About the property
- House4800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
"SIMPLY GORGEOUS!" HOME/POOL/GARDENS STEPS FROM ST. CHARLES AVE. STREETCAR
Located less than 1/2 block from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, in a fabulous section of Uptown New Orleans, over 49 past guests have given the Oulala House/ Pool & Gardens 5-STAR Reviews. Many have proclaimed it as "Breathtaking!, " Simply Gorgeous!," and "An Oasis in the City!". This classic 19th century New Orleans two-story home with 12-14 foot ceilings throughout has lush tropical gardens, flowing fountains and an expansive outdoor pool area. The property stretches over a whole city block divided by several walled gardens. Guest have called it "Magical at night!". The property is located in the most vibrant section of the city with hundreds of great restaurants, shops and music venues in walking distance. This spacious and luxury 5-STAR historic 19th-century house/pool and gardens is a destination experience with guests returning again to enjoy its unique New Orleans glories. It is only a few blocks away from of the Audubon Park and Zoo & its 18 hole golf course, the campuses of Tulane and Loyola Universities.
Guests claim the pictures do not do it justice, as they are always thrilled when they enter this enchanting property.
The 4800 square foot two-story historic OULALA house is appointed with fine art and antiques throughout. It offers a classic New Orleans experience with all the modern amenities one would expect to be found in a luxury property. It has 4 beautiful antiques appointed bedrooms with queen beds and 3 full baths .
For guests on a budget, consider renting the onsite guest house located in a separate garden instead of the main house. The property's guest house is part of another section of this large 19th century home and can sleep up to 6 people. It has two private bedrooms with queen beds, a bunk bed in a nook in the open air-floor plan, a full bath, central air and heat, wirless internet, flat screen cable tv and a fully stocked kitchen. The upstairs garden guest house has a separate private entrance that enters into a beautiful French country courtyard with a French Provincial Town fountain flowing in the middle of it and has a large provincial wooden table for outdoor dining. The upstairs guests house rents for $275-350 plus taxes and fees a night depending on the season. It is a light-filled space offering beautiful views of the gardens and fountains below. Inquiry if you would like to rent this part of the property and not the main part of the house that sleeps up to 6 people. We will send you a Smile Box slide show on both the main house and the Guest House if you make an inquiry.
The property spans a whole block and has two entrances on two separate streets. It is enclosed by 7-foot high stucco walls with several lush and tropical gardens. Cascading French fountains flow in each enclosed garden setting. The large main gardens include a sparkling pool flanked by a flowing wall fountain, a covered outdoor charming gazebo, and outdoor grill, numerous seating areas for dining or visiting and a profusion of changing seasonal plantings in the many garden beds. The gardens are magical at night with all of the twinkling lights for outdoor dining and gazing at the stars.
The spacious and beautifully decorated bedrooms of the Oulala House all have with queen beds with luxury linens. Each bedroom is appointed with antiques and fine art. All have ceiling fans, 12-foot ceilings 19th c armoires. The Master Bedroom has a view of the pool through its bay windows and a private bath with a large walk-in open shower; the upstairs Veranda Suite has a bathroom with jet tub through a central upstairs hall . All of the three bathrooms have full baths with two having tubs and all three having showers.
Elegant dining can be had in the formal dining room, complete with an a 19th-century crystal chandelier, 19th plaster ceiling medallion, and console piano. The adjacent French country kitchen has a French 19th c table that seats 6. There is plenty of outdoor seating in the expansive patio around the pool with a covered marble dining table and a charming covered gazebo. There are outdoor dining tables and seating around the pool.
The spacious kitchen comes with all of the Louisiana spices, gourmet cookware, lots of tableware, and table linens. There are flat screen televisions in all of the bedrooms of the main house and in the family seating area all equipped with cable. There is high-speed WI-FI, central air and heat, and a laundry room with a washer and dryer.
Just two blocks away is the Mississippi River levee where you can take sunrise and sunset walks to enjoy breathtaking views of the large ships gliding down the river. Guests who have stayed here have raved about the home and enjoyed its historic character and details. It is a wonderful home for family entertaining as the flow from the kitchen onto the patio deck overlooking the gardens is perfect to oversee the large lush gardens with several bistro table sets, flowing fountains, antique gates, and pool.The walled gardens spread over the block and the property has two separate entrances on two streets. There is off-street parking for two cars on site.
