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819 Cherokee Street Condo, A Neighborhood Style Townhome Condo

817-819 Cherokee Condos

819 Cherokee Street Condo

$365,819, Priced to Sell

    The 819 Cherokee Condo is one of two historic units that are steps from Maple Street and close to the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line.  You are in a neighborhood among homes and other doubles in Uptown New Orleans. It’s a very walkable neighborhood. You can walk to Carrollton Avenue, Tulane University, Audubon Park, Loyola Law School and may other local favorite places.


     The historic features make this unit special. It has no carpet. All the floors are wood and tile. There is four old fireplaces left in tact to give you that historic feel. You have high ceiling down and up.  Crown molding is upstairs and downstairs with floor molding.


     The kitchen has been updated and has gas cooking. There is a huge laundry room and a half-bath off the kitchen. The kitchen is large enough to use it as an eat in kitchen.


     The Condo has two bedrooms up with a full bath up and half bath down.  The condo measures 1416 sq. ft. of living with its own front porch,shared front yard fenced and rear yard. Great place for a dog, cat and visitors. The two large bedrooms up are separated with the full bath. Plenty of closets and lockers.

     The Condo fees are very moderate. The monthly fee is 311.14 per month.  You are in a no flood zone.

819 Cherokee Condo Porch n Yard

819 Cherokee Condos Front Door

819 Cherokee Condo Door and Windows

819 Cherokee Condo Living 1

819 Cherokee Condos Kitchen

819 Cherokee Condos Gas Cooking

819 Cherokee Condo Bedroom 1

819 Cherokee Condos Fireplace 2

819 Cherokee Condos Historic Window

819 Cherokee Condo Private Yard

Condo Budget817-819 Cherokee Condo Budget

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The Commodore Condos at 3300 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Best known for its historic Studio Condos…

3300 St. Charles Avenue 4 Front

3300 St. Charles Ave 4 Front Gate

3300 St. Charles Condo 4 Door

    The Condos at 3300 St. Charles Avenue known as the Commodore Condos and have a high per-centage of studio condos.  There are several one and two bedroom units in the building but most are studios.  most units have parking, wood floors, small separate kitchens, large bathrooms, and decent views.


     The complex is next door to the Fresh Market Grocery near the corner of Louisiana Avenue.  It’s a great location on St. Charles Avenue.  Makes a great place for a small second home and a home for students who do not need a large condo.  Condo fees are reasonable.


    Enjoy the historic courtyard and the park across the street on Toledano Street.  Catch the Streetcar and leave the car at home.  There are  31 units are in three stories with a gated parking area in the rear.


3300 St. Charles 4, Side Entrance.

     This is the side entrance for the condo #4. Just open the gate and the door to the building and this unit is right there. Your living and bedroom are in one room. You have a small kitchen and breakfast area and a large bath by condo standards.


     The units are very energy-efficient and light and bright. This unit is priced at $132,994 with low monthly condo fees of $140 per month which covers water, trash, insurance, up keep of the building and the common areas.  The building is very quiet and is in good shape.

3300 St.. Charles Condo Living 2

3300 St. Charles Condo 2 Living

3300 St. Charles Condo 4 Kitchen

3300 St. Charles Condo Bath

3300 St. Charles 4 Park

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A Neighborhood Condo in Uptown New Orleans, 1027 Leotine Unit A….

     What is a Neighborhood Condo ?

One of my favorite styles of New Orleans Condos is what I call the neighborhood condo.  This is a small condo complex that was once a multifamily rental turned into several condos.  What makes these so special is that they can be found in Upscale neighborhoods in Uptown New Orleans.  You can often find homes worth over a million dollars or more down the street from you neighborhood condo.

These are usually within walking distance of Magazine Street and St. Charles Ave. I love to walk the neighborhoods and show you the variety of homes you can find within a few blocks of my latest listing of mine on Leontine Street. You can walk to shops, restaurants, bars, and the streetcar lines. Just a lot of great things to do.

Usually the neighborhood condos have a lot of historic character. Lots of windows, wood floors, high ceilings, lots of natural light, fireplaces, old doors and just a lot of features that homes had in them 100 years ago. Parking is usually not an issue in the neighborhood as you would find in the French Quarter or Warehouse District.

If you enjoy walking then you would really like to walk the neighborhood as I had last week. I will share with you the variety of homes within several blocks of 1027 Leontine which is between Prytania and Magazine Street. I will share the neighborhood with you and talk about the condo in the next blog. Just some shots of the homes, gardens and the variety of homes in the neighborhood.

