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Amy Thigpen

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Amy Thigpen

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 2, 2015
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Octavia Street Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


West Riverside Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, (Sleeps 2-3)

This one hundred year old shotgun cottage is a classic New Orleans cottage with modern updates. Hardwood floors and high ceilings hold ceiling fans and original windows provide lots of natural light.

Entering the great room, a flat screen TV and speakers for your IPOD or laptop. The living area has a Queen sized sofa sleeper leads to the open full kitchen with an Oak dining table. Lovely light and 11 foot ceilings and ceiling fans are in all rooms.

The great room leads to the bedroom with an elegant Art Deco bedroom set and a new top of the line memory foam Queen mattress set, with deliciously soft high thread count new bedding and duvet cover. The bedroom leads to the updated bathroom with claw foot tub for soaking your dancing feet and dreaming.

There is an open closet across from bedroom with soft high thread count towels. The back door opens to the screened porch, my favorite room in the house, perfect for taking your cocktail under the swirling ceiling fan. The brick patio could be your next crawfish boil site. The studio in the back has a full sized washer/dryer. Celebrate Uptown New Orleans with fabulous food within walking distance in all directions, including the best poboys in town. St. Charles Avenue, Audubon Park and the Mississippi River all within 10 blocks of the cottage.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Amy Thigpen (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 2, 2015

About Amy Thigpen

Amy is a New Orleanian and Jeff is from California. They are happy to share their sweet shotgun cottage and their favorite restaurants and music clubs with you. There's never enough time in New Orleans, no matter how much time you spend, you'll be coming back soon, hopefully to the Octavia Street Cottage in the heart of Uptown.

Amy Thigpen purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Amy Thigpen chose West Riverside

Amy's grandfather was born just across Magazine on Arabella, and she went to Lusher, and later Tulane for graduate school. She finds new things to savor every times she comes home and loves the way this neighborhood keeps getting better without losing it's sense of slow-paced charm.

What makes this cottage unique

I've always loved the shotgun cottage, simple with nice lines and no extraneous spaces, just enough room. Octavia street has all the things I love in a house including the ceiling fans and the screened porch for lounging and reading the Lagnaippe section of the paper to find out where to go for hot music or the Gambit for the best new restaurants in town. I love the old brick of the stoop and the fireplace and of course the claw foot tub, big enough for soaking those tired Jazz Fest feet.

We fell in love with the neighborhood when we stayed here a couple of years ago, on Annunciation and discovered the pleasures of biking in Audubon Park under the live oak trees and riding or walking the bike path on the levee along the river and within walking distance of fabulous restaurants and bars.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 19 traveler reviews

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Octavia Street Cottage
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I loved 'The Cottage'. The perfect Pied A Terre for dashing to dinners, visiting Family and Friends and a peaceful private retreat from non stop New Orleans. Holly-Go-Lightly would have stayed here. I got lucky and the weather was idyllic. Recommendations galore!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Eureka, MO

Great little place

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for my husband and I to stay on our first trip to NO. We had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. There are several restaurants within walking distance on Magazine St. and lots more if you want to take the Magazine St. bus line a 5-10 min walk away. We ate breakfast several times at Toast on Laurel St. around the corner. We never used our car while we were there. We didn't realize it until we were driving out that Winn Dixie was only a block away as well as McAlister's Deli. We had seen it driving in, but then once we got to the cottage we couldn't remember how far away it was and we never took the time to look it up. We took the Historical Tour of the Garden District and wished we had done the same for the French Quarter. Maybe next time. It was cool during our stay, but the home was plenty warm for us. We were out every night after dark and felt safe in the neighborhood. I would highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

The best of New Orleans

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay at the "cottage" and it only gets better with each time. It was extremely unseasonably cold (30s) and the cottage was a cozy, warm retreat from the bitter outdoors. It is such a lovely way to stay in New Orleans away from the tourist mayhem and yet so convenient to so many things. Amy and Jeff do a great job at keeping it a wonderful home away from home.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We loved our time at this cottage. It was a great location if you want to be away from all the noise of Bourbon St and enjoy another part of the city. Audubon Park was super close and was such a beautiful place to spend time. If you want to see the French Quarter the bus is easy to catch on Magazine St and is clean and safe. The restaurants within walking distance that we tried were all amazing. The bed was very comfortable and bedding was soft and luxurious. Great back yard for our two year old to play in and for us to relax. The neighborhood was just beautiful as well for walking in. Winn Dixie and Whole Foods are super close so you can spend a lot or a little on groceries. The only thing missing was a few smaller frying pans :). We will most definitely stay here again if we return.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Austin, TX

Perfectly what I needed

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I popped into the Octavia Street Cottage a week ago to spend the weekend celebrating her birthday. The last time we visited NOLA, we stayed closer to the French Quarter, but spent a day on Magazine St., and had a blast. We were so excited to find this house, first, because the location was incredible. Four blocks from Whole Foods, three from Magazine Street, and a super quiet area. It was nice being close to Audubon Park, and tons of great restaurants. The screened-in back porch was super chill, and the house and lot in general are very charming.

