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Owner / Property manager David Ray

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german

Classic Bungalow On A Quiet Street In The Heart Of The City

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Fairgrounds Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 6 Sleeps

Can accommodate 6 people in 2 bedrooms and bright sun room with fold out couch; fully equipped and appliances kitchen, comfortable living room and dining room.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Owner / Property manager David Ray (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german

About Owner / Property manager David Ray

We are physicians living in upstate New York, husband a native upstater, wife a fourth generation New Orleanian who lived in Louisiana until she graduated from medical school; large extended family in New Orleans including a brother across the street from this property

Owner / Property manager David Ray purchased this bungalow in 2006

Why Owner / Property manager David Ray chose Downtown

Purchased after Katrina for the matriarch of the family who lived in this house until she was 95 years old and was a fixture of the neighborhood

What makes this bungalow unique

A unique neighborhood in a unique city. A small town feel with locally owned coffee shops, wine store, bookstore, pharmacy, markets and restaurants within a few blocks, all of which exhibit the bohemian flare you expect to find in New Orleans


based on 16 traveler reviews

Classic Bungalow On A Quiet Street In The Heart Of The City
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Feels like Home!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to stay while visiting in New Orleans. My daughter and I really enjoyed the neighborhood. Your home had everything we needed. It was nice to have off street parking!

We visit New Orleans often (it's where I grew up) ~~ so definitely will stay here again when

my husband & I come back. Our contact person was extremely helpful and fun! And the Saints beat Atlanta while we were there :) - Who Dat!! Thanks for your wonderful home. I will certainly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a really great location. it's in walking distance of several really great restaurants, the street car, a couple of markets, the art museum, and city park. I stayed here for two months I a business trip with my parents and we all enjoyed our stay. The property managers live right across the street and are really nice and very helpful. This was just a really great place to stay. You won't regret booking this house for your next trip to New Orleans.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walk in the park

  • 5 of 5

Renting this property was so easy! It was a very enjoyable little getaway with the family. Everything is so close. Breakfast, dinner, supper and the grocery store and just a few steps away!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best location in New Orleans

  • 5 of 5

For non-drivers ... this is the best neighborhood in New Orleans. Easy walk for great restaurants, coffee shops, grocery store, and City Park. Quick cab ride downtown, if you're looking for nightlife.

Owner and manager are great. House is charming, and the front porch is fantastic. I could not be happier.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Location!

  • 5 of 5

This house was a true gem! The location was way closer than we could imagine to City Park, and was within walking distance of plenty of little stores and a cafe. The house is also bigger than expected. The owners were very easy to work with and extremely nice and knowledgeable of the area. Would definitely recommend to any friends!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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OK house.

  • 3 of 5

Overall we had a nice stay. House was a little run down (cracked kitchen tiles, bedroom ceiling plaster spots missing), but very clean. Air conditioning worked great. My main problem was communication with owner. 2 days before our stay I realized he had not given me instructions on how to get key, so I sent a couple a emails - no response. The next day I started calling every 15 minutes and luckily the owner's wife happened to be home for lunch and gave me the contact number. Local contact was responsive and we got in all right, but it sure was a bad/worried start to our stay.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Louis Armstrong (New Orleands International)
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Located in a self contained, fully walkable community within the city of New Orleans. Within walking distance are 4 excellent independent restaurants, two local coffee spots (not chains!), a locally owned wine shop with weekly tastings and a locally owned bookstore. Jazz Fest is literally in our back yard, and City Park with the New Orleans Museum, tennis courts and acres of open land around the bayous is a 5 minute walk. The French Quarter is an easy 15 minute bike ride, or catch the streetcar near City Park. As for the neighborhood itself, here's what the Times Picayune roving reporter had to say:

A jazzy little block off Esplanade

The Times-Picayune

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: A sliver of Faubourg St. John (in the Esplanade Ridge Historic District) snuggled up to the Fair Grounds Racetrack and wedged between the cemeteries and Esplanade Avenue. This small enclave includes three short streets -- Verna, Marie and Leda -- all carved from the extensive grounds of the landmark Luling Mansion, also known as the Louisiana Jockey Club.

THE BLOCK: The 1400 block of Verna Court on the racetrack (or even) side of the street, just off Esplanade Avenue. Houses on this side back onto the Fair Grounds.

THE HOUSES: An assortment of early 20th-century houses in varying sizes and styles. There is no real pattern. One comes right up to the sidewalk, another is set far back; one has an ample front yard and garden, another is on a terraced lot. Yet emblems of early 20th-century style, such as exposed rafter tails and low, wide dormers, are abundant and help unite the group.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY STEPHANIE BRUNO / THE TIMES-PICAYUNEThe houses in the 1400 block of Verna Court have a bird's-eye view of Jazzfest just across the fence. The structures are as varied as the melodies their owners can hear from the front porches.

What would it be like to have the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell in your backyard? To sit on your porch and listen to the music, to people-watch as fest-goers walk by? There are a few blocks that afford such an experience: Any place on Fortin Street, where one of the entrances is; maybe on the lake side of the track, near Belfort Street.

But I want to visit Verna Court, because I have always been fascinated by the tiny hideaway and where it is situated.

Anatomy of the block

Verna runs roughly north-south, like Leda Court, while Marie Street runs east-west. The streets were named for sisters when the grounds of the Luling Mansion were subdivided. At the north end of Verna, on the racetrack side, there are no houses, just a fence and a view of the track. A tree holds a child's swing. A little closer to Esplanade are the houses, about eight total. I focus on a group of four in the center, because their individual personalities draw me in. A pretty interesting group of residents seems to have chosen this block.

I start with a large stucco house with terraced grounds and a large, square tower. You could watch the horse races (or Neville Brothers) from here. This house still has a terra-cotta tile roof, and the color is picked up in the accent hue applied to the window sash.

Next door, a more modest Arts and Crafts-style house is enlivened with vivid, warm colors. It has a low, wide dormer and a roof overhang with exposed rafter tails. But what really gets my attention is the front yard. Half of it -- the side closer to Esplanade -- is sand, and it's clearly a playground for children. Under the cypress tree, I see toy trucks and a pail -- someone has been digging. Fanciful metal sculptures are arranged in the sand field, too: They look like stylized jazz musicians, but maybe I just have music on my mind.

A two-story purple house stands next door. Someone has taken a lot of time to get the colors just right, design the garden and add personal elements. I take a closer look at the gable boards and think that perhaps they have been created especially for this house. The pattern of carving is one I have never seen anywhere else. The garden is lush and features a metal orb fountain. Who would think that olive, purple and salmon would work well together? But they do. The biggest chromatic surprise: blue under the eaves and on the porch floor.

After the exuberance of the dragon house (did I forget to mention the dragon on one of the gables?), the simplicity of the adjacent Craftsman double is almost comforting. A terraced lot leads to a porch with chaste white columns neatly set off by red brick. Cement planters hold begonias, which add another bit of color.


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Fairgrounds Bungalow Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $200

Special event rates apply for Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest

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Fairgrounds Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 1 full bath with tub and shower, one full bath with shower only
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • 2 bedrooms one with full double and one with twin beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • kayaking

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