Who it’s for: Everyone who ever fell in love with NOLA and dreamed of living like William Faulkner on Pirate’s Alley. Also, service industry folk and other good citizens who work Downtown and want proximity to their jobs.
Buy or rent?
Hey, if you can buy a place in the Quarter, good on ya! You don’t get a lot for your dough, however. The Quarter is notorious for expensive properties that have questionable space, histories, and amenities, and parking anywhere in the FQ is an exercise in pure madness. But then again, you’re living in the damn French Quarter, so you can just buy a bike and go to about a million bars, shops, and restaurants worth spending your time and loot in, like Angeline, or Brennan’s, or Big Killer Poboys.
Who it’s for: People who want to live in NOLA but also kind of in 2006 Williamsburg. Transplants LOVE the Marigny and Bywater for their hip vibe, colorful shotgun houses, and like-minded, artsy musician/actors/writers/restaurateurs/movie industry people. Plus, you have an embarrassment of musical riches all up Frenchman St over in the Marigny Triangle. Not to mention some excellent restaurant options such as Three Muses, Mariza, Oxalis, and Elizabeth’s in the Bywater (mmm, praline bacon).
Buy or rent?
Tough call on this one. Renting in either of these 'hoods is going to be a difficult prospect, because of the short-term rental market making finding affordable rental properties rough. But buying one of those colorful Bywater shotguns just sounds romantic as hell, doesn’t it? Well, that is until you have lines of Airbnb-ers brushing their teeth on the sidewalk outside of your home. (Yes, this happens. Yes, it’s gross.)