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The Foundation @ OGH- Eclectic Luxury in the Heart of Mid-City New Orleans

Bedrooms Studio
Space 700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2BR/1BA Luxury with Exposed Brick, Stained Glass, Stone, Cypress & Original Art!

The Foundation @ OGH is about as eclectic and uniquely New Orleans as it gets... This renovated space has an expansive open feel which combines things new, salvaged, re-invented, old, & colorful, a mixture of styles and textures that blend into a beautifully furnished space with no amenity or detail left undone! It offers one king, bunk twins, stained cement floors, concrete counters, gorgeous bath (with chandelier!) and beautiful detail and furnishings throughout.

ORLEANS GUEST HOUSE is steps from Bayou Saint John, a short walk to City Park, NOMA, and 24h Cafe Au Lait & Beignets,The Fairgrounds & Jazz Fest, blocks to the Carrollton Street Car line, and a bike ride to the French Quarter, CBD, Arts District, River Front, Downtown and much, MUCH more... Units at OGH are independent, no common or shared areas, each with private keyed entrances and reserved off-street parking. The Foundation, just like the other units at OGH- is as unique as the city of NOLA!

Guest Access

You’ll have total privacy with keys to your exclusive entry & exit. This is not shared space as with a traditional B&B setting. I live on-site (and available if needed) but, as an on-site host, my philosophy is based on total respect for your privacy. If you do need me, I’m there! I believe in mutual respect for privacy while remaining always available for needs or recommendations. In your room, you will have a guide to just about everything, but as a local (and a foodie) I’m happy to recommend my favorite "local" stuff to do!


In the bedroom(s):

High quality King pillow-top mattress on Iron bed

Leather sofa and chairs with ottoman

Luxury 800 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets

Antique armoires

Beautiful original art

Locking safe

Luggage rack

Iron & Ironing board

Sitting bench

Additional Bunk Twins (in loft layout with ladder and internal shelving & lighting)

In the mini-kitchen/wet bar:

S/S Medium-sized refrigerator

Stocked with "welcome" basics on arrival (water, juice, fruit, snacks, "special requests", fresh flowers etc.)

2'' Concrete counters, satin-nickel stainless fixtures and sink

1x1 natural stone tile backsplash- wall-to-ceiling

Mounted s/s microwave (snacks provided)

Keurig coffeemaker & full coffee condiments

Stocked with high quality flatware and full settings for 4

"Bar Area" with wine storage and bar accessories/glasses

In the bathroom:

Restored antique cypress door suspended on sliding rail w/ opaque glass

Deep, clean white/ spa-like tub with s/s fixtures, elevated opaque windows for natural light

Stained concrete floors

Exposed copper pipes & brick wall surrounding tub/shower, and 1x1 glass tile from floor to ceiling throughout

Restored & stained cypress beams

Glass chandelier

Egyptian cotton quality towels

Embroidered Robes

Separate, connected dressing area w/extended concrete counter space and 2nd sink (made of hammered copper)

Hair dryer, full length mirrors & magnified makeup-mirror

Basic toiletry items provided, specialty replacement items available upon request (razors, sewing/repair kit, etc...)

Shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, soap, & body lotion provided

Dining/ Living Area:

Custom exposed brick walls throughout

Ivory color leather stools around custom-designed, raised glass and iron dining

High quality dining-ware to accommodate 4 guests

Comfortable Leather furniture and ottoman for gathering

Stained concrete floors throughout

Reclaimed/restored pine 'tongue-in-groove" wood ceilings

Office area with chair and adjustable drawing table

Track lighting and lamps- all LED

Ceiling Fans each room

Exposed & suspended, metal "warehouse-styled" Central A/C vents

Stained Glass in custom LR windows from reclaimed cypress

General throughout:

Beautiful ORIGINAL art!