From the elegant foyer entrance, the formal dining room to the large French country kitchen equipped with gourmet cookware, the Oulala House offers a memorable experience for friends and family gatherings.
The home is located in a fabulous section of Uptown less than 1/2 block from the St. Charles Avenue famous streetcar line which can take you all along the magnificent live oak tree lined avenue right to the famous French Quarter. The St. Charles Avenue streetcar line runs 24 hours a day providing entertaining and reliable transportation from Uptown to downtown.
This gorgeous historic property was honored and reviewed by the VRBO BEARS (see review above listing) who called it 'Magnificent' and awarded it 5 Stars.
Keywords: Beautiful historic classic 19thc Uptown New Orleans home Pool and Gardens and patio blooming with tropical foliage. Only 1/2 block from St. Charles Avenue streetcar route this 4800 sq. foot two story home is appointed with antiques and art throughout and has 4 large bedrooms and 3 full baths, a formal dining room and a large French country kitchen equipped for a gourmet. WIFI, Flat screen TVs and Central AV, Washer Dryer, and chair lift to second floor.
We have a Smile Box slide shows that we send to our guests that inquire about the property for their vacation plans. And, if you book a reservation you get an informative newsletter written by my sister, Lisa LeBlanc- Berry, who is a well-known local journalist and food critic in New Orleans. Her Oulala Newsletter gives you the hottest tips on trends in local restaurants and recommends the coolest things to do during the time you are visiting. Trained at the Cordon Blu in Paris, Ms. LeBlanc-Berry also offers private chef dinners and Cajun cooking classes.
Other gratuitous amenities included: reserved off-street parking for two cars; snacks, basic breakfast foods, bottled water, coffee, milk and a bottle of wine for your arrival; making reservations for popular restaurants; and a round the clock staff foreman for assistance if needed.
In-house Services for a fee include: private driver with SUV to and from events; unique private dining experiences at some of the city's best restaurants; farm to table private chef dinners; BBQ by Pool with tiki lights and local brew; Cajun dance lessons and or cooking classes; tours to Cajun country and air boat ride swamp tours; private shopping experiences at some of the city's finest antique stores; bike rentals; and a insider's night on the town to the hottest music clubs.
We know you will just love your stay at my historic 19th century Uptown New Orleans Oulala Home/Pool and Gardens. Our calendar is booking fast for next year, so book now if you would like to reserve this jewel of a vacation rental.
MICHELLE LE BLANC / OWNER
IDEAL FOR FAMILY GATHERINGS TO CELEBRATE.
THE ELEGANT ENTRANCE FLOWS INTO A LARGE KITCHEN AREA THAT ADJOINS THE FORMAL DINING ROOM, OUT TO THE DECK that overlooks the pool and gardens.
We ask that our guests at The Oulala House/ Pool & Gardens practice our " Be A Good Neighbor" policy which states that we expect all of our guests to treat our neighborhood and neighbors as they would their neighbors in their home town.
We are proud to be an official a City of New Orleans licensed and permitted vacation rental (PERMIT NUMBER #17STR-10387). With over 49 FIVE star reviews, our guests know that we are a luxury property that is up to code for the requirements of vacation rental properties in New Orleans.
Because we are an official City permitted property, we have fulfilled all the requirements to assure your stay is safe and protected. The Oulala House has annual inspections of fire alarms, extinguishers and security system. We have a million dollar liability policy to cover injuries should they occur during your stay.And we are members of the neighborhood association's security patrol.
MICHELLE SIMONETTE LEBLANC
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- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 09, 2018
About MICHELLE SIMONETTE LEBLANC
You will see touches of my French collection of art, antiques, garden ornaments and fountains throughout my property which I continue to enhance on my travels. My large collection upstairs and downstairs of books includes an impressive selection of books on the historical influences found in gardens around the world. I also have a large selection of poetry books that may be of some interest to some of our visitors. I am not always here to greet you but you will sense my welcome to you when you arrive in my uniquely appointed home and gardens. Merci for considering staying with us. We look forward to your visit.
