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Located adjacent to the Central Business District (aka downtown New Orleans), the New Orleans Warehouse and Arts District is filled with a multitude of condominium residences, world-famous restaurants, galleries, hotels, boutiques, night clubs, corner bars, fashion outlets and a wide variety of entertainment options all within a few blocks.
This highly touted neighborhood sits within the foot print of what was an industrialized area back in the 1800s. Located right on the riverfront, this area of the city was once a bustling collection of manufacturing, trade and storage warehouses for grain, coffee and much more that was carried by ship and train through New Orleans. After a long decline, a transformation of the warehouse district began with the opening of the 10,000-square foot Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in the mid-1970s. Today, you will find galleries, museums and other attractions in this sidewalk/bike friendly neighborhood.
Condominiums With Spectacular Views
The CAC not only launched a new appreciation for what is now the Warehouse District, but it was a prime example of what could be done with a torn and tattered building. Suddenly, these immense shells of emptiness found a purpose and what has resulted is the transformation of a once desolate area of the city into a thriving residential and commercial enterprise.
Condominium living definitely took on a whole new meaning in downtown New Orleans as warehouses were restored into stylish condos located at some of the most sought after addresses. Condominium living is thriving in New Orleans, not only for full-time residents, but for those seeking a second home. The list of condos is long, but a few that stand out are Federal Fiber Mills Condos, Cotton Mill Condos, The Bakery Condos, and Gallery Row Condos.
The Upper Warehouse District has seen an incredible transformation in the Post-K era. Anchored on the northernmost side by the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, there has been a multitude of major development projects completed and many others that are continuing today. Most notable, the first new street car line in decades was completed along Loyola Avenue in 2012 just in time for the hosting of the SuperBowl in New Orleans. Also spurring development was the re-opening and complete makeover with additions to the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Loyola Avenue. Locals will also tell you the best grocery store opened at 701 Baronne Street in what was the old Cadillac dealership. This Rouses provides garage parking, elevators, roof-top herb garden, and a multitude of ready to eat, healthy (and some not so healthy) eats!
You Don’t Need To Look Far To Find Something To Do
As a matter of fact, for most Warehouse residents, all you need do is head out the front door of your building and within feet of the entryway you’ll find a fine restaurant, bar, gallery or museum; there are literally dozens of dining and entertainment venues in the Warehouse District.
If museums are your thing, in addition to the Contemporary Arts Center, there are among others, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, National World War II Museum, the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Art galleries are in abundance in the Warehouse District and nearby downtown area and are easily accessible from all residential areas. The same can be said for restaurants. The list of culinary delights and bars is long, as there are well-known establishments in the Warehouse District as well as those the quaint, off-the-beaten-path hangouts locals gravitate to for a quiet evening out with friends and neighbors. A few restaurants that you may have heard of are Cochon, Emeril’s, Mulate’s, Rio Mar, and Sun Ray Grill.
Another interesting aspect of living in the Warehouse District is what goes on around you. There are several events that occur throughout the year that you can participate in and they all happen in and around the area. First, there is Mardi Gras. For those who don’t use this time for a planned ski trip or other adventure, several parades meander through Warehouse District streets on the way to the Convention Center. Distinctly less crowded events but very popular none the less, are White Linen Night and Arts for Arts’ Sake, just to name a few. You will also want to check out the Crescent City Farmer’s Market, a weekly Saturday morning market that runs year-round from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine.