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Donya Knudsen

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish

Charming 1897 Side-Hall Victorian Home Steps Away From Historic St. Charles Ave

47 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Central City/Garden District House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathroom, sleeps 4 couples comfortably plus more

This property is a two story side hall Victorian built in 1897. It features three upstairs bedrooms (king, king, queen); two upstairs full bathrooms and a downstairs half bathroom/utility room inclusive of washer/dryer; a den with a couch that converts to a queen bed; a full kitchen complete with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, cooking ware, glassware, silverware, and plate ware; a dining area; a living room; and a private and back patio inclusive of a gas grill. The home comfortably sleeps four couples, but can accommodate groups of up to ten people using existing beds and single person air beds. It is fully furnished with good areas for both groups and privacy. Elegance and comfort are available here.

The property is centrally located at the edge of the Garden District. It a two and a half block walk to the streetcar. It is less than two miles from the central business district, the French Quarter, the Superdome, and Magazine Street. There is a great selection of restaurants (fine dining and casual) and cocktail establishments within a four block radius.

Most of all this is not a hotel or a guest house--it is home. It opens the door to everything that New Orleans has to offer a visitor while making you feel that you are surely from here.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donya Knudsen (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish

About Donya Knudsen

My family has lived in Louisiana for about 300 years, dating back to the Cajun Expulsion. We have owned homes in New Orleans for over twenty years, raised our children here, become grandparents here, and truly love living in this wonderful city. We hope and believe that the next thousand generations of Causey’s and Knudsen’s will have a connection to this place that we cherish as it has become a journey both appreciated and worthwhile.

Donya Knudsen purchased this house in 1997

Why Donya Knudsen chose New Orleans

I recall looking for weeks with nothing that really met my expectations. I wondered whether my home as I imagined it did not exist. I finally tried an agent that completely understood. She showed me one property and I knew the moment I walked in the door. My first home is now my guest house. May you feel much as I did at that first viewing many years ago.

What makes this house unique

This nineteenth century New Orleans home is ideally suited for families and friends who want to enjoy Mardi Gras, French Quarter Festival, Jazz Festival, Saints home games, weddings, and reunions while centrally and comfortably located at the edge of the Garden District. Easy access by streetcar to Audubon Zoo, Parks, Tulane and Loyola Universities, The Superdome, restaurants such as Commander's Palace, Delmonico, and the beautiful veranda at the Columns Hotel. The French Quarter and historic Marigny neighborhoods are only minutes away by streetcar or short taxi ride.

Inside you will find items from Pakistan, Greece, Spain, Indonesia, Korea, Nigeria, Honduras, Scotland, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. You will find an extensive home library of good books including children’s books.

You will find places to be together as well as plenty of places where you can have privacy. All of the bedrooms are located upstairs including the master suite which enjoys its own bathroom. In addition to a more formal parlor, there is also sun room which is bright and cheerful. The kitchen is fully furnished with modern appliances, and there is a washer and dryer for your convenience. It is comfortable and unique home and we believe you will truly enjoy staying here.

This home has nineteen windows and twelve foot ceilings which give the house an airy comfortable feel. Throughout the home you will find original crown molding, ceiling medallions, and Venetian glass light fixtures. It has two sets of French doors in the sun room that lead out to a private courtyard shaded by a magnificent crepe myrtle, and surrounded by camellias.

This fully furnished home is ideally priced for groups of people requiring more than one room at peak celebration times in the city. The convenience of its location and the bonus associated with the privacy of a home makes this location ideal for groups or families wishing to have a unique experience living as a 'local' New Orleanian.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home!! We appreciated all the hard work that you have put into maintaining and decorating it. And we were very comfortable.



My father had a great time, getting to visit his old neighborhood and the family plot in the cemetery, plus the aquarium, zoo, and insectarium. Our best meal was at Mandinas, and we have several other fine meals.



Many thanks.
Jan 2015
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Reviews

4.7
based on 47 traveler reviews

Charming 1897 Side-Hall Victorian Home Steps Away From Historic St. Charles Ave
average rating of 4.7021275 based on 52 reviews
4

Legit NOLA experience!

