Garden District New Orleans
Developed in the early 1800s, original Garden District New Orleans plots were ample, with room for stunning gardens that inspired the neighborhood name. Over time, the land was subdivided, so it’s not unusual to see a smaller home next door to a mansion sized property.
It’s home to some of the most opulent architecture in the city, with Greek Revivals, Victorians, and Italianate style homes on larger than average lots. Elegant, charming, lovely…these are all terms that come to mind with a drive through the Garden District.
Some larger homes have been parceled into condos in recent years and off street parking can be hit or miss and comes at a premium in purchase prices.
Boundaries are St. Charles Avenue, Magazine Street, Jackson Avenue, and Toledano Street. The entire neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark. Exterior changes are under the full control of the HDLC (Historic District Landmarks Commission) and require approval.
The neighborhood is also part of the GDSD – the Garden District Security District. The security district is funded by a special property millage, billed to all homeowners by the city and included in the annual property tax bills.
The Garden District is a mecca for tourists, as they jump off of the streetcar and wander the streets, cameras in hand. Just about every resident has seen a photo of their home pop up somewhere.
- Lafayette Cemetery #1
- Buckner Mansion
- Commander’s Palace
- Trinity Episcopal Church, built in the mid 1800s
- Joey K’s bar and restaurant
- District Donuts Sliders & Brews
- A restaurant row along Magazine Street
Walk score = 88
Bike score = 66