Located within New Orlean’s prestigious French Quarter is a rare historic three story mansion boasting over 12,000 square feet of opulent living space. The estate, which was just listed for sale at 10.3M USD this month with Eleanor Farnsworth of Gardner Realtors, makes 620 Ursulines Avenue, New Orlean’s most expensive listing. The estate was built in 1819 by French-born architects Claude Gurlie and Joseph Guillot, who were hired by Arnaud Magnon, a prominent shipbuilder in his day. Some standout amenities include 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 3 powder rooms, multiple elegant drawing rooms, a gourmet kitchen, billiards room, two wine cellars, and a dinning room featuring a circa 1960’s handprinted mural.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the most spectacular property in the French Quarter. It boasts one of the largest private courtyards in the Vieux Carré, parking for 15 cars, and breathtaking views of the city from the Widow’s Walk.” – Said listing agent, Eleanor Farnsworth
After the death of Mr. Magnon, the estate was updated throughout the mid-19th century by acclaimed New Orleans architect James Gallier Sr. who redesigned many first floor rooms to reflect the Greek revival style. Gallier, who was born, Gallagher, in Ravensdale, County Louth, Ireland in 1798, was well regarded for his role in the designing of the Godmanchester Chinese Bridge and the redevelopment of the early Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair. After becoming bankrupt in 1832, Mr. Gallagher emigrated to the United States and adopted the name Gallier upon his arrival to New Orleans in 1834.
Additional luxurious amenities throughout the home include ornate plaster and marble finishings with custom millwork, French floors which open to the surrounding garden, attached two story guest house with sauna, walled courtyard with pool, two master suites, two car garages with additional gated parking for 15 cars.
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