Anne Rice Queen of Vampire Novels & New Orleans Mansions

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Anne Rice: Queen of Vampire Novels & New Orleans Mansions

With the loss of life of Anne Rice in December on the age of 80, New Orleans misplaced one in every of its most unusual characters. The writer of the 1976 smash hit Interview With a Vampire and its 13 sequels amongst her forty novels offered greater than 150 million books throughout her prolific profession, ceaselessly altering the picture of the vampire in literature and provoking numerous different writers. A New Orleans native, Anne championed the town’s Southern Gothic aesthetic and owned many lavish NOLA properties, together with an 1880’s Saint Charles Avenue mansion that’s stated to be haunted.

Her legions of followers flocked to the Backyard District and French Quarter, desperate to retrace the steps of her characters and take within the metropolis’s spooky ambiance.

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In 1993, Rice bought a three-story, red-brick, Nineteenth-century constructing referred to as St. Elizabeth’s, which had previously been an orphanage and a Catholic woman’s college. Anne turned it into the most important residence in New Orleans, taking on a whole metropolis block. She hosted charity fundraisers and gave public excursions, utilizing the cash to revive the 47,000-square-foot constructing, which is on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.

Downsizing after the loss of life of her husband, she offered the constructing to builders who transformed the house to luxurious condos. The most important and most spectacular unit, The Chapel, was offered at public sale in 2018.

Used for spiritual companies through the orphanage days, Anne used this part of her residence to accommodate her intensive doll assortment. Now a 5,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, five-bath condominium, the utterly renovated Chapel options attractive 17’ stained glass home windows that bathe the creamy partitions and blonde hardwood flooring with subtly tinted mild. Excessive-end finishes protect the house’s historic particulars and distinctive allure.

The beautiful Nice Room takes benefit of the condominium’s two tales and 24’-cathedral ceilings whereas an open ground plan seamlessly integrates the residing and eating areas. The state-of-the-art kitchen contains Thermador home equipment, Berloni cupboards, a butler’s pantry, and a wine room. The spacious main bedroom options excessive ceilings and an ample walk-in closet, plus a toilet with twin vanities, heated mirrors, and a 16-jet bathe.

The house additionally sports activities a library, den, laundry, and theatre. Prime-of-the-line neighborhood options comparable to an in-ground pool, superbly landscaped grounds, a number of galleries, gated parking, on-site safety, ample frequent areas, and a chic courtyard full the St. Elizabeth’s expertise.

On the Mardi Gras Parade route, St. Elizabeth’s boasts an unbeatable location in New Orleans’ Backyard District.  The home is barely 5 minutes away from the well-known Audubon Zoo and strolling distance from the historic Saint Charles Streetcar, the world’s oldest constantly working line. The house can also be conveniently situated for the Jazz and Heritage Pageant and the Voodoo Pageant, in addition to near quite a few retailers, eating places, parks, and even centuries-old cemeteries for these with macabre tastes. The grand dame of Goth herself rests in a household crypt solely a brief drive away.

The itemizing was held by Rosy Wilson of Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty.

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