French Quarter Estate 521 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA 70116 - Interluxe

French Quarter Estate

521 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA 70116
French Quarter Estate
Upscale living in this quintessential New Orleans home; 2023 Downtown Dwellings winner of the National HGTV Ultimate House Hunt.

Built in 1828, this masonry mansion in the Lower French Quarter offers 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, and 2 half baths. Spanning 7,703± sq. ft., the estate was lovingly restored in 2017 to preserve its original character, seamlessly blending historical charm and modern functionality. The home is adorned with beautiful wood floors, soaring ceilings, crown molding, stunning marble fireplaces, and chandeliers. Deeply connected to the birth of Rock ‘n Roll, the estate’s unique and storied history is complimentary to its allure. Once the home of Cosimo Matassa's recording studio, the residence was purchased by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to serve as their local residence when visiting the city for their Make it Right Foundation. Later the property was purchased by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, prior to the current ownership. 

  • Beds
  • Baths
  • Partial Baths
    2Partial Baths
  • Sq. ft.
    7703Sq. Ft.
  • Acres
  • Year of Build
    1828Year Built
  • Historic
  • Metropolitan
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Property Features
  • Occupying over 36± feet of the New Orleans French Quarter sidewalk, this gorgeous estate was designed in the popular 1830s Parisian style. Upon entering through the French doors from the herringbone sidewalk, the foyer welcomes you with a stylish harlequin tile floor.
  • Modern engineering creates easy living. The home is equipped with a gated carriage-style driveway for up to 2 cars illuminated by gas lamps, an elevator servicing all 3 floors, a walk-in attic, 5 separate AC/heating units in the main house and one in the guest house, and a 200-gallon per hour tankless water heater in the main house and a 50-gallon water heater in the guest house.
  • Surrounding a beautiful marble fireplace, the light-filled formal living room boasts an open and airy atmosphere with double French doors access to the front balcony. Rich Venetian plaster walls connect the formal living room to the formal dining room encompassing an additional marble fireplace.
  • Overlooking the French Quarter skyline, the fully equipped gourmet kitchen features a Viking stove and hood, 2 ovens, a moisture-controlled warming tray, a Viking wine cooler, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a butcher’s block island with an undermount porcelain sink, and breakfast area. A thoughtfully designed pantry with windowed drawers, wine racks, and a marble counter complete the culinary oasis with Venetian plastered walls.
  • Enter through French doors to the private owner’s suite adorned with a white marble fireplace, crystal chandeliers, and antique sconces. Leave the French doors open villa-style or shaded for extra privacy. The ensuite marble bathroom features a frameless glass shower, oversized tub, double vanities, and balcony access.
  • Generous accommodations for family and guests with 4 guest bedrooms in the main house. The 2 first-floor guest bedrooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, private access to the courtyard, and a shared marble bathroom. Accented by wood beams, the third floor hosts the additional 2 guest bedrooms, a full bathroom, and family room.
  • The three-story guest house provides additional privacy for family and guests with 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 half bath, and a fully equipped kitchen. The first floor is currently configured as a gym and workshop with 3 French doors opening onto the courtyard. The second floor living room features a balcony and beautiful spiral staircase to the third floor.
  • Highlighting the library is a stunning marble fireplace and custom display shelves on every wall, ideal for showcasing literature and collectibles. Throughout the home, rooms are enhanced with a host of lighting options, ideal for collectors and entertainers.
  • Beyond the interior of the home is the beautiful spacious courtyard, complete with a fountain and pool that can be accessed through the many French doors throughout the home. Meticulously landscaped with lush greenery, enjoy your own private retreat from the various balconies overlooking the courtyard.
  • At the south end of the home, you are only steps away from the vibrant French Market, Café du Monde, and an array of the oldest and finest restaurants in New Orleans. At the north end is Esplanade Avenue, border of the Faubourg Marigny, an enchanting historic neighborhood resplendent in Creole architecture, galleries, and music venues.
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