For all these reason I think this type of condo will continue to be popular in New Orleans and the various neighborhoods where they can be found…

1027 Leontine Street in the

New Orleans Uptown Neighborhood

1027 Leontine Condo, Front, Uptown New Orleans

The Neighborhood Condo’s Neighborhood

New Orleans Home, Unique Coloring, All White

Uptown New Orleans Homes in a Row...

 Uptown Home with large Yard....

Uptown Street of New Orleans Homes

Porches and Flags in New Orleans Uptown Homes

Uptown Home with red door and Crepe Myrtles

    Always some interesting sights besides the beautiful homes and yards. A few skeletons getting ready for Halloween.  An historic car like this Model A Ford parked in the neighborhood. Where else would you find so many cool things to see and photograph.  All within 15 minute walk of the neighborhood condo…..

Skeletons show up early in 2014, New Orleans Homes

Historic Homes and Cars in New Orleans

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The General Pershing Luxury Condos, 1735 General Pershing, New Orleans, La. 70115

      The General Pershing Luxury Condos in Uptown New Orleans are like new.  I like to call this type of condo a Neighborhood Condo that happens to be in a great neighborhood several blocks from St. Charles and the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar line.  It happens to be near a lot of destinations but is nestled in an upscale neighborhood of historic homes.

      The open design of he units are great for entertaining.  The apartment building dates from the 1920’s and every effort was made to preserve the fixtures and feel of the era while giving you an almost new condo.

      The condo association has four large units with each unit having at least 1500 sq. ft of living area plus a garage and a large storage area in the basement.  Secure entry to the  complex and a courtyard in the rear of the complex with another exit.  Each condo features lots of natural light, recessed lights, ceiling fans, high ceilings, crown molding, wood floors, new kitchens, new baths, freshly painted inside and out.  Its almost like new.  You will have to check oout the finish work and the hardware details.

     The open floor plan and the fact that the units are all on one floor makes them live even larger than the numbers indicate.  Each condo has two bedrooms and two large baths.  The laundry hook ups are in the hall bathroom.

1735 Gen Pershing Condos, Units

1735 General Pershing Condos, Front Door, Uptown New Orleans Condos

     The front entrace of the complex brings you in from General Pershing.  There is also a rear entrance with patio and gate to the storage areas for units.  The garages for each unit are on the side of the building. Each unit has a large storage area in the basement attached to the garage.  Who would pass up storage.  Its easy street parking for your friends and visitors.  You will have them because almost all the Mardi Gras Parades are within tow blocks from your door step.

1735 General Pershing D, Open Kitchen, Gas Cooking, New Orleans Condos

      The gourmet kitchen like thhis is rarely seen in the New Orleans condo market.  The marble counters and custom cabinets  along with the recessed lights make this kitchen a focal point of the large living area.  The gas stove, stainless applainces, work island, large pantry make this a chefs delight.

1735 Gen Pershing Condos D, Kitchen Recessed Lights

1735 Gen Pershing Condos D, Kitchen to Pantry

1735 Gen Pershing D, Living to office, New Orleans Condos

     Each condo is a corner unit that has a lot of wonderful windows that allow a flow of natural light to stream inot the rooms.  It’s like new so it shines in day or night. The front room is surrounded by windows.  This could be used as an office, reading room or small guest bedroom.  Even a better place to view the great neighborhood.

1735 Gen Pershing Condos D, Corner Office

1735 Gen Pershing D, Master Bath, Uptown New Orleans Condos

      The master bath is another focal point of the condo.  It has a shower and a slipper tub.  Its all brand new…The double vanity, lighting, tile work, glass shower enclosure make this a one of a kind master bath that is not seen everyday in the New orleans Market.  Each masterbedroom has a large walk in closet and their is an allowance to finish the closet as one may wish.

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St. Charles Gardens Condos, 3915 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans…Halfway between Audubon Park and The Central Business District

St. Charles Gardens Condos, The St. Charles Line, New Orleans Condos

 St. Charles Gardens Condo, New Listing #312 $269,312 

      The St. Charles Garden Condos is 93 units spread over the 6 floors with all the units having an exterior view with a balcony and very similar floor plans for all the two bedroom and two bath units.  The units have secure gated parking with each having an assigned spot.  This is very valuable.

