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Couple settles in for the holidays in renovated Holy Cross bungalow

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jen Picard and Kris Ford just moved into this renovated bungalow, purchased from the Preservation Resource Center.

Jen Picard and Kris Ford weren’t looking to buy a house right away when they contacted real estate agent Ariana Tipper. Instead, the couple, who had been renting in Bywater, were planning ahead for six to 12 months down the road when they thought the time might be right. But when Tipper took them to… Continue reading →

Pecans suited to Louisiana tables, back yards

Advocate file photo -- Pecans annually contribute an average of $12 million to Louisiana’s economy.

Pecans are everywhere in Louisiana during the holiday season. Still in their shells, they are available for purchase by the bagful, either to bestow as gifts or to ensure a steady supply for the nutcracker. Shelled, they appear in everything from pecan pies to turkey dressing. In fact, they are so important as a Louisiana crop that… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden calendar, Nov. 22-Dec. 27, 2014

NEW ORLEANS MUSIC HISTORY TOUR: 10 a.m., departs from rear gates of Old U.S. Mint, on Barracks Street. Explore places in the French Quarter important to the rich history of the city’s music, led by the Friends of the Cabildo’s trained guide. $25 by advance registration only. (504) 523-3939, www.friendsofthecabildo.org.… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Oct.29 to Nov. 4, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Broderick L. Green and Alva Rose R. Green sold this home at 2631 Wabash St. in New Orleans to Carlos H. Edison Savant and Heather Nicole Green for $196,900.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 GRAVIER ST. 2326: $30,000, Melvin J. Cross to Hummel Construction LLC. JULIA ST. 920, 926: $91,620, Professional Sport Shop Inc. to 920 Julia LLC. JULIA ST. 323, UNIT 323: $334,000, J323 LLC to James P. May and Michelle… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers for Oct. 31 to Nov. 5

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Linda C. Williams, Eileen C. Williams and Janette C. Ellis sold this home at 4921 Argonne St. in Metairie to Edward M. Cabos for $97,500.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 BERKLEY AVE. 118: $215,000, Laura A. Weinstein to Simelo R. Joyner Jr. and Gwynel C. Joyner. COUNTRY CLUB HOMES SUBDIVISION, LOT 8, SQUARE 8: $149,000, Anthony J. Schlosser III and Robin Schlosser to Heather L. Schumacher. GORDON AVE. 403:… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers for Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Mark T. Blackstone, Frederick W. Lund and Linda H. Lund sold this home at 709 Fielding Ave. in Gretna to Alexander Crnojevich for $145,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 CARITA DRIVE 149: donation, no value stated, Lisa R. Cannon to Ashlei E. Labit. CHURCH ST. 220: $55,000, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co. to La’Quir Walker. S. TISH DRIVE 124: $111,167, Standard Mortgage Corp. to Federal Home Loan… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers for Nov. 3 to Nov. 7

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jeffrey Lee Weyenberg sold this home at 319 Oakley Lane in Destrehan to Samuel Biscoe and Kelsi Morrison Biscoe for $215,500.

St. Charles Parish Transfers for Nov. 3 to Nov. 7 DUNLEITH DRIVE 61: Donation, Lionel Joseph Hymel III to Kerry H. Nesbit and Chloe L. Nesbit. OAKLEY LANE 319: $215,500, Jeffrey Lee Weyenberg to Samuel Biscoe and Kelsi Morrison Biscoe. MURRAY HILL DRIVE 208: Roland J. Dufresne… Continue reading →

St. Tammany parish property transfers for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Succession of Linda Knapp Rupp sold this home at 406 W. 23rd Ave. in Covington to Helen Ann H. Curran for $350,000.  St. Tammany Parish real estate transfers, photographed Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Oct. 29 TO Nov. 4 11TH ST. 22241: donation, no value stated, Moonraker Consulting LLC to Gail U. Ledet. EMERALD CREEK EAST 164: $185,000, Kevin W. Flowers to Fang Wang and Yongjian Liu. LEVEL ST. 22566: $125,000, Richard A. Olson and Ruth S. Olson… Continue reading →

Modern architect tackles an 1860s restoration in New Orleans’ Central City

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Marty McElveen, a Tulane architect, is renovating this Central City house that was built in the late 1850s. Photo taken Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The molding shown here is original to the house.

For an avowed modernist like architect Marty McElveen, the 1850s double gallery house on South Rampart Street might seem an unlikely choice. But buying the house meant a world of opportunity to the first-time homebuyer and a chance to live in the burgeoning Faubourg Lafayette neighborhood of Central City, no more than a block from Oretha… Continue reading →

Along with the music, dig the gardens at Central City fest

Photo by Jess Pinkham -- Denise Richter and Megan McHugh of Pistil & Stamen collect flowers in their Central City garden to work into arrangements.