  • 4 of 5

We rented this really old & beautiful home for our family girls' weekend. We all loved it! So much better than a cramped & noisy hotel experience in the quarter BY FAR (we're from Louisiana, so have all been there & done that & don't feel the need to repeat!) Short 2 block walk to streetcar & it brings you right where you want to be to get started traipsing the French Quarter. Beds were very comfy, plenty of room for the 10 of us, & they had air mattresses available also if we didn't want to share beds. Owners were VERY accommodating & went above & beyond to help us with transportation for my mom to get there from Slidell (huge THANKS!) I definitely recommend this property & I'm keeping it on my faves list for future NOLA trips!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My husband enjoyed the opportunity to travel with your Mother. This is the first time we have really done this and everything including the company was just fine. Thank you for appreciating that there is more to NOLA than just the French Quarter. I recognize the importance and the lure of that section of town, but want people to know that there is much more to here than just that. I forward my appreciation for your visit and of course will be pleased to see you again. Regards, Donya
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5

Great time in New Orleans

  • 5 of 5

I was truly amazed with this rental! It had everything that we were looking for in the trip including close proximity to the major areas of New Orleans, a very authentic New Orleans style house, and very accommodating hosts!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I truly appreciate your review. I am aware that this was your first ever trip to NOLA and am thrilled that you were able to have the experience you deserved the first time in. May you return for many more. Regards, Donya
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5

spacious home, great location

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with our stay in NoLa. We were a group of 8 and there was more than enough space for us to gather together (both inside and out) as well as have some privacy if needed. The house is a short walk from the shops and whatnot on Magazine St and a quick ride into the French Quarter. Donya and Temple went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed, were comfortable...from having the house stocked with cream and coffee to putting out extra pillows, blankets, and air mattresses (which we didn't even need) they were wonderful hosts. Would definitely recommend to others and stay here again myself.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this very complimentary review. It is always encouraging to know that the effort toward details is appreciated by my guests. For what it is worth, cream for coffee was requested by the party. Hopefully that along with our New Orleans Community coffee made for a satisfying breakfast experience. Thank you for your visit. Regards, Donya
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4

Very well located!

  • 4 of 5

This was a truly authentic New Orleans house. On the very strong points, it was located great. It was a 2 minute walk to the St. Charles street car and from there a 15 minute ride to all that was happening. We went for a graduation, and it was easy access to the colleges as well - about 15 - 20 minutes to either Tulane or Layola. Very easy and convenient. If you didn't want to go far, there was also a lot within walking distance. The area itself felt safe and neighborly. The house itself was large and roomy. It has three bedrooms but the back den offers really a 4th. there is also a nice back yard to sit in for the AM. All the utilities worked well and the air conditioner was a blessing. Lastly, the owner was easy to contact and deal with. She was very accommodating which was so nice.

Some of the weaker points - I do feel that the cosmetic aspect of the house could use a facelift -- especially the front. A good coat of paint would make the world of difference but really that is only cosmetic. The house itself was nice. For elderly, the inside stairs are numerous due to the high ceilings, but again, there is always the Den if that is an issue. I also recommended that the front outside stairs have a railing added for safety. Also, the floors in the den are not 100% level, but that was not a biggie - instead it was more of a "character" of the house to us.

All in all, the house was nice and I was happy with the choice that we made.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this thoughtful review. I am pleased that you found the home convenient, comfortable, and in excellent working order. My husband and I have worked very hard to make sure that such is always true. Noted that the exterior needs paint. I have long had this on my list and hope to be able to do this some day. It is major work with a large price tag. A few more good business years may get me to the point where this can be a project. The building is strong and for now is not deteriorating while it waits on a refurbishment. Floors in places are indeed not level. My husband also tells me there is not good flatness to the walls or good squareness to the corners. Thank you for recognizing that such is the character of the house built in 1897. Thank you for mentioning the fourth room. The downstairs sun room behind the kitchen is convertible to a good sleeping space. in the past twelve months I added the most comfortable queen sleeper sofa I could find and the privacy curtains. I am very proud of this room. Also thank you for noting the good AC system. If the central air fails each bedroom has a back-up window unit and the downstairs common rooms do as well. There is never the possibility of not being comfortable in a very warm New Orleans. The front stair rail has been looked at by myself in the past. I added tread several years ago to minimize danger from slipping in wet weather. I at that time I had concluded that hand rails for to the four stair entry would not work well. I looked at this again as part of responding to this review. I have again concluded that hand rails are not practical here mainly because it would have to be positioned in the center and not at the side. This would have the effect of restricting the walkway to some extent. I did modify my pre-arrival letter to emphasize that the stairs at the rear doorway to the house does have handrails. For guests that struggle with stairs this is now the recommended path. Additionally I have added a rear door key to each guest set for convenience. I sincerely hope this is a good solution albeit not exactly what the review called for. In closing, thank you again for your business and thank you for taking the time to feed back. Please return as a guest if the opportunity arises. Warm regards, Donya
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5

Perfect weekend

  • 5 of 5

My family of 8 stayed in this huge and beautiful home. There was plenty of space for everyone to hangout in the living room, sun room, or the wonderful courtyard but privacy if you needed it. When we walked in there was jazz music playing and lights on for a true New Orleans welcome! The owners had clear instructions on everything for the house including near by activities, restaurants, and shops. The house had everything you would need besides groceries, including extra shampoo, lotion, and towels. We were there for the marathon so it was short walk to St. Charles and easy access to the street car. To top off this great weekend, my boyfriend proposed to me in the courtyard and it could not have been more perfect! Definitely would rent again!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So this will absolutely be a first for this house--a proposal!! How wonderful for you. I am so pleased that this home made your weekend somewhat of a reference for you moving forward. May you be happy in whatever is ahead. Regards, Donya
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5

Just awesome!

