Geographic Boundaries of the Bywater
By now you may have checked some of the listings of Bywater homes for sale. If you're seriously considering the area, you'll love to learn more about the history. The Bywater is part of New Orleans’ Upper Ninth Ward, and separated from the Lower Ninth by the Industrial Canal. Prior to 1914, when the canal was dug, these upper and lower distinctions did not exist. Bywater homes for sale border the Marigny to the west, with a boundary along the old Press Street railroad tracks, and St. Roch to the north.
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History of the Bywater
Like many outlying neighborhoods, the Bywater area was once plotted for plantations. White Creoles of Spanish and French descent were among the first post-antebellum settlers, along with those descended from Native Americans, former slaves and other free people of color. Into the 19th century, Irish, Italians and Germans discovered the area, as well. As the French Quarter became more of a tourist destination, rather than a residential district, many artists followed them into the Bywater. More recently, the arrival of Studio Be and Music Box Village, a long-hoped-for reconstruction of the St. Roch Market, and the opening of the new Crescent Park have brought still more newcomers.
Architecture Then and Now
Creole cottages and shotgun homes provide historical grounding among the area’s commercial and industrial buildings. The Bywater’s role as an artists’ enclave is underscored by the local street creations that adorn these funky streets. Ornamental wrought iron speaks to the Bywater’s deep colonial roots, while colorful paint palettes connect the neighborhood with the area’s colloquial role as the northernmost outpost in the Caribbean. It all blends into an architectural style that’s largely unique to the Bywater.
Features of the Neighborhood
By now you may already be imagining yourself living in one of the Bywater homes for sale. Whether you’re looking for a neighborhood restaurant that was named one of the Top 10 in the nation by Bon Appetit, a cool microbrewery or one of the few remaining record stores in NOLA, the Bywater is stuffed with tucked-away finds.
The Marigny is also home to some of New Orleans’ trendiest restaurants, where inventive chefs reinvest and reinvent the local cuisine before happy diners’ very eyes.
Arts & Nightlife
The Bywater is home to the Homer A. Plessy Community School, named after the early Civil Rights-era pioneer. The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts also offers instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, music, theater, visual arts and creative writing.
Explore the Bywater Homes for Sale
Tucked away, yet close to everything; quiet and suburban, yet brimming with wit and verve, the Bywater is one of New Orleans’ gems. If you’re interested in checking out Bywater homes for sale, our team can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Set up an appointment here. We’re ready to start looking with you today.