From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2013 Master Edition
New Orleans is a swirl of old world, multi-world charm, a distinctly American city incorporating far-flung cultures from France to the Caribbean that somehow channels the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries all at once. As New Orleans has had to rebuild and restore itself in the last eight years, it’s also managed to reinvent itself as a city of the 21st century, too.
$910,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty
According to Dorian Bennett, Owner of Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty in the Marigny District, billions of dollars are being invested throughout the city, most noticeably in the form of new medical facilities. “We’ve got all kinds of development going on,” he says. “You can see these huge hospital projects in full swing in the Mid City area, and it’s just an amazing sight.” Funded by a variety of sources including federal and local governments, universities and private companies, such influxes of capital are helping to attract new businesses and stimulate economies on the neighborhood level.
“That’s another thing you notice over the last five years—how many new restaurants and hotels have popped up,” Bennett says. It may be hard to imagine the cuisine here getting much better, but it is, he says, as younger generations of chefs and restaurateurs are inventing ways to showcase anew the region’s already legendary culinary pantry.
While some of New Orleans’ revitalization is hard to miss, others are less conspicuous. “The fun thing about New Orleans is that there are always changes and modifications, but you won’t spot them,” Bennett says. New construction must fit within the city’s historic architectural framework, and since Katrina, building requirements have become both more protective and more forward-looking. Continuing Reading >
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