Lower Garden District
Who it’s for: Day drinkers, night owls, and people who have a yen to shop and eat well (and reasonably) in their own hood.
Buy or rent?
Your call. It’s a desirable neighborhood for a number of reasons, most notably the proximity to Magazine St and all its pleasures -- from dive bars to boutiques, and of course places like Lily’s Cafe and Juan’s Flying Burrito, which never get old. It’s also a quick drive Downtown, for anyone who works in a CBD skyscraper, hotel, gallery, bar, or restaurant by that way.
Who it’s for: Family-minded folks who don’t want to move to the sticks because they have/want kids. (Also: Thrillist writers.)
Buy or rent?
Oh, you want to buy here. You can be my neighbor! It’s a short bike ride -- with actual bike lanes! -- up Carrollton to Audubon Park, not to mention a brisk walk to Oak St and all of its offerings, from burgers to Rue De la Course coffee, a Japanese knife store (Coutelier), a family pharmacy, and there’s going to be a sweeeeeeet new specialty market coming soon. The whole hood is immensely and beautifully walkable, too, provided you don’t get mown down, Fury Road-style, trying to cross Claiborne. Add in some neat cemeteries (always a great NOLA feature) and the beautiful family madness of Halloween on Neron St, and you have, in my less than humble opinion, one of the best neighborhoods in New Orleans. Period.