Uptown is a special place in New Orleans. A place of a 1000 homes with 10000 facades.
The options are endless, concentrated in a series of small city blocks that lead away from the French Quarter stretching in part almost to the next parish line across west to the expressway.
Through Uptown flows the majority of the Mardi Gras parades. The main thoroughfares are St Charles Ave to Carrollton. Magazine Street is roughly parallel as is most of the quieter Prytania flowing from Carrollton in the west to the Central Business District.
Beyond the mansions we find homes with so many variations of spaces both inside and outside makes each and every home alittle different. This throws the typical way of looking at real estate from the perspective of other parts of the United States.
This means one has to change the way you think about a place to live. What becomes more important is to understand what you are comfortable with and how your lifestyle fits into a particular space.
Most of Uptown did not flood for Katrina.
Uptown is driven by world class universities..Tulane and Loyola. The medical community is strong and growing. The per capita income is a core of old established money…often underscored beyond the mansions and glorious homes. There is a good mix of the transient college crowd concentrated around Broadway at Tulane. Intermingled are multifamily and single family homes. The housing stock varies with most of the older buildings dating back to the late 1800’s.
Uptown evokes images of beauty and sophistication, so people here claim Uptown like a status symbol. You will love to make an excuse to shop there, to meet friends, or walk your dog.
Originally, Uptown was where non-French speakers came to settle after the Louisiana Purchase; which accounts for the 19th century architecture. The streetcar passes by many mansions along St. Charles Avenue, and Tulane and Loyola Universities unless it’s Mardi Gras season. Then, the massive street parties put that streetcar on hold. Most of the city’s parade routes begin in Uptown, so Moms and Dads have their kids catching beads and doubloons for weeks leading up to Mardi Gras Day.
Do you like window shopping? Magazine Street, Poydras Street, and Freret have more boutiques, street fairs, and restaurants than most cities can support. If you don’t mind quiet streets canopied by live oak trees, and you’re fine with living a street or two away from the zoo, and Audubon Park, and golfing, and cozy restaurants, than maybe you too can join the Uptown girls and boys.