Oak tree-lined streets. A mix of condos and single-family homes. Luxury mansions, gorgeous gardens, historic cemeteries, boutique shopping, fine dining, and casual eateries. All of this can be found just by walking around the New Orleans Garden District.
Developed in the early 1800s, original Garden District 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.
Most visitors know the Garden District as home to one of the grand dames of New Orleans dining, Commander’s Palace. But there are other local favorites in the neighborhood as well, including Joey K’s, Coquette, and District Donuts. The Garden District butts up against the edge of the Irish Channel, so you won’t be far from a St. Patrick’s celebration and parade each year, while the St. Charles Avenue side is the site of all of the Uptown parades during Mardi Gras.
While it holds some of the most expensive homes in the city, it also has more affordable condo options for those who want to live in this famous neighborhood without breaking the bank.
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.