1876 3-STORY GOTHIC-VICTORIAN GARDEN DISTRICT NEW ORLEANS MANSION PURCHASED FOR $2,250,000 BY MOVIE STAR SANDRA BULLOCK
5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, parlor, ballroom with 14' ceilings are within 6615 living sq ft. There is an unfinished 3rd floor with 1935 additional sq ft and 10’ ceilings. Flourishes within the house at time of purchase included opulent antique furniture, Victorian wallpaper, huge gold Gothic mirrors, antique shadow molding, ornate chandeliers, carved columns, large plaster medallions and marble mantels.
Known as the Koch-Mays house, or the Swiss Chalet House, or Freret’s Folly, the grand entry foyer is 41’x13’ with wood flooring of alternating pecan and sycamore, large doorways leading to parlor, ballroom and dining room. Ceilings are 14’ high. Architect William Freret built the house for James Eustis, a U.S. Senator and Ambassador to France. The fanciful exterior is all intricate iron work, elaborate fretwork and pointy gables that have been topped with lethal-looking, spear like ornaments.
Walk up the covered front porch into a grand foyer. The banquet sized dining room has long heavy drapes and champagne-colored damask wallpaper. The den has deep Burgundy wine colored walls. Kitchen is 16’x12’. There are several fireplaces. Master and other bedrooms are on the second floor.
The exterior features a massive lawn, big lagoon-like pool and sizeable motor court. This corner property is well-shielded and includes elegant gardens. Ms. Bullock may be making the interiors more informal… time will tell. She owns various other properties throughout the US but N’Awlins has become the home of choice of many other movie stars as well.