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Mid City Neighborhood and Homes
One of my favorite neighborhoods in all of New Orleans is in Mid City near City Park and Bayou St. John. It’s a great neighborhood to walk and view pretty home and yards. Most of the houses are from 1920’s to 1930’s in these neighborhoods.
You get to see some unique yards and plants that you will not see in other areas of New Orleans. Residents love plants and flowers with color. The people always seem to change them up over time. The large oak trees add to the neighborhood giving them a country feel. Many of the homes have nice size yards as you can see in these photos.
The Craftsman style of homes is very common in the area. Love the porches and columns. It is also a very colorful area with the deep red bricks and bright red tile roofs.
Walking along Bayou St. John on Moss Street really gives you a sense of history and the variety of homes in the area. Large ones,small ones, old ones and even older ones. You start off near City Park and walk til your legs give out, then come back on the other side as you return.
Plantation Style Homes when the Bayou was young.
A Colorful Craftsman Style home just stands out….
Historic Double on the Bayou with a Victorian Feel…
Looking across the Bayou at the small homes on the other side.
The Mid City Neighborhood has some of the best collection of doubles in New Orleans. Most likely built in the early 1900’s. They feature porches, small front yards, and small rear yards. Close to City Park and Bayou St. John. They are charming and colorful to these neighborhoods.
Last Monday I took Bob Wilson from San Diego to Desoto Street in Mid City starting at Bayou St. John. It’s an area that a lot of tourist will never see. I wanted to show him the variety of homes that you can see in several blocks with a short walk. It’s a great neighborhood with a lot of things going on. People are working on their homes. You see no for sale signs and plenty of color.
These are just a few of what we saw. Lots of details and colors on one street. The variety of sizes, ages and styles always make me think, how lucky we live in a town with so many historic homes that people appreciate.
The Craftsman style home was popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s. A couple of litle streets in Mid City had to be developed at this time. It was likley on the grounds of the Luling Mansion near the Fairgrounds Race Track.
Calling all Pelicans, Ducks, Swans and Geese that make the lagoons at City Park come alive in the Spring. These are just a few of our winged friends that make City Park home. Plenty to eat and it’s a safe place to raise a family. They are friendly beggars and love all the human attention that they can get. So Lucky to have nature so close to the city. Some nice real estate for all to enjoy…I joined Friends of the Park and now I go more…..
Bayou St. John is a photo opportunity everyday. The Bayou runs almost to the center of town to Lake Pontchartrain. This is in Mid-City near City Park.
Bayou St. John was an early route from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississipi River where french Fur Traders would trade. The route would allow for a short portage of canoes. There was a fort St. Jean was established at the mouth of the Bayou in the early 1700’s. Today it is a shallow waterway to the locks on the Lake Pontchartrain….
The home built in 1799 is a great example of a Creole Country Cottage. Located at 1440 Moss Street on Bayou St. John. It was restored in the 1960’s and is open fr tours and events today.
It got its name from Jame Pitot who was the first Mayor of Incorporated New Orleans. He was the fourth owner of the home.
The house has been furnished with Louisiana and American antiques that date from the early 1800s through mid-nineteenth century. Today, the Louisiana Landmarks Society uses the house as its headquarters, opens it for tours, and rents out the lawn and gardens for special events.
The gardens are planted with plants that existed in that era of time. Its on my list for a visit.
If you want a great Roast Beef Po-Boy in New Orleans then this is the place to go. Its on Hagan Street in Mid City near Bayou St. John. Its closed on Tuesday. Great place for lunch. I get the same thing most of the time and add sweet patotoe fries as a side. It does a lot of business and the reason is the quality of the food and the friendly staff… You need to try it or try it again if you have missed it.