One of the reasons I got my real estate license in New Orleans is my love of old, historic homes. There's no place better than the French Quarter to soak up our city's historical architecture, but many of the small condos there could use a serious facelift.
I met my clients Tom and Myrna a few years ago on a visit to the city. They were interested in purchasing a vacation home, but weren't quite ready to take the plunge. Fast forward two years later and they called me up, ready to make a purchase.
We found a number of good options, but there was one, clear winner for all of us: an open-concept studio in a small building on Chartres Street that needed A LOT of work. Usually I find these places and have to convince my clients of the potential, but Tom and Myrna saw it immediately.
We got a great deal and after closing, they hired a contractor who immediately went to work. Tom and Myrna invited me back over Mardi Gras and I was blown away by the result. Under the carpet were beautiful, old floors. They refinished the old wood, which perfectly balances the modern quartz counter-tops in the kitchen and bath.
The living area sparkles with a gorgeous pair of chandeliers and the furnishings have traditional New Orleans appeal, with a contemporary feel. They kept the colors neutral and seamlessly blended gold and silver accents throughout. I was able to snap a few quick cell phone pics and you'll see, the transformation is incredible.
Kudos to my clients for bringing this historic old condo into the 21st century. I hope they'll make many wonderful memories in the years ahead!