The bed was extremely comfortable; we both slept like champions. The place was easy to get into, parking on the street was very easy to find, and the roominess of the space worked out perfectly for us.

We would definitely recommend this to family and friends, and for sure stay here again. Great place, and love NOLA!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 4 of 5

My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay in the Shotgun cottage, which was as described. NOLA was having an unusual cold spell and we were thrilled that the heater worked very well. We enjoyed the safe, quiet and non-touristy neighborhood. The house was clean but I think the cleaner missed part of the bathroom. House was generally well-equipped, but I could have used a blender and iron. Great to come home from a day of action. Internet connection was intermittent. The owner was very responsive to try to help. Queen-size bed was good as were all the nice bedding and towels. Very good washer + dryer a plus. We ate in many highly rated and local restaurants and the best Jambalaya we had was from Whole Foods down the block. We needed to rent a car, (plenty of on-street parking), but you could easily get around without one. Beware if you do have a car, that NOLA has a parking regulation that you cannot park 20 feet from an intersection! This applies whether or not the intersection is marked. We got a $40 ticket near the convention center. Would be happy to rent again.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
12.8 Miles
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Frankie and Johnny's
Nearest Ferry
5.1 Miles
Algiers Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.9 Miles
Audobon Park
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
4.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Frankie and Johnny's
Car: not necessary

This is a sauntering neighborhood, the kind where everyone talks to each other while they walk their dogs or discuss the fate of the Times Picayune over a scone at Laurel Street Bakery or meet a local author at a reading at Octavia Street Books.

The Octavia Cottage is 9 blocks from Audubon Park with it's live Oak and bike path for running or rollerblading. You can see the giraffes' necks above the fence from the park itself, loll under an ancient Oak and remember how it feels to have nothing but time and the promise of an Oyster poboy at Domilese's or the Soul Rebels at Le Bon Temps.

It is close to Tulane and Loyola, two blocks from Magazine Street which stretches miles to the Quarter with shops from uptown to downtown, haute couture to funky vintage. Hop the Magazine bus to the Quarter.

This is also an eating neighborhood with Patois, Clancy's, Upperline, all within walking distance from the Octavia cottage.

The cottage is a half a block from coffee shops, one and a half blocks to Whole Foods, boutiques, and yoga studios. Ten blocks from St. Charles Avenue and the historic streetcar. It's only a short ride to the French Quarter by streetcar.

Slow down and behave like a New Orleanian, which is to say, 'Do what ya wanna.' Bike down the bike path along the levee on the Mississippi, which stretches for miles and miles, or eat a poboy and take a nap at 'The Fly,' the river park only 9 blocks from the cottage, and watch the tug boats show you the river's true size.

Of course if live music is the reason you've come, it will be all around you. Le Bon Temps is close by for the Soul Rebels on Thursday night, or Tipitina's on Napoleon Avenue. The hardest thing about being here is not ever having enough time to do all of the things you'll want to do.

The neighborhood is safe to walk or bike and will make you want to move to New Orleans or hurry back to what you may decide is your home. Hurrying is something you'll have forgotten how to do by the time you leave.


Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

West Riverside Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100
Notes High season rates apply for Festivals, Holidays, special events in the city, for example: French Quarter Festival, Graduation, Essence Festival, Halloween, Voodoo Festival, Sugar Bowl, New Year's Eve, Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival.

Rate is based on double occupancy. The rate for each additional person is 25.00 per person per night, thus, 3 people, 140.00, 4 people 165 per night.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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West Riverside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
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  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Updated with claw foot tub, natural light, subway tiled floor.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Art Deco Bedroom - 1 queen , New high end memory foam mattress and foundation
  • Queen size Beds (1) Luscious top of the line new memory foam mattress and foundation. Queen size new sofa sleeper in the living room.
  • Music Library
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing

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