     The location is in the center of Uptown New Orleans almost in between the Central Business District and Audubon Park.  You have an easy commute to either or just take the streetcar when the days are nice.  This is an ideal location for medical students for LSU Medical or Tulane Medical Schools.  Its an easy commute to Loyola and Tulane undergraduate schools and the law schools of each.  If my kids were still in school this would would be an ideal place to live.  It is also a great location for a second home. 

    The amenties include a tropical courtyard and swimming pool on the ground level.  There is several elevators in the back and front.  All the parking is in a gated assigned spot.  The manager has an office on site.  There is a large laundry on the first floor for those large loads.  Most units have a stack-able washer and dryer unit in the condo.  Each unit has a small balcony with exterior views.  There is a well equipped gym on the 3rd floor.

   The condos were converted from apartments in 2005 and most were redone then to update the kitchens, baths and the isides of the units.  All the two bedrooom units have the same basic floor plan with kitchen at one end of living area and the balcony at the other end. Units get natural light without a lot of direct sun. The concrete construction keeps the noise down and the units well insulated.     

 3915 St. Charles Condos, Pool and Deck, St. Charles Gardens

 3915 St. Charles Ave. Condos, Gated Parking. St. Charles Gardens

3915 St. Charles Ave. Gym and workout room. St. Charles Gardens


Condo Unit for Sale is a 2/2 with assigned parking

      The condo is 950 square feet of living with the total with balcony of about 1000 sq. ft.  The livng area and kitchen have wood floors.  The kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances, the baths have been update.  Master has a shower and the hall bath has a tub. The unit unit goes from the courtyard to the exterior wall so you have a bedroom on each side of the bath.  The Master Bedroom  looking to the outside  with the second bedroom towards the courtyard.

    The condo fees are $400 per month for the two bedroom units.  The fees include water, sewerage, garbage, insurance of the building, Upkeep of the common areas, management fees and maintenance of the common elements.  The condo association has very adequate reserves.  They are paying for new elevators out of the fund so there is no assessment.  This is a sign of an healthy condo association.

3915 St. Charles 312, Breakfast area 

3915 St. Charles 312, Living Room Furnished

    The main points are secure parking, a great location, great amenties and an updated place where you can lock and leave easily.  St. Charles Gardens……Check out your other condo choices on St. Charles Avenue Condos in New Orleans

3915 St. Charles Ave. , St. Charles Garden Condos

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Historic New Orleans Condo, 1520 St. Mary G, The historic Feel in a Great Location

       This condo located in the lower Garden District is a great example of an historic renovation of an apartment building into 8 condos.  Most likely this was not always an apartment complex but a townhouse double from the 19th century.

    The location is half a block off St. Charles Avenue and several blocks from Magazine Street.  Great area to walk or ride to various locations.  No need for a car here. There is no parking but parking on the street is easy 95% of the time.  The parades go by here so then it gets tough to park.

1520 St. Mary G Balcony View

      One of the nice things about this unit is the high ceilings, wood floors, many windows, crown molding, large rooms and the balcony that runs the length of the unit on the second floor.  The condo is over 850 sq. ft with one bedroom, an eat in kitchen, large updated master kitchen and bathrooms.  The condo fees are very reasonable at $229 per month.

      The kitchen has been updated with newer cabinets, granite counters and appliances.  All appliancesdo stay along with most of the furniture.  The eat in kitchen has gas cooking which is not the norm in most complexes.  The gas is in the condo fees.  You can open the kitchen door onto the balcony to get the fresh morning breeze and light.

     The large rooms give the condo  a much larger feel as all rooms have tall ceilings and wood floors with multiple windows.  The master bedroom and updated master bathroom  are large for a condo.  The second bath is a half bath and laundry off the kitchen.  The second floor is generally the best place to be in a complex such as this. More light and better views.

    Sold furnihed for $175,520 excluding some personnel items and artwork.  Would make a great second home just in time for the holidays.

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Historic New Orleans Homes Converted into Condos are more popular than Ever….

      One of the hottest segments in the New Orleans Condo Market is the sale of upscale condos that were once single family homes and historic Duplexes. Its easy to see why when you see how nice some of these fully restored buildings have become.  It makes sense where the neighborhood is right.  You can be in great neighborhoods for half the price and even more of your single family neighborhoods.