Bluetooth Music- direct MP3 connection cable optional

Secured guest Wifi

Multiple surge protectors with USB charging ports throughout

48'' wide restored antique Cypress front door-exclusive use (no overlapping living space)

Reserved driveway parking at front door entrance to unit

Smart HD Television & DVD player


**Be sure and take a look at the other OGH listing #s...

NOTE...By combining "Foundation Room" and "The Crescent" , (both at our Elaine Place address and separated only by a locked cypress door), accommodations can be expanded to form of 3-4 BRs (King, Queen, Full, & Bunk Twins), 2 BAs, and of course, twice the DR , LR, and Kitch space, while providing separate "suite" privacy for families/couples/friends traveling together. Special pricing would apply for combining these two adjacent units (or any 2 or more units offered by OGH).

More Details

Wendy Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2018

About Wendy Smith

Hi There!

I’m Wendy and this is Graham. We are not only your hosts at OGH but we live here, too! I am honored and excited that you’re considering or have chosen my home and Guest House for your trip to NOLA. I was born and raised in New Orleans and genuinely love everything about this city… from it’s eclectic culture, cuisine, and history to my amazing neighborhood, neighbors, and small piece of the most unique city in America! I hope you become a regular at OGH. My job is to provide you with a safe, comfortable, and fun environment to stay in. Your job (besides remembering the do’s and don’ts) is to get really excited and prepare to have a great and memorable stay.


Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith purchased this house in 2013

Why Wendy Smith chose City Park

Safety, Style ,Luxury, Location...Location...Location!

OGH not only sits in one of the most sought after and popular parts of town, it provides safety and style. This charming guest house is just steps away from the streetcar line, waterfront activities, exercise both on and around Bayou St. John, as well as activities throughout City Park. Rent a kayak or canoe and row up Bayou Saint John or go for a short walk to City Park… 7 square miles of historic oaks, 24-hour coffee and beignets, NOMA, festivals, horseback riding, walking/jogging paths, a dog park, amusement park, botanical gardens, world-class museum and outdoor sculpture garden, tennis, 4 golf courses, and much, much more.

What makes this house unique

This space is truly unique! It is a preservationist's dream. Its architecture is a mix of classic and contemporary, and historic and hip. There is too much restored items and re-invented architectural gems to mention. Even better than the photos depict, you won't be disappointed!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Always a pleasure to host 2 of my favorite regular guests! Thanks for your loyalty and annual return! I love having you and my favorite 3-legged canine!

-see you next year!
Jul 2016
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City Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Stunning BA- Brick, glass ,copper, deep tub, LED chandelier
  • GORGEOUS & UNIQUE... Restored cypress door suspended on sliding rail Opaque glass in elevated windows for natural light Deep over-sized white/spa-like tub with s/s fixtures Exposed brick wall behind deep tub-shower 1x1 Glass tile from floor to ceiling throughout Elevated opaque windows for natural light Stained concrete floors Restored & stained cypress columns Glass chandelier Egyptian cotton thick quality towels Custom embroidered "OGH" robes Connected dressing area w/extended counter space, easily accommodating 2 sink areas with privacy wall Hair dryer, full length mirrors & mag. makeup-mirror Basic toiletry items provided- including shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, soaps, & body lotion Specialty replacement items available upon request: (razors, tooth brushes, tooth paste, sewing/repair kit, etc...)
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King mattr w/gel topper on Iron frame, highest qual bedding!
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2nd sleeping rm w/2 twins, ladder, intrnl shelves & lighting
  • ALL bedding is very high quality, down to the 800 thread count sheets! BR one features King bed on a black iron frame. The 2nd area features bunk twins with internal shelving and LED lighting, and top quality linens. Each unit offers a lockable safe, luggage racks, antique armoire and bureau, original art, smart TV & DVR, multiple surge-protected USB ports for charging, and protected guest wifi throughout! Maximum sleeping capacity between BRs, leather sofa, and bunk twins is 4-5. Beautiful sleeping quarters with tons of detail, take a look at the photos! This is a large open space with privacy wall and dressing area connected to bath area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
In the heart of Mid-City, steps from the banks of historic Bayou Saint John, and a shoreline walk to our world class City Park, the location of OGH could not be more ideal. Our motto has become…So much to do, such little distance. Orleans Guest House is the perfect balance of luxury, privacy, safety & location. With unique detail inside and out, an eclectic style and feel that is best described like NOLA’s unique architecture… the perfect blend of HISTORIC & HIP yet CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY. New Orleans truly is THE city of diversity, expressed in rich culture, history, people, traditions, ethnicities, festivals, neighborhoods, dialects, celebration & music (even at our funerals!) and of course, the best food on Earth. I was born and raised in New Orleans, a true local, a foodie, with just a hint of Y@! I LOVE MY CITY, its traditions, its resilience, and its sense of warmth and hospitality. You will LOVE your stay at OGH- come and stay, and we will surely become a regular here!


