New Orleans is one of the U.S.'s most vibrant cities, with great food, good live music, majestic cemeteries, and beautiful architecture, not to mention lax open container laws that make every night here a party, Mardi Gras or not.
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, starting in the early 1920s (though its roots back to the city's slave history), and the city is full of jazz venues that host multi-piece brass bands, in addition to the famed annual Jazz Fest.
The culinary scene here is perhaps the best in the nation, thanks in large part to New Orleans's Creole and Afro-Creole history. Famed standouts like Cochon, Mother's, and Commander's Palace serve fried alligator, Andouille-spiced shrimp, oysters and overstuffed po' boys paired with cups of red beans and rice, though you can get incredible po' boys all over the city, not to mention muffulettas at Central Grocery (and elsewhere). The city is also full of hip new restaurants, new and classic bars, and yoga studios and galleries in repurposed churches.
All that fun stuff, plus New Orleans's recent uptick in median wages, drop in unemployment, and relative low cost of living, draws millennials who might otherwise move to bigger cities like New York, and lead to its inclusion on WalletHub's survey of cities millennials are moving to for good wages and jobs. And for those on the hunt, there's a lot of great real estate to be had in the Big Easy. Here's a taste of what's out the
718 Barracks St. #7, French Quarter
The French Quarter is probably New Orleans's most recognizable neighborhood, thanks to its Spanish-Creole buildings, historic spots like Jackson Square, and tourist-heavy areas like the (in)famous Bourbon Street. Real estate here is pricey but central, and you can find some lovely spots, like this one-bedroom, two-bath condo, also pictured top. The renovated unit has two floors (the bedroom is on the second level), stainless steel appliances, tiled floors, and a balcony, in addition to a private pool and patio in the courtyard. The unit is priced at $725,000.
1121 Henry Clay Ave., Audubon
Audubon is a historic neighborhood in New Orleans, home to Tulane and Loyola universities, a slew of young professionals and families, and Audubon Park. There are a lot of handsome properties here, including this five-bedroom, four-bath house, with hardwood floors, chandeliers, and an eat-in kitchen. There's also a big yard and a built-out deck. The house is priced at $794,000.
3232 Prytania St., Garden District
This four-bedroom, three-bath carriage house was built in the late 1800s for the U.S. Corp of Engineers, but has since been re-purposed as a residence. Highlights include ornate molding, multiple fireplaces with mantels, big windows, and a modern kitchen outfitted with stainless steel appliances. There's also a brick courtyard and patio. The house is located in the Garden District, a neighborhood with historic properties, mansions, and celebrity residences (Sandra Bullock lives here, as does John Goodman). The house is priced at $795,000.
1929 Valence St., Uptown
This four-bedroom, five-bath house, located in New Orleans's desirable Uptown neighborhood, has vaulted ceilings, brick columns, big windows, and bright, airy rooms, in addition to a master suite with a spa-like bath and a window-lined dining room. There's also a shaded back porch and small yard, along with a pool and space for lounging. The house is priced at $995,000.
524 Passera Ct., Mid-City
Mid-City is a rapidly growing neighborhood full of bars, restaurants, shops, young families, and City Park, a 1,300-acre expanse that's been around since 1854. This three-bedroom, two-bath bungalow, located just a few blocks from the park, was built in 1920, and has original hardwood floors and a mantel in the living room. Other highlights include lots of ceiling fans, an eat-in kitchen, and courtyard and sunroom. The house is priced at $410,000.
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