the changes that are needed.
All ask “what does the future holds for the city” Maybe the Saints are light a fire under someone to see the light for growth and the new blood that will make the entire area a better place to live. Enough of the editorial !
Let’s enjoy the ride until the game in Miami as we are still playing when we are usually talking about a high first round draft choice. Can you think of all the hours upon hours of Saints talk with Buddy Dilberto and Hap Glaudi about when the Saints go to the Super Bowl.
Its Here ! Geaux Saints !! Win !!!
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September 3rd, 2009 categories: New Orleans Origionals
New Orleans always has a lot of homes, streets, parks, shops, plantlife, lifestyles and the people to take photos of. Take a look and get a feel for New Orleans and what it has to offer. These are just some of my favorites for this year.
This is also a great format to show off listings and the neighborhoods of New Orleans that have a variety of lifestyles. You can also feature all the little features of a listing. Always on the lookout for new ideas to show off what people want to see. Photos of real estate.
Few real estate tidbits this week. Interest rates are at 5% which are as low as they have been since Spring of 2009. The Louisiana State Bond money is out and could work for many new buyers. We are beginning to see some nice prices as sellers are not fooling around this time of year. The $8000 tax credit is good till November 30,2009.
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Little did we know looking at New Orleans today that a mere 180 years ago New Orleans was very famous city. It was a much richer city on the banks of the Mississippi River than it is today. The odd thing is that New Orleans had the largest population of Free blacks in the the nation before becoming a state in 1820. Many of the homes in the Garden District were built in this pre-civil war period.
New Orleans was captured early on in the Civil War and was not burned down like some other Southern Cities. Maybe because General Sherman was the first President of LSU. He was not involved in the capture of New Orleans at that time.
” The population of the city doubled in the 1830s, and by 1840 New Orleans had become the wealthiest and third-most populous city in the nation. It had the largest slave market. Two-thirds of the more than one million slaves brought to the Deep South arrived via the forced migration of the internal slave trade. The money generated by sales of slaves in the Upper South has been estimated at fifteen percent of the value of the staple crop economy.”
” The slaves represented half a billion dollars in property, and an ancillary economy grew up around the trade in slaves – for transportation, housing and clothing, fees, etc., estimated at 13.5 percent of the price per person. All this amounted to tens of billions of dollars during the antebellum period, with New Orleans as a prime beneficiary.” From New Orleans Wikipedia , read the rest of the story.
The great thing about the area is you can spend 1/2 day walking in the area viewing the historic homes and its free. Just do a little homework so you will wander by the correct homes. You can take a streetcar to make the trip even more enjoyable. Guided tours are available for those who do like homework. The Garden District will give you camera a workout. These were just random shots that I took on a Spring like day in Jan. 2009
The area is like a Garden so its good to get the home photos before everything starts growing again.
Garden District Condos- Homes can be expensive in the area- You can however get some great condos in the area where you can get the feel of the area at a much lower cost. The historic condos have been one of the strong points in the New Orleans market. They are hard to duplicate and the nice buys are still rather hard to find. Its an area that is worth checking out if you like the feel.
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December 7th, 2008 categories: New Orleans Origionals
When you deal with real estate you need to know how to get things done with people you can trust to do the job. I use Handy-man on a regular basis when putting units up for sale that need painting, plumbing and general clean up duties done. You must have your condo or piece of real estate in top shape as there is always a lot of competition. You want your unit to shine in comparison to others. I use Sal Cannizaro and have been pleased time and time again. My clients are more than satisfied.
Get the little thing done that you have been putting off. People do take notice and begin to wonder if the owner took care of the place. Make the condo look fresh as you will sell it quicker for more money.
I firmly believe doing the small things will get you a better price in the long run. A lot of times its just doing small things that are broken that need repairing. Painting is always a great return. The things you do vary by neighborhood and how competitive the particular market is.
In dealing with condos the buyers do not want to buy ones that need work. That is one of the reasons the purchaser is looking for a condo. If the purchaser can get a good idea from Sal as to the cost then they can maybe save some money then get Sal to do the times after the purchase. Most of the time you should get more off the price than the fees to upgrade the times you want. This is in essence sweat equity and it does not have to be your sweat.
