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Anne Rice's House in Garden District
As a huge Anne Rice fan, seeing the home where she wrote about the Mayfair Witches and Lestat was so exciting to me. I had goose bumps as I admired this enormous house. Sad that she no longer lives there, and even sadder that her inspiration and love of her life, Stan, died. The tour guide told stories of Anne and Stan that brought the house back to life, at least in my imagination.
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Take the St. Charles streetcar into the Garden District to view the gracious and stately neighborhood that embodies the glory of Southern aristocracy of legend. You'll find lots of fine dining in this area!
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The Real World House
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Belfort Mansion Information:
The Belfort Mansion is located in the Garden District of New Orleans.
The Mansion has some history. It was originally divided into individual apartments. When the show's producers discovered the Belfort, it was in the process of being returned to a single family residence.
November 2004 - Nearly four and half years after the cast of the Real World New Orleans moved out of the Belfort Mansion, it appears that the owners are nearly complete with the renovations that began once the show was finished with the mansion in the Summer of 2000.
Take a long walk through the Garden District
There is something about the Garden District of New Orleans that is just worlds away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street. It's actually hard to believe you're anywhere near Bourbon Street in fact. Picture street after street of genteel mansions, painted in lovely hues with big wrap-around porches and beautiful wrought iron gates amidst beautiful, almost dreamlike flowering trees...
ALSO IN THE AREA: 'Haunted' mansions, cemeteries, many historic landmarks, and the famed vampire/witch fiction author, Anne Rice's house.
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Get a map and wander aimlessly in and out
I got a tram to the Garden district and spent about 3 hours just walking up and down streets gazing at the gorgeous houses there. Each one is unique and everyone one is more beautiful than the one you just saw. There are people in Downtown giving out maps of this district giving a history of certain houses. Also in that area is the Cemetery. It is unusual because the coffins are above the ground to protect them from flooding. Defo worth a look.
Check out the Garden District
Whereas the French Quarter is a bit garish though not without its flavor and charm, the Garden District embodies the aristocratic "gentile" of the Old South. It is one of the 2 most prestigious New Orleans neighborhoods (the other is the University section near Tulane). Ironically it is noted for its gorgeous antebellum mansions and homes - not for any gardens.
Developed mainly between 1840 and 1900, the Garden District runs from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue and from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. It comprises one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the South -- if not the entire country.
The tacit rivalry between the Garden District and the French Quarter began shortly after the Louisiana Purchase, when the Americans moved into this Uptown area to settle - the gentrified Creoles and French living in the French Quarter area looked down their noses at the more recent upstarts...and thus the concept of "Downtown" and "Uptown" was born.
Explore the Garden district
Cross Canal street and take the trolley to the Garden District. There are plenty of beautiful homes in this area to keep you wishing for one of your own.
Stroll through Magazine Street on your way back to the French Quater. There are plenty of restaurants and shops that are patronized by the locals.
The Garden District
The St. Charles Streetcar Line takes you to the Garden District. The distrcit is located from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue and from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. There are several excellent but expensive restaurants in this district along with some less expensive coffee shops. The Garden District is also home to one of my favorite authors Anne Rice. Her vampire novels use many New Orleans settings.
When the city became part of the USA, many anglo-saxon 'americans' came to get a share of the wealth. They managed to do so with cotton, sugar and shipping. But the creoles from the french quarter never excepeted them socially. That is why they started a new neighbourhood in 1832, with elegant gardens to show off their richness.
In the garden district are some of the finest houses of New Orleans. Lots of ironworks in them. Some still have the authentic gaslamps burning on their porches.
The district is called garden district because there is much green around. Huge trees, but also lovely private gardens.
It was developed mainly between 1840 and 1900.
Saint Charles Street houses
Driving down St. Charles is, to me, one of the most enjoyable parts about being in New Orleans.I've spent a lot of time there over the last four years and I must say it is one part of your trip that you just can't miss.
The Houses of St Charles Avenue
Houses along St. Charles range from the average to the sublime. Some are very old Antebellum houses (like Civil War Plantatation homes), some have been renovated, and some are brand new. All are very easily seen from the streetcar that runs St. Charles' entire length. At $1.25 for the ride, I'd say that its a pretty good bargain. For those of you staying in the quarter, just get to Canal street and follow the tracks until you see a little yellow sign which indicates a stop on the ride. If you are staying uptown, then this is the best way to get to all of the action of the Quarter, Jackson Square, Riverwalk mall, Flea Market, etc. Its super cheap and means you can avoid driving in New Orleans, which believe me, you want to do at all costs! And for those of you who "partake", it means that you don't have to drive while trying to sober up from a Pat O's hurricane!
The Garden District is a welcoming neighborhood just a short ride away from the Quarter. Get off the St. Charles Streetcar at stop 14, which is First Avenue and walk down toward the river. This area is full of historic mansions including the home of the famous author, Anne Rice (First and Chestnut) and the Payne-Strahan House where the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis died in 1889 (First and Camp). Once you get to Magazine Street you can either head back toward St. Charles Street and catch the streetcar or you can hop on a bus on Magazine Street.
The Garden District.
Like the French Quarter, this is a National Historic District, where architectural preservation ordinances prevent would-be developers from fiddling with its period character. The free guided National Park Service 'Faubourg Promenade' provides an overview of the Garden District, but it's more fun to explore it on your own - especially since it's an ideal zone for bicycling.
Aside from the eerie splendor of Spanish moss and the tranquil allure of the Georgian manors, other key attractions of the district are the Audubon Zoological Gardens, one of the country's richest collections of exotic wildlife; Tulane University, with repositories specializing in African-American history and New Orleans' jazz legacy; and Lafayette Cemetery No 1, where above-ground tombs let you ponder up close what makes Anne Rice's vampire novels seem so perfectly suited to their setting. The Garden District is 1.5 miles (2.5km) southwest of the French Quarter; the St Charles Ave Streetcar Line cuts right through its northern half.
Walking in the Garden District
When you've had your fill of the French Quarter, or just need a little break from festival madness, take the St. Charles Trolley out to the Garden District. You can explore the tree-shaded boulevards, check out the variety of New Orleans architecture, or find a quiet cafe to relax in. If you go as far as Tulane there is a huge city park also.
Must take a tour of the Garden...
Must take a tour of the Garden district. The houses are amazing and the cemetaries are very interesting, it sounds a bit morbid but very cool!
This photo is of a fence surrounding one of the mansions in the Garden District, it is known as the corn fence, self explanatory I guess, what is amazing is the fence goes on for close to a block!
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