4111 Dauphine Street, NOLA 70117

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4111 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms

1,514 sqft living area

28′ X 127′ lot

$399,000

This side hall shotgun home in the Bywater neighborhood has been lovingly renovated in the last 5 years with an architect’s eye and design sense. The final product is one that honors the building’s 140 plus year old history as well as offers the comforts and conveniences of modern living. The front parlor has traditional floor-to-ceiling windows that let in streams of sunlight. The long hallways guides you past the private bedrooms to the back of the house, where there is one open space incorporating the kitchen, dining, and living areas. The kitchen was recently remodeled with on-trend gray cabinetry, durable Quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The open shelving and hanging pot rack means all of your kitchen essentials are within easy reach. From the dining area, glass doors open out to an expansive deck and back yard — basically an extension of the living area meant for gathering and entertaining.

Since the current owners purchase the property in 2013, they have reworked and updated all of the major systems of the house. The work includes strengthening the foundation, replacing the electrical panel and much of the plumbing, installing a new A/C system, and insulating the underside of the roof with open cell spray foam. Since the structure is originally built with bargeboard, one wall in the living room has been left exposed for a peek of what’s hidden in the walls. The slate roof was installed 15 years ago, which is meant to last a century.

The home is located in the midst of what Bywater has to offer — within walking distance to lots of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. The bike path that takes you through Crescent Park and to the French Quarter can be accessed near the house. For downtown commuters or French Quarter frequenters, the location couldn’t be better!

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2018 resolutions

Obviously, February 1st is when all New Year’s resolutions go into effect. As much I like to think any time is a good time for improving yourself or your life, the end of one year and the beginning of another is inevitably a time for some self-reflection and goal setting. So, in the spirit of starting 2018 off on the right foot, I’m going to share some of my resolutions. Apparently, verbalizing them increases the chances of following through — so check in with me at the end of 2018 to hold me accountable!

Be a real estate resource to a bigger audience.

In true millennial fashion, I like to research everything online before I do it — buy a new toothbrush, travel to a foreign city, go to a restaurant, etc. Reading up on something is an essential part of the process and usually one that enhances the experience in the long run. I know I’m not alone in this. Considering that buying/selling a house is such a big step and one that can be quite complicated, I am sure that many people start their research online. Before I became a Realtor, I was pretty clueless about real estate transactions. And to be honest, I never quite found a satisfying source of information on the internet. Especially not one specific to New Orleans or even Louisiana! Each city has a unique real estate market and each state has different real estate laws. (If I learned nothing else in law school, it’s that Louisiana law is the most different of all.) Because of that, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “finding answers” that just don’t apply to our real estate transactions. Even now when I first meet with clients, I find that there is a lot of misinformation floating around.

Well, I would like to be a source of reliable information for those who want to start their search online. They may not be ready to talk to a Realtor or take any actual steps. In fact, they might be totally terrified and paralyzed by the mystery of it all. My goal is to make the buying/selling process less intimidating and dispel some myths. I have learned so much in my 3.5+ years in real estate and continue to improve my knowledge and understanding of the real estate market, transactions, contracts, strategy, law, etc. I want to pass it on to a bigger audience than just my clients. I want someone to be able to find information online that will make them feel more comfortable, even inspired and empowered, to proceed with actualizing their real estate goals. And not just first-time homebuyers, I also want to help current homeowners looking to trade up or investors who want to build a portfolio of rental properties. To meet this end, I’m going to start writing more blog posts here, including an extensive step-by-step explanation of how buying a home works.

Stay in touch with my past clients.

One of my favorite aspects of being a Realtor is establishing relationships with my clients. Whether we work together for 30 days or over a year, I end up bonding with all of them to some degree. I learn about their lives and what is driving them to buy or sell a home. I often meet their families who come in for second opinions. I counsel them through some tough decisions and, sometimes, some disappointments as well. I celebrate with them when that house they really want is under contract to be theirs. I even have inside jokes with them. Eventually, I help them accomplish a milestone — becoming a home-owner or moving on to another phase of their lives.