Sal Cannizaro 504-494-3750 is Handy Man Super Hero, someone I have faith in when it comes to getting the job done large or small with him. The jobs can be small or larger. If they are too large he says so. The estimates are on and he sticks by the numbers. Sal has a full time job and he works nites and weekends. Now that is a hustler. I have really known Sal for over 20 years as we were competitors in the speciality food business and our paths crossed again several years ago. Its to my benefits to have this contact.
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October 31st, 2008 categories: New Orleans Origionals
New Orleans is a city of statues, some in unexpected places, some very well known and others almost forgotten . Here are a few that everyone will know and some that you may never seen. New Orleans has more statues that any city its size in the United States and maybe the world. That will be another blogs. You can maybe guess why that is? You may be dead on !
This one is outside the Louisiana Super Dome remembering the soldiers who fought in Vietnam.
P.T. Beauregard, a Civil War General outside the entrance to New Orleans City Park. Read the rest of this entry »
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Borders Bookstore on St. Charles Ave will open this Fall in the Crescent City. It is located on St. Charles Ave. at the corner of Louisiana Ave on the St. Charles Ave Streetcar line. The bookstore will showcase Louisiana and New Orleans Books, Authors and Music. The bookstore is notable for several reasons. It is built on the site of the Baltman Funeral Home which has been at the location since 1943. The exterior of the building is being preserved as you can see below. The nine million dollar project will be 24,000 sq. ft and will be the first chain store on St. Charles Ave.
The Borders Concept store is within walking distance of many of the condos that I have been selling in the Uptown area over the past couple of years. It will be a destination place for the locals as well a tourist stop on the Streetcar line. Outdoor coffee shop and cafe no doubt. I did a search on the Borders site and they had 2821 New Orleans related Music items and 939 books. Guess its name that tune over hangman!
Will see you at the Grand Opening if you are in the area. Always nice to get an upgrade from a funeral home to a book and music store.
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August 4th, 2008 categories: New Orleans Origionals
I have been seeing these artworks of streetcars around town in various locations and wanted to investigate further after seeing a couple of more today. I knew basically what they were but did not realize how many of them are around town. I wonder if there was a big party or will there be one to conclude the event. New Orleans is always looking for another way to celebrate art and raise money for a good cause. I would like a little one for my desk so maybe some will make some models to sell of the favorites. Just an Idea?
What does this have to do with real estate? It shows you the quality of the people who live in New Orleans and that are trying to make it better. These people are your neighbors and like it here. Check out the Streetcar Art Blog
NEW ORLEANS – November 20, 2007 – The Young Leadership Council (YLC) formally announces the kickoff to A Streetcar Named Inspire, a community art project that will place 200 streetcar?shaped custom creations developed by local artists and sponsored by businesses throughout New Orleans as part of YLC’s ongoing mission to inspire hope throughout the city. Read the rest of this entry »
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July 21st, 2008 categories: New Orleans Origionals
The New Orleans Warehouse District scores well on the Walk Score. Its a neat tool for a couple of smiles and conversations. The New Orleans French Quarter scores even better. These neighborhoods existed well before cars, so things had to be close. You had local markets in neighborhoods and public transport was good because it had to be. Few families owned cars before 1950 in New Orleans. Check out the link above and see what your score neighborhood score is.
One of the nice things about walking is that you get to see the sites. There will be something for everyone to see. I am sure the score did not give you the conditions of the streets or the joys of walking in our humid summers. Walking here you can easily work up a sweat which is not all that bad. In New Orleans you can always dress down, fashion city we are not.
The Warehouse District scored a 92 on the test. The French Quarter a scored 98. There were no bonus point because you can walk and drink at the same time, it just has to be outside of a bottle. Its the go cup which may have had it origin in New Orleans.
The Warehouse District has a lot of small streets and wide sidewalks to make you walks easier. This is a photo of Lafayette Street several blocks from the Super Dome, several blocks to the French Quarter, several blocks to the Mississippi River.
You can actually walk across the Mississippi River for free on the New Orleans Algiers Ferry which is free. It operates from 6 am till Midnite from Canal Street. Best way to ride is not to sit down but walk down to where the cars are. There you get the breeze and the feel of the Mississippi River. You can walk around while the ferry motors across. The views are great and you cannot beat the price. No meter maids will hassle you either.
I did not check out the scores in the Uptown 0f New Orleans but I sure they are high as well. Many people walk for their health in Audubon Park. Take your dog along and it will become habit forming.
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