Laissez les bon temps of the rich and famous in this nearly $5 million Victorian mansion that just hit the market in Mardi Gras country, once owned by the infamous Mother of Vampire Fiction Anne Rice.
The 8,747-square-foot estate just off the street car line down St. Charles Avenue is a stunner of Old New Orleans architecture, and it's easy to see how Rice would have been Gothically inspired while living here — dreaming of Lestat, even possibly bumping into her future Louis on the city streets he fell in love with while filming.
Built in 1885, the recently remodeled Victorian home features five bedrooms and five full baths plus two half baths — even an elevator. Many of the original period details remain or were restored to mint-vintage condition, like the grand entrance hall with its original 19th century stained glass windows, the original carved mahogany and cypress staircase, the formal entertaining rooms with elaborate moldings, mantles and medallions — including a stunning fireplace with glass tiles — and several chandeliers.
The master suite is decadence defined, with a gleaming marble-tiled master bath and dressing room with an entire vanity wall that includes a glass-enclosed, two-rainhead shower with diptych windows made of Art Nouveau stained glass in the style of Alphonse Mucha. Tres chic indeed.
In addition to the master bath, luxurious modern remodeling includes the French-inspired, open concept kitchen and dining room with two chandeliers, a large center island any chef would love, and a a wet bar that leads to enough dining and entertaining space for a (Mardi Gras- or Jazz Fest-size) crowd.
The whole $4.985M property, sitting on the corner of Amelia Street and St. Charles Ave just west of the Garden District, just exudes Southern Charm from its columns to its manicured lawns and wrought iron fencing.
View the entire listing at Realtor.com for more photos and details. Who knows? Maybe the single-again Brad Pitt himself will take a gander at the property...for nostalgia's sake.
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h/t Southern Living