Strolling Through NOLA’s Garden District

I’m a sucker for pretty neighborhoods with beautiful homes. So I was beyond excited to check out NOLA’s Historic Garden District.

Garden DistrictThe Garden District was a settlement space for the new American residents of New Orleans to keep their distance from the American’s of European descent who primary called the French Quarter home. Today the Garden District is lively neighborhood filled with beautiful Victorian style homes with large porches and stunning architecture. The neighborhood has become so popular over time it’s caught the attention of many celebrities who own homes in the neighborhood including; Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Cage, and the Manning Family.

garden-district.jpgThe home pictured below became well-known when the 2009 Brad Pitt blockbuster film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was filmed here. It’s now widely referred to as “the Benjamin Button house”

Garden-district.jpgShortly after her highly publicized divorce from husband Jesse James, Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, put her California beach home on the market and moved into the stunning Garden District home pictured below.

IMG_9124One of my favorite things about the Garden District was the stunning trees laced all along the roads.

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garden-district.jpgAlthough Mardi Gras comes once a year, beads and bright colors are found everywhere at all times of the year in New Orleans.

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garden-distrcit.jpgPictured below is the childhood home of NFL Quarterbacks and brothers, Peyton and Eli Manning. Their father, Archie Manning, played Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints for 11 years, so the family made NOLA it’s second home and still own the home long after Archie’s career has been over.

garden-distrcit.jpgIf you go

  • Although there are some Garden District tours that are free (yes, really free!) reservations are required, and as always, tips are kosher and appreciated.
  • Tours are usually at least a mile in length. The walking is relaxed and there is stopping to look at specific homes, but make sure everyone in your party is able to walk the mile long distance.
  • A tour will not allow you access into the homes. Many of the homes are private residences and not open for tourists to explore.
  • If a tour is not something you’re interested in the Garden District is very walkable on your own, and a few simple google searches will give you the locations of some of the most famous homes in the district.

The Historic Garden District is one of the best neighborhoods to stroll through in New Orleans. Don't miss it!

What did you think of the famous Garden District in New Orleans?

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  • That looks very interesting, how cool that they kept the home after his career endef!

    • my thoughts exactly! I suppose New Orleans really did feel like home to the family after living there for 11 years.

  • Those houses are absolutely stunning. All the ironwork is so beautiful, and the trees; I particularly love the photo of the mossy routes. This looks like a perfect place for a leisurely wander, and all the better if you can have a guided tour with some info as well. And then donuts afterwards… right?!

    • lol! YES to the donuts!!! always yes to donuts! haha.

  • I loved our tour of the Garden District! I thought that it was a lot of fun to hear the history of this famous area of NOLA, and to be able to see some of the celebrity homes in the area. Plus you can’t beat how beautiful all the houses are!

    • I loved it too! of course, I was expecting the celebs to just be in their yards waiting for a friendly wave from me as I passed by. sadly, no luck on that one. lol

  • I adored strolling down Prytania and ogling all the houses. I loved the wide street lined with gnarly old trees.

    • the trees I think are what makes the neighborhood so stunning! The homes by themselves are gorgeous, but add in the character of the old trees and it just takes the whole atmosphere of the neighborhood up 5 notches for me.

  • This is soo cool! These homes are so charmingly beautiful. I found myself mentally “house hunting” my way through your post as I scrolled through haha.

    • lol! I was doing the same thing! I loved Sandra Bullock’s home! her’s was definitly at the top of my house hunting list. πŸ™‚

  • Ahila Thillainathan

    Beautiful photos of the homes. New Orleans is one of the two places that I want to explore when I visit the States again. Thanks for sharing this at Travel Tuesday, Carrie.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to make it to New Orleans some time in the future! It truly is a great city! πŸ™‚

  • I have heard about this neighborhood but didn’t know the story behind it. It didn’t know it was so famous with actors and actresses. I would love to take the guided tour. I am a bit surprised it is free but hey, that is an advantage.

    • I was very surprised about it being free as well, Ruth! I suppose if you add in a tip it’s not completely free, but still, quite impressive how affordable of a site seeing option it is.

  • I am a sucker for pretty neighborhoods too. Love the beads in the Stop sign! So emblematic for NOLA πŸ™‚ This location has been on my bucketlist for such a long time and now with this link up, it is getting harder to keep it short and sweet. But thanks so much for the wanderful inspiration!!

    • It’s definitely a city that’s worth a visit! I hope you make it there. Thanks for hosting πŸ™‚

  • Your pictures totally remind me of that movie! And how I love all those cute pastel houses! It’s such a fascinating architecture over there!

    • I completely agree! my head was definitely on a swivel the entire time, and of course my camera was snapping non-stop, haha. Thanks for hosting!

  • Oh my! I totally agree with you, what is better than these kind of houses and gardens? They are picture perfect! Some of these houses don’t even look real, it’s as if they are straight out of a book. Beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us on Wanderful Wednesday.

    • I was amazed at how many celebs have houses there! i really had no clue! but I can see their draw to it. it’s a stunning neighborhood. thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  • rae

    Oh man, it looks like New Orleans is just full of beautiful out houses and lovely gardens! Thanks for sharing these stunning photos! The first pink house has got to be my favorite!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • the pink and the blues were my favorites as well! πŸ™‚

  • Wow, you sure find some beautiful spots! Love the little touch of Mardi Gras πŸ™‚

    • oh yes, mardi gras is never far away in new orleans that’s for sure, haha.

  • Wow … so I have to admit I didn’t know about the Garden District in NOLA … is that bad? Hahah .. It’s beautiful though!! Just another reason for me to visit! The homes and yards are just so perfect! Thanks for putting another spot on my radar and thanks for linking up for #WanderfulWednesday Carrie! πŸ˜€

    • yay! i always love hearing when I’ve told someone about a place or area they’ve never heard of! thanks for hosting Lauren πŸ™‚

  • Grey World Nomads

    A lovely place and beautiful houses. If I wouldn’t be a nomad by heart I could warm up to live in Garden District in NOLA. Nice houses.

    • haha, I hear you! It was fascinating to me how many celebs lived there!

  • I love all the houses! I would love to do this someday.

    • they were ever better in person! everything always is! haha πŸ™‚

  • Peter Berggren

    A wonderful post and an area I’ve never seen. Really makes me want to visit!!

    • Thank you so much, Peter! I hope you get a chance to visit someday!