The name alone conjures up so many diverse images — Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street revelry, fabulous jazz, incredible restaurants and picturesque oak-lined avenues with antebellum homes befitting the legacy of beauty and ambient charm left behind by French royalty and nobility.
But for those choosing to live in this extraordinary city — with its major international port — perhaps the best description is: eclectic.
Named after Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France, New Orleans has been long recognized as the “most unique” city in the United States. It even pre-dates the United States, having been founded in 1718.
The French Quarter itself is perhaps New Orleans’ best known locale, perched as it is right on the incredibly wide, incredibly powerful Mississippi River. Protecting the city that is surrounded by watery scenery is a system of miles of canals, more miles even than the City of Venice.
Canal Street, which borders the Quarter, is one of the widest streets in the world. So famous is the Quarter, it often comes as a surprise to visitors that beyond it’s “walls,” a city of great grace, traditional excellence and ultra sophistication thrives in quiet, elegant neighborhoods.
In a city where tradition matters, Latter & Blum boast a history that goes back generations, giving L&B Realtors a unique entre to New Orleans society and the homes they wish to sell — from gracious historic properties to contemporary urban settings.
The parade of celebrities who can be spied in The Big Easy (making movies, attending events or just having fun), are legendary. Among the celebrities decided to own a piece of this historic city are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Ann Rice, the Manning boys (Archie, Peyton and Eli), Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Bob Dylan, Nicholas Cage, Britney Spears, Pete Fountain, Harry Connick Jr., Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Wynton Marsalis, Emerill Lagasse and Drew Brees.
The most impressive thing is not how many celebs can be seen in New Orleans, but how so many returned to The Big Easy to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Although the hurricane devastated lower portions of the city, higher sections like the Quarter and the famed Garden District, with its magnificent homes, were only mildly impacted.
New Orleans is the keeper of great culture and history.
The National D-Day Museum commemorates the fact that the Higgins Landing Crafts (Normandy on D-Day) were built in New Orleans. The museum covers in depth the wars in the Pacific and Europe as well as on the homefront and in the air. In many areas, veterans who actually participated in specific battles are on hand to answer visitors’ questions.
Confederate Memorial Hall contains the second-largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the world. Lighthouses of note dot the commerce-heavy waterways meander through the area.
Gambling casinos, New Orleans Saints and their Superdome, the aquarium and other spectacular tourist activities are complimented by opportunities to treasure the past on riverboat cruises, streetcar rides and plantation tours. Speaking of the streetcars, the St. Charles street carline, along with the San Francisco cable car, are the nation’s only “mobile” national monuments.
And, ah, don’t forget all the voodoo legends that add tingling ambiance to tours of New Orleans’ famed cemeteries. Speaking of ambiance, if you’re going to live in New Orleans, you need to learn some of the lingo:
Vieux Carré — the French Quarter. Translates “old city”
Gris-gris – Pronounced . A (voodoo) spell. Can be applied for nefarious purposes (“to put a gris-gris on someone”), or as a force to ward off evil, like wearing a gris-gris bag. (Available for sale at voodoo shops in the Vieux Carré)
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez – Let the good times role. (used often at Mardi Gras)
NOLA — New Orleans Louisiana
New Orleans Trinity – green peppers, celery & onions (a must for most NOLA dishes)
Living in New Orleans is always “an experience,” as one resident put it. With the influx of so many different cultures over the years have come all the amenities that sophisticated gentry demand: the best in schools (including universities such as Tulane and Loyola), culture, arts, sports and, of course, cuisine and shopping.
Twenty National Register Historic Districts and fourteen local Historical Districts have been established in New Orleans, one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States. A Travel + Leisure poll of “America’s Favorite Cities” ranked New Orleans first in ten categories, the most first-place rankings of the 30 cities included.
Creole townhouses, notable for their large courtyards and intricate iron balconies, line French Quarter streets. Throughout the city, historic housing styles include Creole cottages, American townhouses, double-gallery houses and Raised Center-Hall Cottages. St. Charles Avenue is famed for large antebellum homes. New Orleans is also noted for the 24-mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway — the world’s longest bridge over water.
A positive picture is being painted by real estate sales watchers for the Greater New Orleans area. Some of the most beautiful homes in the nation, if not the world, can be found tucked into lush neighborhoods far from the tourist enclaves. As with exquisitely-luxurious homes in the Quarter, many of these larger homes keep their treasured upscale ambiance out of the public eye, reserved only for those who are invited in. Inner courtyards abound, as do state-of-the-art living environments hidden behind the rich traditional architecture so familiar in New Orleans.
In such a unique environment, it takes a real estate firm with deep, deep roots to penetrate beyond the glitz in New Orleans. Latter & Blum, Inc. Realtors® and affiliates C.J. Brown Realtors® Inc. and Noles-Frye Realty comprise the largest full-service real estate brokerage in the Gulf South.
Established in 1916 in the New Orleans real estate market, Latter & Blum has grown to include offices in Baton Rouge, Alexandria and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that handle all phases of residential and commercial sales and leasing.
The only name that stands out in New Orleans & Mississippi Real Estate is Latter & Blum Realtors®
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Turn of the 20th Century, New Orleans
LATTER & BLUM was founded in 1916 by two young entrepreneurs, Harry Latter and
Joseph E. Blum, in the flourishing port city of New Orleans. In its early days, the company specialized in commercial real estate, but later branched out into residential sales.
LATTER & BLUM remained in the Latter family for 70 years, sustaining a strong foothold in the real estate industry. This family tradition helped lay the groundwork that allowed LATTER & BLUM Companies to flourish into the largest and most successful real estate company in the Gulf South.
Robert W. Merrick, CCIM, MAI, SIOR, CRE, purchased LATTER & BLUM in 1986. A visionary and nationally respected appraiser and broker, Merrick restructured the organization, and in ten short years had lead LATTER & BLUM in an incredible growth cycle.
Today, LATTER & BLUM COMPANIES are comprised of a residential division, relocation division, commercial division, property management, insurance and