6 Fabulous Moderns At Any Price

It's no secret I love a modern home. My own home in Central City is ultra-modern (click here to view). Don't get me wrong, I love old houses with their charm and mystique, but a bold modern statement is really where my heart lies. Below are some of the best modern homes on the market right now in a variety of price points. 

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Located in Metairie along Lake Pontchartrain, this grand contemporary definitely takes advantage of its amazing Lake views. A serious bargain if you're willing to look outside of New Orleans proper. 

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This luxe Lee Ledbetter-designed, steel framed contemporary is seriously swanky. Hailing from the bird streets along Lake Pontchartrain, my favorite feature is the paneled wall in the living space with gallery shelving. I may steal that idea for myself.

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The Irish Channel's newest condo development with prices ranging from the high $200s to the low $400s. These new modern units are ultra-cool and super efficient. All within walking distance to Magazine Street. 

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I am in LOVE with these modern builds along Bienville. They have truly thought of everything here. The layouts are perfect and the finishes are spot on. They’re well-designed and well-built, just a block from the Canal Streetcar and a stone’s throw to the bayou. 

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This petite modern packs a lot of punch on its small footprint. What it lacks in outdoor space it makes up for in amenities. The garage is a huge bonus, and there are two potential office spaces. It’s the perfect solution for the busy professional who would prefer to come home to a low-maintenance lifestyle. 

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Sustainable in Central City. I live a couple of blocks from this house and have always loved it. It has a really awesome layout with moveable walls, and the mural on the exterior is iconic in the neighborhood. Central City has seen so much growth, especially in the past year, and that’s only expected to continue. 

3 Sexiest NOLA Restaurants + Bonus Spot

Valentine’s Day might be a manufactured Hallmark holiday, but I thought it would be fun to roundup some of my favorite spots to set the vibe, whether you do it February 14th or any other day. I also decided to throw in a post-dinner lagniappe spot for you too :)

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This dimly-lit French Quarter restaurant is moody and dark in all the right ways. The food is rich but refined, and the atmosphere perfectly captures what you’d hope a romantic dinner in a small carriage house would be. This is my go-to recommendation for friends visiting the city as well. 

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Bon Appetite called it ‘The most romantic French restaurant in the world…4,792 miles from Paris.’ They weren’t wrong. N7 is part restaurant, part movie set. Difficult to find (which only adds to its allure) and surrounded by lush gardens, it’s the perfect spot to dine outside and drink bottles of beautiful French wines. 

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Located in an old CBD townhouse next to the Ace Hotel, Seaworthy is a warm, layered space that evokes a different time and place. Dripping candlewax and cozy seating make it hard to fight the romantic vibe. 

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I didn’t include Bacchanal on this list because it’s not exactly where I would go to have a fabulous romantic dinner, but it would certainly be my nightcap, so I added it as a bonus for you. After a fabulous meal at any of the gorgeous restaurants above, I’d find myself at Bacchanal, drinking wine under the twinkling courtyard lights and listening to music. It’s the magic we all know and love that only Bacchanal can create. It’s a romantic, effortless oasis in New Orleans to me. 

10 NOLA Homes Between $400-500K

This is by far my most requested property search: A move-in ready, three bedroom, two bathroom, single-family home under $500K. So I thought I would do a little roundup of what's available in the market meeting that criteria right now. So here we go!

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Brand new in Broadmoor, this two-story home has tons of space, inside and out. Classic finishes, a great backyard, and plenty of parking for everyone. 

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Freshly located just two blocks from all the action on Freret Street, this newly renovated property shows better in person. And as a former Freretian, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have Freret St. at your doorstep.

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A stone’s throw from booming Freret St., this property has some serious curb appeal! Plenty of living space, storage, and a fabulous mud-room. Parking can be a bit tough on the block, but thankfully the property has off-street parking. 

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Built in 2015, this Bywater cutie has a great-sized backyard for the area. I also love the layout downstairs, with an open kitchen and a living/dining space that leads right out onto the deck and backyard. 

