New Orleans is a city known around the world for its unique food, distinctive culture, and unmatched arts and entertainment scene. But within the city, locals know that every NOLA neighborhood has a unique personality and character of its own. The charming but bustling Bywater neighborhood is no exception, making it popular to homebuyers and developers alike.
The Bywater was one of the first areas of New Orleans to be populated outside the French Quarter. First populated in the early 1800s by Creoles and immigrants from France, Spain, Europe, and the Caribbean, the area offered a safe, comfortable place to live convenient to the French Quarter. Properties here offer everything from original, renovated homes and cottages built off the ground in case of flooding and large, grand two-story homes with wraparound porches, to new, low-maintenance condominium developments or traditional bed-and-breakfasts on beautiful grounds.
Developers also have fallen in love with Bywater, creating several new condominium developments, beautiful garden properties, and some charming bed and breakfasts. Renovated homes still boast the classic neighborhood charm, and those interested in buying a property will find houses in every architectural style and price range.
The 1.33-square-mile neighborhood of Bywater is generally mapped from Florida Avenue on the north to the Mississippi River on the south, and from Press Street on the west and the Industrial Canal on the east.
The 1.33-square-mile neighborhood couldn't be in a better location. It's within walking distance of the French Quarter and the Central Business District, a short drive to City Park, and easily accessible to the Chalmette and Arabi neighborhoods. The 24-hour bus system gives residents easy to access any area of the city, and the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and the train station are close by.
All rail and bus lines serve the Bywater neighborhood, and the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is a quick drive to the west.
The food, entertainment, and art scenes in Bywater are among the best in the city. Residents enjoy a multitude of art, music, and theater venues, clubs, and restaurants within walking distance. The nearby French Quarter offers even more shopping, entertainment, and dining options. And you haven't truly experienced Mardi Gras until you've danced through the streets of Bywater, admiring the costumes and musicians on the weekends leading up to the big event.
It's not all about the arts—Bywater is also home to several parks, walking/biking trails, tennis courts, gardens, museums, and more. The neighborhood was named an official city Historic District by the city of New Orleans Historical District Landmarks Commission in 1993, effectively protecting the 120 blocks in the area and over 2,000 buildings from anything that would mar their historical significance.
The burgeoning St. Claude Avenue arts corridor in Bywater is also a draw for locals, visitors, potential homebuyers and investors. The Bywater always has and will continue to offer home owners a wealth of amenities and choices, making it one of New Orleans most popular neighborhoods. With its convenient location, ample amenities, and bustling social scene, real estate in Bywater has become increasingly more desirable.
Popular side-hall style home near the Mississippi River.
A local artist adorns the neighborhood with his artwork.
Colorful double converted to a single-family home.