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

What a wonderful apartment with a great location and a super host!

  • 5 of 5

My three friends and I stayed at Wendy's apartment for our trip to Jazz Fest in May. Wendy allowed us to check in early and this was very much appreciated. She met us at the apartment and gave us a tour. She had added so much to this unique space. So many original pieces, some with an interesting history. Wendy explained where she acquired some of the artistic elements in the apartment which she helped build and decorate. Everything was custom made.

We had four adults staying here and Wendy let us know ahead of time it might be a tight squeeze. Due to every inch of the space being used and planned out, we felt like we had ample room. It was such an easy short walk to Jazz Fest. We loved the location and walked to restaurants and a nearby beer garden in mid-city.

Wendy was very responsive to my emails before we arrived and and answered my questions. She even called to obtain our ETA so she could greet us on arrival. Wendy left us a bottle of wine which we enjoyed one evening sitting around a gorgeous glass topped table with very comfortable bar stools.

I highly recommend this unique apartment. It is great for two people with a very comfortable king size bed. Children would enjoy the bunk bed. Wendy also has a two bedroom apartment at the same location and we are considering renting that next year for the 4 of us. I would definitely return to this eclectic apartment with a friend or my husband. Thank you, Wendy, for your hospitality and sharing this wonderful eclectic apartment.


  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely great guests. They were such a pleasure to host. As veteran Fest'ers, they were a lot of fun and treated my home with such care. My hope is that they will become regulars at OGH, they will have a standing invitation to return!
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This property has so much character and space. Wendy was absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

She went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed and more. You can’t stay at a better location. It’s close enough to everything and everywhere you want to be in NOLA while having serenity to relax and enjoy your vacation. The design of OGH is stunning! This was our first time to NOLA and it was nothing short of amazing. We can’t wait to return. Wendy is very sweet and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for over 4 months. The Foundation was the perfect place for me to stay while I was working at MAF. Wendy has done an extraordinary job with this place. Very clean and very well decorated. Wendy was the ideal host, she went out of her way to make me feel welcome. The location is close to shopping and many great restaurants. Only a short UBER ride to the French Quarter. Mid City is a great place to stay and visit. A short walk to City Par and the Horse Track. I would highly recommend this place. I will definitely return. Thanks again Wendy

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning studio, super clean and great location!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Foundation for a long weekend and fell in love with it. First of all, the location cannot be beat. You can walk to the streetcar or Uber to the quarter. The studio is dead sexy and decorated to perfection. The bed was super comfortable. The attention to detail was not lost on us. Every square inch was thought out brilliantly. We were very comfortable in the studio and having young children in the bunk beds would work very well. Our favorite thing about the condo, was Wendy! We will be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure it was hosting your stay! As an owner, hosting a wonderful stay is always the goal- it is especially easy to do with certain guests. Of course cleanliness and being considerate are desirable qualities to find in guests, but hosting a memorable stay is a breeze when guests are as lovely and genuine as Michelle and her husband. My only request is that they return, next time with kids! They are always welcomed in my home...I hope this was just the first of many stays to come!
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Wish we could've stayed in NOLA longer!

  • 5 of 5

Wendy was the best host! The house is really close to the streetcar line which can take you to all of the spots around town that you probably came there to see. It is also really close to City Park which is the prettiest area to ride a bike or explore if you want to take a break from downtown or the busier areas. Everything you'll need during your stay is in the apartment and Wendy was always there to answer our questions or give us ideas of restaurants or spots to go! This was an especially good place to stay for Mardi Gras because you got a break from all the loud and busy streets and the area is super charming!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An increadible NOLA vacation that began and ended in a creation of authentic New Orleans charm