But so much happens after that sale is complete! Many of my clients have gotten engaged or married, had babies, adopted pets, changed jobs, or renovated the house after we walk away from that closing table. Most of these events are the very reasons they made the move in the first place. Although I do my best to keep in touch, I sometimes fall out of the loop. Therefore, one of my goals this year is to check in with my past clients to see what they’re up to and how the house is serving them. I want to continue to be a resource for them, since I think my job is far from over after the sale. I can recommend contractors and services to them when they need to perform maintenance or make improvements to their house. I can send them monthly summaries of the real estate action in their neighborhood so that they can monitor the value of their investments. There are so many ways I can contribute if I just stay in contact.

Plus, I miss these people!

Do more and stay energized.

There’s a saying that if you want something to get done, give the task to the busiest person. I find this to be true in my personal experience. The more I have on my plate, the more I get done — not just the things I have to get done, but also random things that I have been procrastinating with. There is some sort of critical mass to busy-ness. That being said, I don’t want to run myself ragged either. I want to occupy my time with activities that energize or inspire me to be even more productive. It might be an interesting class that opens my eyes to how to run or grow my business. It could be getting involved with an organization that’s in line with my interests. It could be tinkering around the house with DIY projects. It also includes dedicating time to my mind and body (meditation, working out, getting fresh air, whatever). Mostly, I want each activity to have a purpose and create positive momentum.

I know this is a vague one. I’m working on it.

Sofa with a tropical surprise

sofaB&AUsually I stumble upon a piece that needs saving and let it inspire me. With this particular project, I started with an idea and desperately searched craigslist.com for a suitable vehicle to bring it to life. Our living room needed more seating, but it was tough to find a love seat with just the right shape and dimensions. I already knew that I wanted to use a striped linen for the body and something a little wilder for the back panel, since the piece would be floating in the room. I was going for a tropical and traditional, yet casual, vibe — something like this interior:

India Hicks Veranda

Picture from maybe Veranda magazine — see here

The love seat that finally fit the bill was a crusty and stained seafoam number. The shape was simple enough, the price was right, and the seller was willing to deliver to my house. Good enough.

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The real lesson of upholstering furniture really comes in the de-upholstering phase. You basically start removing the panels (usually back first, then sides, then the inside back, etc.) and then repeat the process in reverse with the new fabric. The first thing I ever re-upholstered was a 6 foot long sofa, so I promise it’s not necessarily harder than a small piece. There are some really great tutorials out there — including this and this one. I also rely heavily on this really well written and illustrated book, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design.

Surprise! (1)

The back panel was a good opportunity to splurge on a crazy print: it required a relatively small amount of fabric and doesn’t compete or clash with anything else. This wild print of leopards and tigers hanging out in flowers and palms is about as tropical as you can get!

New Orleans homes stand out in the national arena

It’s always fun to see New Orleans featured in some national (or even international) medium, whether it is a backdrop of a movie filmed in the “Hollywood of the South” or whether its talented individuals are recognized by a larger audience, like many of our local chefs and musicians. I especially like to see New Orleans homes get the spotlight on popular interior design websites. Apartment Therapy (one of my favorites and one of the giants of that industry) has taken a peek into quite a few New Orleans abodes. Here are some of my favorite details from their House Tours as well as links to take a look at the whole thing:

Emily and Andrew

AP house tour 2

Miranda Lake

AP house tour 3

Thomas and Mitchell

Matilde and Gustavo

Tyler and Matthias

Valorie

Whether humble or elegant, it is always obvious from the interior that a home exists in New Orleans. There is just something familiar in the decorator’s sensitivities. It could be the way they embrace color (no fear to go bold here). It could be the appreciation for antiques (it is one of the oldest cities in the country, after all). It could be the focus on outside entertainment space (because where else would you host a crawfish boil). Or it could be that a Muses shoe sits on a shelf as the owner’s most prized possession (hey, you fought hard for that shoe!). In any case, New Orleans homes just seem a little bit offbeat — in the best way possible of course.

Honorable mentions AKA Apartment Therapy House Calls: Alex, Chad, Aimee, Barbara, and Emily.

My listing published on Curbed NOLA

Curbed NOLA did a little feature on my listing at 4124 Prytania, focusing mostly on the history of the building. This building, along with five others on the same block, were built by Lawrence Fabacher, a notable German immigrant who also founded Jackson Brewery. The block has become known as Fabacher Row.

Read the whole article at Curbed NOLA.

old photo of the block - Louisiana State Museum
old photo of the block – Louisiana State Museum