The French Quarter is synonymous with New Orleans and that makes sense because this was the city’s first developed neighborhood. Referred to as the “Quarter” by locals, this historic area dates back to the 1700s. Although the Quarter is over 400 years-old, today it includes all the comforts of modern living. The French Quarter has over 4000 residents and the real estate options range from small one-bedroom pieds-a-terre to much grander, historic homes. One thing that makes the French Quarter attractive to home buyers is its walkability and proximity to restaurants like Brennan’s and Arnaud’s and live music venues Preservation Hall and House of Blues. While many people may think of raucous Bourbon Street when the French Quarter is mentioned, this area gets quieter and more residential as you head east towards Esplanade Avenue. The French Quarter runs along the bank of the Mississippi River and is known for its vibrant nightlife, music clubs, and upscale shopping. French Quarter residents have easy access to the French Market, where they can purchase fresh produce, spices, and more. If you enjoy people watching, the centrally located Jackson Square offers a bustling scene of musicians, artists, and palm readers. Walk across the street from there and you’ll find St. Louis Cathedral, an Renaissance-style Catholic church built in 1794. The French Quarter is bordered on the east & west by Esplanade Avenue and Canal Street and on the north & south by the Mississippi River and Rampart Street. Unlike the rest of the city, in the French Quarter power lines are buried underground, which make the loss of electricity during a storm a rare occurrence.