It’s almost time for the biggest party of the year: Mardi Gras.
So grab some beads and a hurricane cocktail and settle back with these elegant French colonial homes for a sale – a vestige of the French settlers who once populated the Big Easy.
1005 Governor Nicholls St, New Orleans, LA
For sale: $849,000
Like many French colonial homes in semi-tropical areas, this mini-estate features an enchanting garden oasis to complement its tall windows and tastefully understated storm shutters.
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12387 Shoal Forest Ln, Frisco, TX
For sale: $1 million
This French colonial boasts hinged shutters, a parlor with built-in bookshelves, and balconies adored with ornate ironwork. The master suite is a haven for pampering, with a coffee bar, two walk-in closets and a claw-foot tub alongside an oversized shower.
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138 Deloaks Rd, Madisonville, LA
For sale: $2.275 million
French colonial homes built on acreage are often called plantation homes – and they have the luxury of wide porches for sipping lemonade and taking in the breeze. This home along the Tchefuncte River boasts five fireplaces for chilly evenings.
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Vero Beach, FL
9230 E Marsh Island Dr, Vero Beach, FL
For sale: $2.2 million
Located on an island in South Florida, this home was built in 2005 but has the narrow windows and shutters, wide front balcony and French doors of a traditional French colonial home.
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New Orleans, LA
910 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA
For sale: $1.875 million
This Creole townhouse, which mixes French and Caribbean architectural elements, brings the elegance of a slate roof and copper gutters to a French Quarter home that dates to 1830.
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17 Thomas St, Charleston, SC
For sale: $1.459 million
Balconies figure prominently in French colonial architecture, although the most ornate railings were added during the subsequent Victorian era by people who found colonial design dull.
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5636 Longmont Dr, Houston, TX
For sale: $3.8 million
The French colonial style takes on a country manor look with larger houses, like this 8,715-square-foot mansion that’s Texas Big.
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2025 Fairwoods Dr, Shreveport, LA
For sale: $349,900
Modern homes like this one sometimes mimic the French colonial style, with steep roofs and tall windows. This one is billed as a cottage, but it measures more than 2,000 square feet.
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Los Angeles, CA
1286 Sunset Plaza Dr, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $5.149 million
Word had reached Los Angeles as far back as 1936, when this home was built, that French colonials had it all over elegance. A backyard pool, plus immense closets and a giant wine cooler bring a California sensibility to the mansion.
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904 E 26th St, Houston, TX
For sale: $659,000
Here’s a modern home outside Louisiana that makes the New Orleans Garden District look seem easy. Tall windows, a front porch and an ornate balcony: You almost expect to see beads flying through the air.
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Melissa Allison writes about real estate transactions and trends for Zillow Porchlight.