MICHELLE SIMONETTE LEBLANC purchased this House in 2007
Why MICHELLE SIMONETTE LEBLANC chose Black Pearl
There is no more vibrant, personable, and walkable section of New Orleans then Riverbend where the myriad of 19th century houses and its people have such character. Since I write and lecture on the historical gardens I have found a great resource from my strolls through the glorious neighborhoods that surround my home and gardens.
What makes this House unique
Experience the charm of an authentic 19th century New Orleans home with its upscale comforts yet historical references. The 12 ft. ceilings, exquisite furnishings, and large rooms are one of the first thing some guest note on their arrival. Others enjoy exploring the rooms to view the fine art and antiques that they discover on their stay. However, one of the most wonderful experience is the warm and gracious setting one feels in the kitchen for breakfast or dinner where fond memories are made through good food and conversation. You will want to cook in this kitchen and then slip outside to the outside dinning area to enjoy the twinkling lights strung along the 7 foot stucco walled garden wall all year long. The favorite spot most of my guests enjoy gathering is the verdant expanse of the pool area with its numerous seating areas The sound of the fountains flowing makes for a romantic candle lite night. In the warmer months most of my guest have chosen to sip cocktails by the pool while they take a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing. There are many places to have private conversations on the grounds that has several gardens enclosed behind stucco walls and antique gates. My favorite is star gazing on the upstairs terrace on a clear night.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
I really can't say enough wonderful things about my stay at the Oulala House! From the very start Michelle was extremely personal, helpful and responsive. Even when I had a need outside of the set rules, she did her best to accommodate and make an exception. Although I simply made due with what I had already agreed to, I felt compelled to continue with my booking based on how Michelle tried to help me out.
I live in Hawaii as a personal chef and see multiple rentals on a weekly basis all over our island and I can honestly say this HomeAway is rates with some of the best I've seen. Sure the house was built decades ago, yes the decor is eclectic but just as you would expect to see the ocean and palm trees in Hawaii so would you expect to see a quirky, enchanted, aged, garden plantation home in the heart of New Orleans!
If you are a princess and need brand new everything and are unfamiliar with a home having "character", this is NOT the house for you! HOWEVER, if you have even the slightest interest in culture, charm, and are intrigued by uniqueness, don't wait. BOOK THIS HOUSE!!!!
I, very comfortably stayed with 7 other girls for a bachelorette weekend and we all slept, primped and dined seamlessly. We felt like queens wading around in the pool, strolling the neighborhood and making like we were high rollers as if we each individually owned this home. The convenience of the street car was UNREAL! Not only did we enjoy the view ever time we hoped on, you just can't beat the price. We had no need to rent a car and simply called on uber or lyft when we over slept and needed to get some where quick.
I can't imagine staying somewhere else the next time I visit. I wold even say, if Ouhlala is not available, I would most likely change my dates and wait until it was. SERIOUSLY the best memories and experience!
Mahalo Michelle for all of the thought and care you put into prepping the home and stocking us with snacks. We were very disappointed we didn't get to crack open your bottle of wine you gifted us. We over did it at Costco on the way in and couldn't finish everything. No one checked bags so we could not take it with us either. Mahalo to your sister as well, talking with her, chef to chef is no joke, the highlight of my year! I could not WAIT to ring my father and tell him about all the things I experienced in his birthplace. If you are ever in Hawaii, PLEASE, PLEASE get in touch with me!
Aloha! Until next time....
Nice location in a great neighborhood
The property is clean and well-maintained. They provide the things you need for comfort. We enjoyed our visit.
Beautiful house with excellent hosts
We rented this house for a girls trip, it was a perfect location. Our hosts Michelle and her sister were both so knowledgeable, helpful and available. We throughly enjoyed ourselves.
Best. Weekend. Ever.
The pictures do not do this place justice. It is not dramatic when the word 'breathtaking' is used to describe it. It is one of the coolest houses I have ever been/stayed in and it was SO much bigger than it looked. Michelle and Lisa were so helpful when setting things up and their recommendations for restaurants and bars were spot on making the weekend an absolute blast. My first time in New Orleans was beyond perfect and definitely one to remember, with every one of us is already looking forward to coming back for girls trip round 2!