  • 5 of 5

What a great weekend! 7 of us stayed in this electic, welcoming, fun house for a bachelorette party! Ms. Donya and Mr. Temple were most welcoming and beyond accommodating. The house was fantastic and so much fun! There were so many knick knacks and great books! It was like a museum of stuff we could touch!! We even found a couple books that summed up the weekend, most notably "Crazy Ladies". We slept 2 to a bed with one on fold up couch. Everyone found all of the beds very comfortable and there were plenty of linens to go around. The courtyard was perfect for the group and w the beautiful weather, we were out there as much as possible! I recommend this house ten fold! Great location, parking was easily found, and the street car stop was just a short walk. Thank you so much for your New Orleans hospitality. I can't wait to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your enthusiastic endorsement! Ladies groups continue to appreciate this location to celebrate upcoming nuptials of dear friends. I look forward to these events and understand the importance of them being memorable. Great to hear you loved the house and that your weekend was what it needed to be. Donya
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Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Igor's Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Algiers Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Audubon Park
Nearest Train
2 Miles
New Orleans Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 10, Highway 90
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Emeril's Delmonico
Nearest Beach
70 Miles
Biloxi/Gulf Port Mississippi
Car: recommended

Located off of St. Charles and Jackson Avenues within walking distance of the street car line; fine and casual dining; jovial drinking establishments; Magazine Street antique shopping; and the Mardi Gras Parade routes. The French Quarter is two miles distant and accessible via the street car that passes several times an hour. The Fair Grounds where the annual Jazz Festival is celebrated is a fifteen minute ride by car or bicycle and additionally accessible by public transport for the more adventurous. The beauty of Audubon and City Parks with access to walking, picknicking, golfing, tennis, and museums is also only a fifteen minute drive by auto. The house is a two story, fully furnished, 1897 side hall victorian with a private patio area in the back. It comfortably sleeps three couples and a single. You will be ideally positioned to fully enjoy New Orleans in the same way that people who live in this wonderful place do.

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Rates & Availability

Central City/Garden District House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Normal Rate 3 (2016)
May 2 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,400
 
 
Normal Rate 1 (2017)
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,400
 
 
Mardi Gras 2017
Feb 22 2017 - Feb 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
Normal Rate 2 (2017)
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,400
 
 
Jazz Festival 2017
Apr 27 2017 - May 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
$500
$3,000
 
 
Normal Rate 3
May 8 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$400
$2,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $100

Normal rates (off peak) are $400/day; $2400/week plus insurance ($59), plus cleaning ($100); two night minimum
Peak seasons are currently identified as 2016 Mardi Gras; 2016 Jazz Festival. Rates for these peaks as follows:
2016 Mardi Gras $3000/week plus insurance ($59), plus cleaning ($100); one week minimum (Feb 04-10)
2016 Jazz Festival $500/day plus insurance ($59), plus cleaning ($100); 4 night minimum (Apr 21-May1)
Limited to 10 guests

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Amenities

Central City/Garden District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located in Master Bedroom (upstairs).
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located in hallway adjacent to Bedrooms (upstairs).
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Includes a washer and dryer.
  • Towels and wash cloths provided. Body wash and hand gel soap provided. The guests are requested to provide their own shampoos, rinses, and conditioners.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom with bathroom (upstairs).
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Bathroom shared with bedroom 3 (upstairs).
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bathroom shared with bedroom 2 (upstairs).
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Den with sleeper sofa. Downstairs toilet.
  • 3 couples and 1 single sleep comforably. Additional (existing) sleeping arrangements include a large couch that would comfortably sleep an adult and a large ottoman that would comforably sleep a child. Additional bedding (high quality single person air beds) can be arranged for up to a maximum of ten people sleeping in the house.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Notes:
Please advise if there are any special needs you may have. We are able to arrange for house keeping, transportation, private tours, food, beverages, catering reservations, event information, etc. as requested by our guests. Services provided by ourselves will be billed at cost plus 15%. Information and recommendations are of course free of charge.

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