The last residential home on upper Bourbon St. likely to go commercial
One of the city's most iconic residences is up for lease, and some worry that once it goes, it will be the end of an era.
Former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs' old home in the heart of the French Quarter is now on the market, and it's doubtful it will ever be a single family residence again.
Welcome to a vanishing breed.
"Every time we lose a resident we lose some of that realness," said Meg Lousteau with the Vieux Carre Property Owner's Association.
She was standing in the 600 block of Bourbon St. in front the last home to be used solely as a private residence. It is now up for lease and it is not likely to be residential any more.
"It's the people who live here who maintain their properties, who go to the grocery, and keep it an actual neighborhood, and not just an entertainment zone," Lousteau said.
For 33 years, the house belonged to the former congresswoman, and Vatican Ambassador Boggs. It is now being offered for $42,000 a month by the man who bought it from her.
"He's very passionate and emotional, and cares a great deal about what happens with the property," said realtor Sydney Anderson, who is marketing the property.
Boggs' old home is filled with memories including one involving then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton, a rainy night, and the carriageway.
In his first presidential run, Clinton visited the Boggs home for a fundraiser after Gennifer Flowers claimed they had an affair.
On that wet night, Boggs graciously invited the media out of the weather and into the protected carriageway to grill her guest.
A marker once identified the residence, but was ordered removed by the Vieux Carre Commission.
Now there is a new sign out front placed by the current owner.
"We already have letters of interest," Anderson said.
Some visitors fear more bar rooms will ruin the residential feel.
"Eventually that erodes away, and you can't bring your kids to have the feel of what it was back then," Rafael Garza, of Texas, said.
Boggs was one of the last actual residents along upper Bourbon St., a place that is now known more for big beers and strip clubs than it is for comfortable living.
"I don't think that's viable," Lousteau said.
Realtor Sidney Anderson hopes someone will lease the home soon and use it as a place for private parties, or movies, while retaining as much of the historic style as possible.
"There are many people that want to buy it, but I don't think any of those purchasers would use it as a residence," Anderson said.
The current owner of the old Boggs home wants to lease the property for 15 years. The three story structure has a new roof, is almost exactly like Boggs left it, and also includes an unfinished slave quarter in the back.
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