     The Uptown, Garden District, and Lower Garden District is where you will find most of these condo complexes. The majority of the these will be between Magazine and St. Charles Ave.  The areas are great for walking, biking, and streetcar rides to the rest of town.  Walking to a coffee shop, sandwich shop, local store, antique shop, art gallery, and fine restaurants are all within easy reach.

     The main attraction remains the old world charm of these homes that are now condos.  The high ceilings, balconies, porches, wood floors, large windows, natural light, and that neighborhood feel.   The best ones are the ones where the developer kept the old fireplaces and tried to duplicate the old features by refurbishing many of the details.  Once this was done he made modern baths and kitchens.

2625 St. Charles Ave. Condos, New Orleans Condos

       The one pictured above is on St. Charles Ave. nestled among million dollar homes.  The one picture below is in the Lower Garden District.  I sold one of the balcony units several years ago for around 160k.  You could not find it in today’s market at that price however.

      The purchasers are split between second homers and purchasers using them as their residences.  Financing was once an issue with these complexes but that hurdle can now easily be overcome with all the local New Orleans Banks wanting to do more business.

    If you are a second home purchaser you do have to think about not being there as many are not managed but taken care of by the people living there.  You want to make sure the complex is well taken care of and the maintenance is up to date.  Many over come this negative with the desire to have a historic property.  They make arrangements to have someone take a look at the property when they are not there.

     When you do your inspections you will have to do a more in depth inspection than you would have to do in a large managed complex.  Since you are going to be one among four or five units, your expenses for major repairs are going to be more.  So looking at the roof, foundation, and checking for termites is strongly recommended.  Most of the condo fees are going for insurance and the week to week upkeep of the grounds and minor repairs that come up.

Condos on St. Mary in New Orleans Lower Garden District

        One of the things I do get feedback on is how much the purchasers of these historic condos enjoy their choice.  They enjoy the feel and love the idea of walking the neighborhood and leaving the car behind.  Pets are almost always welcomed.

       There are quite a few condo associations where the developers has purchased several homes next to each other to make a larger condo association making the association larger and easier to maintain.  Almost of all these developments figure the condo fees on the size of the units.  The more valuable units are the ones with the balconies and porches. The resales are always better on these as it is something people desire to have.

 Magazine Street Condo, New Orleans Garden District Condos

     The condo above were on Magazine Street. It was a total renovation of 5 units  where almost everything was new including electrical, heat, air, and  plumbing.   The one below was on Prytania  and was also a total redo.  It sold recently within a week of coming on the market.

     Many clients start looking in other areas of town because they have less knowledge of these areas.  Then if they are interested we review and look in this segment because they just get so much more for their money than they would in the Warehouse District or French Quarter condos.  

     There are not going to be that many choices but since I really like this segment I try to see as many of these that I can in order to stay on top of this market.

Lower Garden District Condo on Prytania Street


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New Orleans Condo amenities do make a difference, especially with smaller condos…

       I am finding that more and more people want the amenities that the larger condo associations have as long as the condo fees stay reasonable.  When you live in or visit a small condo, you like spending time outside by a pool or lush courtyard.   You cannot generally find this all over town but they tend to be concentrated in large buildings in the Warehouse District, French Quarter and along St. Charles Ave. in Uptown New Orleans.

       You can find courtyards in all areas of the condo market.  The tropical courtyard just says “You are in New Orleans”  Many times you will find this in the larger condos but that does not mean it would not exist in smaller complexes.  Most of these tend to be in the French Quarter where a small courtyard can really be made to be lush and inviting.  It is up to the residents and owners to decide which they they will go.  It will add value to the condo association as they become nicer and more inviting.

       Many of the larger condo associations have added gyms for exercise.  These can be rather Spartan to be one that has everything.  This is more often found in the New Orleans Warehouse District where large building have been converted into condos.   You will also see some very nice lobbies and meeting areas in some of the larger condo associations as well.     

      The swimming pools are enjoyed by all, most never get in but do enjoy the water and the relaxing quality of the blue liquid.  Great way to cool off on our hot steamy days however.  You can even jump in the pool in December with our weather patterns. 

      All the extra amenities  will cost money and is spread over everyone’s monthly condo fee.  Living in a larger complex makes these very affordable.  As a resident you will not need to go to an outside gym.  You may take your bottle of beer or glass of wine to the courtyard to relax.  You can grill in most of these areas as well.

     All these things just add to the quality of life issues.  Its fun to enjoy where you live , getting out without going out of the complex is easy.