When the Central City Festival is in full swing today, Big Freedia will be on stage aiming to break the world record for the number of people twerking simultaneously in one place. But if your idea of a good time runs more in the vein of begonias than bounce, a half-dozen urban gardens in the vicinity… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Oct. 22 to Oct. 28, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Heather B. Skidmore sold this home at 324 N. Lopez St. in New Orleans to Jennifer E. Ruley for $235,000.

New Orleans Transfers for Oct. 22 TO Oct. 28 BAUDIN ST. 4309-11: $45,000, Community Rehab Investors LLC to CTN Holdings LLC and Kingcake Real Estate LLC. BAUDIN ST. 4309-11: $15,000, I.V.C. L L C to Community Rehab Investors LLC. D’HEMECOURT ST. 3819-21: $35,000, Rosie Marie Manning Jones… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Sarah R. Ricks sold this home at 3104 39th St. in Metairie to Michele D. Zamora for $217,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30 CITRUS BLVD. 5700, SUITE D: $75,000, Indra S. Rodriguez, Frank Chaviano and Ann Mitchell to Jamie Testa. GENERES DRIVE 1509: $155,000, Patrick E. Flynn Estate to James J. Lee III and Lauren Chisesi. O’NEILL DRIVE 7211: $400,500, Gina Santopadre… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Alice E. Serrano sold this home at 1404 Mimosa St. in Marrero to Patrick L. Fertitta for $229,900.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30 MODERN FARMS ROAD 109: donation, no value stated, Jamie Guilbeau to Michael Guilbeau. RUTH DRIVE 532: $89,999, Anthony C. Cannata Jr. to Caitlin E. Ridgley and Donald J. Griffin II. 12TH ST. 125:… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Oct. 27-31, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jason Anthony Naquin and Rae Anne Ellisha Mendoza sold this home at 459 St. Charles Street in Norco to Keith Gerard Anderson and Janice Gaudet Anderson for $137,500.

St. Charles Transfers for Oct. 27 to Oct. 31 ASHLAND DRIVE 6: $222,000, Katherine C. Delaune and Sarah Delaune Carroll to James Thomas Thompson and Elizabeth Shannon Parker Thompson. LINWOOD DRIVE 22: $194,000, Norman Leblanc, Richard Leblanc and Kenneth Leblanc to Seth K. Ward and Alicia Veneziano Ward.… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Oct. 27-31, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jason Anthony Naquin and Rae Anne Ellisha Mendoza sold this home at 459 St. Charles Street in Norco to Keith Gerard Anderson and Janice Gaudet Anderson for $137,500.

St. Charles Transfers for Oct. 27 to Oct. 31 ASHLAND DRIVE 6: $222,000, Katherine C. Delaune and Sarah Delaune Carroll to James Thomas Thompson and Elizabeth Shannon Parker Thompson. LINWOOD DRIVE 22: $194,000, Norman Leblanc, Richard Leblanc and Kenneth Leblanc to Seth K. Ward and Alicia Veneziano Ward.… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish property transfers, Oct. 27-31, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Beverly Haney Pennebaker Williams sold this home at 204 Oak Point Dr. in LaPlace to Erik W. Mender and Alicia Gray Mender for $195,000.

St. John the Baptist Transfers for Oct. 27 to Oct. 31 SHEARWATER DRIVE 33: $79,900, U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. as Trustee for LSF8 Master Participation Trust to Courtney Campana and JoAnne Campana. BELMONT DRIVE 413: $60,000, Helen Joyce Berry Besch to DeFrancesch Family Partnership, LLC. SHADOW LANE 380:… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers for Oct. 21 to Oct. 28, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Garrett E. Rossero and Nicole E. Rossero sold this home at 205 Chaucer Lane in Mandeville to Mark A. Lucas and Laura C. Lucas for $286,500.  St. Tammany Parish real estate transfers, photographed Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Oct. 21 to Oct. 28 BALD EAGLE DRIVE 280: $607,500, Gremilion Homes Inc. to Arthur W. Koon II and Connie S. Koon. CHEROKEE DRIVE 147: $230,000, Kenneth A. Zulli Sr. and Christine P. Zulli to Jason Murray Sr. Golden Oaks subdivision, phase 1,… Continue reading →

Incorporate native plants, grasses and flowers into your home landscape

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Swamp sunflower.

The idea of restoring native ecosystems attracted Marc Pastorek’s interest in the 1990s, when he learned of the work of Charles Allen and Malcolm Vidrine. The two professors at Louisiana State University in Eunice had found scattered remnants of the native Cajun prairie, believed extinct, in southwest Louisiana. The discovery meant that seeds could be collected and… Continue reading →

Oilfield scientists adopt landmark on Bayou St. John in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- The historic 5,000-square-foot mansion on Moss Street is now a home for Mark and Cathy McRae. In one corner of the family room, a staircase leads up to the third level.