WOW! What an incredible review! Thank you for your kind words. I cannot wait to share this review with Lisa as I know she wanted so much for yall to have a real insiders take on New Orleans. As yall found out , she is an amazing food writer in New Orleans and knows all there is to know about where to go for the coolest current experience. And then to hear it was your first time here...you have to come back as New Orleans is calling you to do so! You can probably hear that all night music on Frenchman street in your dreams by now. Thank you for being such great guests.
My staff is going to be so appreciative of your review too as they all work hard to make everything just right and it is more work than anyone would imagine . Hosting my home to guests from around the world has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my many careers. I was a publisher in the tourism industry for 20 years and loved sharing stories about New Orleans to all the visitors that came here and stayed at our hotels. Now, I get to share our city in a much more meaningful way, providing a real New Orleans experience by staying in a local's home, my home. There is so much controversy these days over the pros and cons of renting your home to visitors. All I know is that it is the way that I like to travel as it gives you a sense of place. " LIve like a local " is the best way to travel. Y'all come back soon!
First time to NOLA and we are so glad that we decided to stay in a house than a hotel. I feel like my group and I were able to get the real NOLA experience by staying in the Garden District. This house is absolutely incredible! You must book to stay at this place! It is gorgeous and so elegant. We felt comfortable and safe here. Michelle and her sister were so sweet and accommodating 24/7. My only problem was that I didn't stay longer! I will definitely book again and would recommend staying here to everyone! Clean, beautiful, safe, comfortable, and easy accessible to everything in NOLA. It made our stay 100% awesome! Book Now! :)
Unparalleled charm and comfort!!
As a born and raised New Orleanian who moved away 35 years ago, when I come home, I want to be somewhere that makes me feel at home, not some boring hotel. The Oulala House checks all the boxes and and then some. Beautiful, comfortable, and the location was PERFECT!! The house was stocked with goodies and special touches everywhere were evident of the care and love the owner has for her home. I went with 8 family members and it was just incredible. We will be back...
What a wonderful review and delightful family! Thank you for the kind words as the staff of the Oulala House puts their heart into making the property "party perfect" for our guests. Your review will mean a great deal to them as it does to me. Please come back soon and take advantage of the 10% discount I give to all my returning guests on the nightly rate.
Only 1/2 block away from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and in walking distance of hundreds of great restaurants, shops and musical venues., some open until 1 a.m.Tulane and Loyola University are a 10 minute walk from the house as is the magnificent live oaks of Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo. The Mississippi River levee is just two blocks from house for beautiful sunrise and sunset runs, walks or bike rides. Fabulous location!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
PLEASE INQUIRE FOR RATES FOR MONTHS WITH HOLIDAYS OR SPECIAL EVENTS AS THERE IS A DIFFERENT PRICE STRUCTURE FOR THESE TIMES OF YEAR. A separate rental contract is required that is provided by the Oulala House/Pool & Gardens to a guest to rent this property once a booking request is made. To reserve the house a 50% non-refundable deposit of the whole amount is required with the balance due approximately 10 days before arrival. 30 days notice required to cancel the balance owed on the reservation with written notice through this website to the owner. Failure to do so will require the remaining balance to be due. A Damage insurance policy is required that is purchased for through VRBO during the booking policy and ranges from $59-$89 depending on the size of the group. This insurance policy covers $1500 in damages, if any, occur to the property during the guests stay. PLEASE CONTACT FOR MONTHLY SHORT TERM RENTALS MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IN MAIN HISTORIC HOUSE 11 PEOPLE AND MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IN THE OULALA 'S ONSITE GARDEN VIEW GUESTS HOUSE WHICH IF RENTED IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN HOUSE IS 6 PEOPLE. THERE ARE CLEANING AND STOCKING FEES ON THE MAIN HOUSE AND THE GUESTS HOUSE AND TAX FOR BOTH INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL FEE. USE OF THE HOUSE AS A VENUE MUST BE APPROVED BY THE OWNER AND IS UNDER A SEPARATE RENTAL AGREEMENT WITH SEPARATE FEES AND DEPOSITS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS RENTAL AGREEMENT DEPENDING ON THE SIZE AND NATURE OF THE EVENT.