     If you ever rent your condo then these quality of life issues do play a large part in the mind of the renter.  These units just rent faster and stay rented longer. 

Federal Fibre Mills Courtyards, New Orleans Warehouse District, 1107 South Peters

French Quarter Condos, Hidden Courtyards

Federal Fibre Mills Condo, Lobby Art

Cotton Mill Condos, Courtyard, New Orleans Condos


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Lafayette Oaks Condos at 1436 Jackson Avenue….What you do not see from the Street…


Lafayette Oaks Condos, 1436 Jackson Ave. Condos

    The Lafayette Oaks Condo in the Garden District of New Orleans near Prytania Avenue is one those condo associations that you rarely see much turnover.  Driving by you would never know what is behind the front gates.  This is the case with many Condos in New Orleans but when there is little turnover you never get a chance to go as an agent.  You forget how nice the  complex is until you see it after four or five years.

    Its is one of those condo complexes where people call this home.   The units are all large and all are at least two bedrooms.  All the units have garage or covered parking in the rear.  The five story building features only four condos per floor or a total of 16 units.   Most of the units are at least 1700 sq. ft. or more.  There is an elevator in front of the building.  All the units have ample common area out side their units overlooking the atrium.

    The pool and courtyard are well maintained and really has that New Orleans feel.  Tropical plants and a well kept pool area make this amenity sparkle.  The common areas are shape and clean with lots of tropical plants and outdoor furniture.  The condo fees are higher in an association like this but it is kept in first class shape, the units fewer and larger.  Each owner pays more but then its their primary home.

   The immediate residential area has shown dramatic increases in real estate values since these units were built around 2000.  This was about the time condos were becoming a place to enjoy urban living with the comforts of home.  Walk through the Garden District.  Walk to the St. Charles Ave Street Car line where its an easy ride to the French Quarter or to Tulane, Audubon Park, Loyola if you go the other way.       

     I was impressed on a recent visit so wanted to pass the info along.  Always good to revisit your memory and keep up with the market as a looked 5 years ago is a lot different than a look this month. 

Lafayette Oaks Condos, 1436 Jackson Ave, Atrium

 1436 Jackson Ave. Lafayette Oaks Condos, New Orleans Condos

 1436 Jackson Ave. Condos, Lafayette Oaks Condos, 1436 Jackson Ave.

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Magazine Street is becoming a more popular area for Condos…Magazine Street Mrechants make it so…

     One of the up  and coming areas in New Orleans for Condos is along Magazine Street where you will see a variety of businesses from antique stores, art galleries, restaurants, bars, clothing stores and almost anything New Orleans that you can imagine.  If you are looking for an area where you can get out and walk this area may be for you.  The St. Charles Street Carline is several blocks away that can whisk you off to the French Quarter or Audubon Park.

     What you will find is historic homes and apartment complexes turned into condos in neighborhood off Magazine or right on the Street.  Magazine Street is not that busy to enjoy a stroll to your favorite spots.  You will find doubles and fourplexes that have been converted into condos.  People like them as many of the historic features have been left in tack.  There are larger homes that have been converted as well.

      There will be few large complexes as it really a neighborhood that surrounds Magazine Street as it travels from the Warehouse District through the Lower Garden District to the Garden District and on the Uptown Area of New Orleans as it hits Audubon Park.  Some of New Orleans finest neighborhoods are within a block of Magazine Street. 

    One of the premium finds is to find a condo that has a balcony or porch that faces the street.   There are not many but when you find one it could become a real place to relax and watch the world walk and ride by. 

      My friend Susan Prows from Portland, Oregon happened to find one of these gems after looking in the French Quarter for something that was much more expensive.  She found the historic balcony condo under a spreading oak tree with some great windows, wood floors, high ceilings, wonderful natural light with many historic features.  With her touches she now has a real treasure in a New Orleans neighborhood and plenty of people who would like to visit her in New Orleans.

     The nice things like this did sell rather quickly.  Getting the premium one is always the best way to go for future resale value and the enjoyment of the moment.  If you buy one from me we can walk to get the free ice cream cone or beer.  It will be your choice…Maybe we can get Susan to comment on her purchase and the change in lifestyle that New Orleans offers.

     Now if you are looking something brand new and sleek like in Dallas or Houston you will most likely not find it along Magazine Street.

Magazine Street Homes and Merchants

Magazine Street Merchants and Homes, New Orleans

Magazine Street Eating 

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