When Cathy and Mark McRae started their house hunt in New Orleans in 2011, they had no intention of buying a huge home. “But this house just screamed at us,” Mark McRae said. “Its architecture, its history, its location, its grounds — everything. When it came down to this house or one near Audubon Park, we… Continue reading →

Incorporating native plants, grasses and flowers into the home landscape

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Swamp sunflower.

The idea of restoring native ecosystems attracted Marc Pastorek’s interest in the 1990s, when he learned of the work of Drs. Charles Allen and Malcolm Vidrine. The two professors at Louisiana State University in Eunice had found scattered remnants of the native Cajun prairie, believed extinct, in southwest Louisiana. The discovery meant that seeds could be collected… Continue reading →

New Orleans Home & Garden Events through Nov. 21, 2014

CREATING BONSAI WORKSHOP: 9 a.m. to noon, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Garden Study Center. Jim Osborne leads a hands-on workshop about how to create bonsai from garden center stock. Bring a pot, sharp scissors, gloves and apron. Soil, wire and juniper provided. $35, pre-registration required. (504) 483-9473, scapley@nocp.org. TREES IN YOUR… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, Oct. 15-21, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Margaret B. Charbonnet sold this home at 147 28th St. in New Orleans to Timothy B. Nguyen and Sara T. Nguyen for $399,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 CAMP ST. 1446, UNIT 103: $304,000, Howard A. Shrum and Terri F. Shrum to John R. Guenard. CONSTANCE ST. 1319-21: $125,000, Sharon K. Phillips to Christopher Seth Dunlap and Rosa R. Dunlap. GIROD ST. 333, UNIT 207: $595,000, Nicole… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, Oct. 17-23, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Kathy C. Briant sold this home at 3013  Roosevelt Blvd. in Kenner to Gerardo P. Solis and Elida A. Solis for $195,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Oct. 17 to Oct. 23 ASHLAWN DRIVE 607: $169,000, Scott A. Shelley, Kelly D. Shelley and Evan M. Shelley to Lee T. Rouse and Brittany D. Rouse. DONELON DRIVE 74: $279,000, Dorothy D. Franz, Diane F. Scheets, Helen F. Eshleman and David E. Franz… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers, Oct. 17-23, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Frances C. Gomez sold this home at 776 Goucher St. in Gretna to Tommy Ngo for $79,500 .

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Oct. 17 to Oct. 23 GERRIE COURT 401: $80,000, Cherie L. Delacerda, Natalie R. Dison, William G. Dison II, Arielle M. Dison, Erin E. Dison, Sandra L. Borak, Jamie L. Gambino, Karl J. Labauve and Keith J. Labauve to Randy G. Coker Jr. Glen… Continue reading →

St. Charles real estate transfers for Oct. 20-24, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Nikki J. Dalferes and Kimberly Woulfe Dalferes sold this home at 512 West Hoover Dr. in Destrehan to Stephanie Marie Hebert for $119,000.

St. Charles Transfers for Oct. 20 to Oct. 24 LITTLE LESLIE’S PASTURE: $250,000, William J. Sirmon III and Erin Anderson Sirmon to St. Charles Parish Farm Bureau, Inc.… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish property transfers for Oct. 20-24, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER --  Marvin Gary Hartley sold this home at 1126 Cardinal St. in LaPlace to Joni Lynne Roussel for $90.000.

St. John transfers for Oct. 20 TO OCT. 24 CARDINAL ST. 1126: $90.000, Marvin Gary Hartley to Joni Lynne Roussel. ST. ANDREWS BLVD. 825: $5,500, Flagstar Bank, FSB to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of Washington, D.C. LAGI ST. 20: $180,000, Kembra Butler, wife of and Walter… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish property transfers, Oct. 7-20, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- John M. Barber and Yanan L. Barber sold this home at 1545 Ridgecrest Drive in Slidell to James R. Kish for $134,900.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Oct. 7 TO Oct. 20 ABITA SPRINGS ESTATES, LOT 10, SQUARE C: $15,000, Holice A. Jenkins and Junnie A. Strother to Jenkins Homes Inc. FRANCIS QUIMET ST. 26181: donation, no value stated, Celeste Clark Smith to Milton M. Smith. Hillcrest Country Club Estates, lot… Continue reading →

History rests peacefully among tombs of 19th-century cemetery

Photos by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Details from St. Roch Cemetery No. 1.

Where I’m walking: St. Roch Cemetery No. 1, 1725 St. Roch Ave. The 1873 cemetery is in Faubourg St. Roch, called “New Marigny” on the National Register of Historic Places. The rough boundaries of the neighborhood are North Claiborne Avenue on the north, St. Claude on the south, Press Street on the east… Continue reading →