I’m a sucker for pretty neighborhoods with beautiful homes. So I was beyond excited to check out NOLA’s Historic Garden District.
The 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.
The 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”
Shortly 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.
One of my favorite things about the Garden District was the stunning trees laced all along the roads.
Although Mardi Gras comes once a year, beads and bright colors are found everywhere at all times of the year in New Orleans.
Pictured 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.
If 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.