Mid-City and City Park Neighborhoods
The home of Jazz Fest
Many residents discover the Mid-City/City Park neighborhood during the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival — and many decide it’s a great place to live as well as to go to hear music.
Mid-City/City Park is roughly bounded by City Park Avenue, Bayou St. John and Interstate 10, which winds around two sides of it. It’s appropriately named because it’s in the very heart of the city. This neighborhood is noted for the oldest and most beautiful oak trees in the metro area; its bayou; and City Park, which includes tennis courts, an amusement park, horseback riding, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the magnificent Celebration in the Oaks decorations during the winter holidays.
There are also fine restaurants and grocery stores and a new streetcar line along world-famous Canal Street, which bisects this neighborhood.
Mid-City/City Park offers a diversity of architectural styles for those looking for a home here: Victorian shotguns bedecked with ornamental gingerbread, Edwardian town houses and spacious camelbacks.
For those interested in renting, the American Can Co. building on the corner of Orleans Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway offers apartment living for neighborhood residents.
Along Canal Street, its oak-lined thoroughfare, churches include the attractive stucco mission-style St. Anthony of Padua. The former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, where jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong is reported to have been baptized, is adjacent to the under-renovation Malta Square, which will open soon as transitional housing.
In the 19th century, this great expanse of low-lying swampland was called “back of town.” The construction of the pumping station at Broad and Bienville streets in the 1890s spurred neighborhood development after the area was drained. Today, historic pumping stations are a familiar sight here.
Six features not to include when renovating to sell
Some home features don’t stay popular forever.
More homes are inching away from incorporating the following home features, according to recent consumer preference surveys, so if you’re considering renovating your present home to sell, consider not including these features:
Fireplaces: The fireplace skyrocketed in importance in homes in 1991, with 62 percent of new homes having one or more. But the number has been steadily decreasing ever since. In 2007, the number dropped to 51 percent.
Carpet: Although 54 percent of homes still have carpet floors, the number is decreasing, and hardwood floors are taking their place. Vinyl and ceramic tile flooring also are being bypassed more by buyers. Seventeen percent of new homes contain hardwood floors throughout the entire house.
Living room: These once-decorative centerpieces of homes are slowly vanishing from newer homes. Thirty-four percent of consumers say they’re willing to buy a home without a living room.
Desks in the kitchen: These desks were once looked at as great storage areas, but they’re often too small and quickly become clutter spaces in a home. Instead, more consumers say they prefer larger desks in or near the family room — equipped with a messaging center — where they can keep an eye on their kids as they work on the computer.
Skylights: The little windows that allow natural light to seep into a home from above are falling out of style. Only 10 percent of new homes will include them this year, a continuing downward spiral.
Upscale kitchen finishes: Granite countertops are slowly becoming less desirable among buyers who are now moving toward affordable, low-maintenance laminate countertops, which tend to last longer and now come in various styles.