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here from December 19th to January 5th. This residence is in a great spot and made it easy to get around New Orleans. We were pleasantly met by our host. She walked us through the place and explained the ins and outs of the studio. She made us feel at home, offered great dining ideas and told of places we may find interesting. Our children really enjoyed the bunk bed and slept well through the nights. Our bed was very comfortable as well, often sleeping late into morning as the room is very quiet. We were originally intrigued by the unique look and decoration when we booked, we were not disappointed. Items have been gathered from all around New Orleans and turned into art, you feel as you are part of New Orleans. There is a great Cuisinart cook top that can be used to grill sandwiches. The grill opened up into two halves, we boiled water (patience needed), fried eggs and bacon. There is also a toaster oven that we used daily. We will never forget the memory of baking cookies Christmas Eve in New Orleans in the toaster oven for Santa. We also never paid more than $10 to Uber from this location to the Superdome or to the French Quarter. When we return to New Orleans our stay will be based on the studios availability. This is truly an amazing start and finish to everyday while vacationing. It was truly priceless to feel at home and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was as much my pleasure having you here at OGH...Wonderful guests and such lovely people! It felt like hosting family. I hope you will return for another stay, as you are ALWAYS WELCOMED BACK to your winter getaway!
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Louis Armstrong International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pearl Wine Bar- One parallel street from OGH
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Mississippi Riverfront (Cars/Bikes/Pedestrians)
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
NOLA City Park 4 separate courses
Nearest Train
1 Miles
NOLA Train Stn.= 1.5mi; Streetcar Line- 4 Blocks
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Multiple within walking distance- 1 block+
Car: not necessary

NOLA is almost indescribable in its diversity- diversity of ethnicities, dialects, history, residents, eclectic & historic neighborhoods, churches, architecture, events, activities, sports fans, and celebrations of everything (even funerals!)...So much beyond Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, Southern Decadence, and the endless list of festivals celebrating the arts, film, music, food, tradition and rich & welcoming culture that is open to all with a southern hospitality and European charm like nowhere else!...In New Orleans, it literally IS ON-SEASON year round, and Orleans Guest House (OGH) is the ideal space in the heart of the Mid-City's historic "faubourg" (neighborhood) considered one of the most desired locations in all of NOLA. Truly a unique place for experiencing a unique town! Come to OGH once and you will become a regular...

Thank you for considering OGH for your trip to NOLA- We welcome you here with all the unique detail and hospitality of the city itself... Bienvenue à un grand moment dans La Nouvelle Orléans @OGH!


-Wendy (and "Graham")

Owner, Resident, Native New Orleanian, & Your Hosts!

*PLEASE call 504.606.4047 CST if we can answer any questions you may have regarding your trip and all that OGH has to offer ALL its guests.

Un grand merci et bienvenue à ma ville!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $200 + Tax

I am a small operation and much attention is given to detail and guest comfort. With only 3 full-time units available at this location, and one part-time, the terms of 100% advance payment policy is necessary to insure proper follow-through regarding collection of all costs associated with reservations. I recognize that under certain circumstances, cancellation becomes necessary- Therefore, I am happy to provide a refund for those who cancel within a window of 30 days prior to check-in, providing reasonable time to re-book or fill the newly created vacancy. Thank you very much for adhering to our advance payment policy and we look forward to making your stay a memorable one!

At OGH, we take great pride in the high quality of accommodations provided in each unit. Great attention to detail has been part of the design and luxury you will enjoy in each unit offered through OGH. Its the reason that so many of our guests become trusted friends and "regulars" who return year after year. Also, by nature, NOLA doesn't have a definable on & off season. Perhaps Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest may be highlights, but year-round, day to day, month-to-month, literally... there is something special for everyone. Rather than raising prices for Mardi Gras and adjusting again for other popular times such as Jazz Fest or Essence Fest, etc... we set a reasonably and fairly priced rates for the unusual quality, safety, and location we provide. It represents a sense of fairness and mutual respect that keeps our guests (and owners) comfortable in knowing that prices will not increase during festival & other event times when most do increase (sometimes substantially), & that you will receive the same standard of luxury & very reasonable pricing year-round. New Orleans is a "year-round" city, and so are our rates! Thank you for respecting the business policies of our small but HIGH-quality operation! We look forward to your stay!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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