New Orleans. Built in 1850, this five-bedroom home stands on a double lot in the historic Garden District. A 2012 renovation gave it an award-winning kitchen, a master suite with spa bathroom, and a wine cellar and tasting lounge, while preserving original details, including an ornate carved ceiling.

A wraparound porch leads out to gardens, a dining area with a grill, a patio with a pool, and parking for five cars. $3,500,000. Anne Comarda, Engel & Völkers, (504) 251-1020.

New Orleans. Paradise Park, a five-bedroom home a short walk from the French Quarter, was built during the cotton boom of the 1870s. The house has high ceilings, oversize windows, abundant light, and many historic features, as well as a formal parlor, a modern chef's kitchen, a wet bar, and a bath with sculpted art tiling.

The landscaped rear courtyard includes a saltwater pool and a spa. $1,690,000. Peter Patout, Talbot Historic Properties, (504) 481-4790.

Jarreau. Three-bedroom Maison Chenal, 1790, and one-bedroom Lacour House, circa 1750, are the main residences on this historic estate. The 75-acre property also includes Bayou House, 1820, with two bedrooms; many out-buildings; formal gardens; stands of live oak; and a boat lift on False ­River, an oxbow lake.

The estate's famed collection of 17th- and 18th-century French Creole and Acadian art and furniture comes with the purchase. $3,500,000. Peter Patout, Talbot ­Historic Properties, (504) 481-4790.

St. Francisville. This five-bedroom home is in The Bluffs, a community set on an Arnold Palmer golf course. Built around a central courtyard, the Costa Rican–style villa features vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, exposed beams, and a master suite with a soaking tub.

The 3.7-acre property comes with access to community amenities, including pools and fitness facilities. $1,475,000. Ernesto Caldeira, Dorian Bennett/Sotheby's International Realty, (504) 523-1553.

Lettsworth. White Hall Mansion was built in 1849 by Henry Howard. The four-bedroom main house of a former plantation, it has 14-foot ceilings, the original millwork, ornate moldings, a grand ballroom, expansive galleries, and a covered porch.

The 13.8-acre property on the banks of the Atchafalaya River includes two guesthouses, each with two bedrooms; an outdoor kitchen; formal gardens; and a saltwater pool. $2,900,000. ­Anthony Posey, Anthony Posey Properties, (504) 382-4425.

Mandeville. This three-bedroom 1974 brick ranch stands just off the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, across the water from New Orleans. The recently updated, open-plan house features oversize rooms, including formal living, dining, and breakfast rooms; a family room with a film screen and projector; and plenty of natural light.

Outside are a fenced backyard, lawns, live oaks, and a large garage converted to a home office and gym. $329,000. Elektra Fortune, Dorian Bennett/Sotheby's International Realty, (504) 236-9547.

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