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This Uptown property certainly has walkability on its side, being so close to all the Magazine Street magic! Off-street parking with an electric gate is certainly a perk. It also has beautiful reclaimed wood floors, a large deck, and landscaped courtyard. 

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Located in a developing area, the location still has great access to lots of Mid City conveniences like Bayou St. John and City Park. This is one of my favorite buys on the list.

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Down in the Bywater, this brand-new construction has packed a lot into its 1500 sqft footprint. They’ve also done a great job of adding historic touches with reclaimed wood floors and recycled barge board details. 

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Another beauty hailing from Algiers Point, this double-galleried brand-new construction has a fabulous kitchen and dream backyard. Plenty of room for a pool!

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This adorable Irish Channel home has some pretty cool perks: a metal roof, working fireplace, and off-street parking. If you can look past some style-specific cosmetic features, this house actually has great bones. 

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Located in Algiers Point, New Orleans’ best kept secret and one of the most walkable neighborhoods in town. Vallette has some awesome upgrades, like the built-out wine closet, an office, and the best master shower on the list. 

6 Healthy NOLA Lunch Spots

Hope this blog post finds you achieving all of your 2018 resolutions! It’s no secret I’m a proponent of a healthy, plant-based lifestyle, so I thought I'd list of some of my favorite spots to grab a healthy bite without a lot of guilt. Not all of these are vegan, but all of them offer delicious WHOLE PLANT FOODS for the busy person on the go. And who doesn't need more of that in their life?!

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Located Uptown, this new restaurant is my new favorite plant-based lunch spot. I really like that they include the calorie counts on their menu, in case you're keeping track. The NOLA bowl is so so yummy! 

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Located in the CBD and in the St. Roch Market, The Daily Beet serves salads, bowls, and toasts. The menu isn't totally plant-based, but they've got plenty of great vegan options for breakfast and lunch.

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Located on Magazine Street, Superfood Bar is my smoothie go-to spot. They have a really great selection of raw salads and cold-pressed juices. Honestly, I really head there for the smoothies, but my friend loves the wraps too. 

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As the name implies, the whole menu is raw. Raw Republic has my favorite green juices in town along with great wraps and other snacks. Confession: I have developed a pretty serious addiction to their dehydrated fig bars. 

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Seed has vegan alternatives of some of your favorite comfort foods, like po-boys, nachos, and beignets. It’s a great spot to splurge without breaking your caloric bank. I get the nachos with seitan almost every time, but my 10-year-old can't get enough of the tofu nuggets.

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Poke Loa bowls are served cafeteria-style which gives you a lot of control over what you put in them. Since I’m vegan, I skip the Poke all together (although they do have a tofu option), but I never feel like I'm missing out. 

5 Mid-Century Homes For Sale Around New Orleans

Mid-Century Modern architecture is certainly not something we're particularly spoiled with in New Orleans. We have to dig a little deeper and, usually, get a little further out of the city to find those little gems. With their wide open spaces, warm wood accents, and glass paneled walls, they are some of my favorite style properties to show. So grab a martini, turn on some Frank Sinatra, and revel in these 5 Mid-Century stunners available on the market right now: 

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Out in the Bird Streets of Lake Vista, this property was built in 1947 and is a Mid-Century brick ranch. My favorite feature in the home by far is the untouched kitchen cabinetry. 

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If you've got money to spend, this beautiful Curtis & Davis- designed home is epic with a stunning glass wall with a bridge over the pool. All in the middle of Uptown. 

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This East Lakeshore home was built in the early 60's and is ripe for some updating, but I really love this architectural canopied entrance. 

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Located near St. Martins, this architect-designed 1961 home is painstakingly maintained and virtually all original. This vaulted paneled ceiling is present in several rooms. 

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Enviable Old Metairie location. This early 50's home truly brings the outside in- a cornerstone feature of any Mid-Century Modern design.