Anne Rice wants to go home. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, she announced a couple of days ago that she is definately looking for a place in that classic, old city which holds so many of her memories.
And, according to this post written two days ago on the immensely popular “Anne Rice Facebook Page”, the author of more than 30 novels, knows exactly what she’s looking for:
“I want a pied a terre in the French Quarter in New Orleans. I’m missing the city something terrible. I’m looking to swap my Navarre Beach gulf front condo for a condo of comparable market value in the French Quarter. I’m throwing the word out. Anybody interested email me. My email’s on my website, and well known. Email me. Or contact my agent directly in Florida. See the link below. I have to get a pied a terre in New Orleans. I can suffer no longer. Come on, all you old New Orleans spirits and ghosts. Spread the word for me. Whisper in the ears of the real estate agents down there!”
And than yesterday, another post:
“New Orleans, I want a pied a terre in the Quarter! Come on, where is that condo owner in the Quarter who wants to swap his or her condo for my beautiful Gulf Front condo in Navarre Beach, Florida? I’m talking real estate trade of condos of comparable market value. And here’s the link to what I have to offer, and that will take you to the site of my agent in Florida. Come on, New Orleans. I need you! Answer me. I need to be walking those beautiful narrow streets, drinking cafe au lait, eating oyster poor boys, wandering Jackson Square. My vampires want me to come back! Not full time, no, just any time — to my own pied a terre. Help, help! Vampires of the world, unite! Support me. Have I ever written a single lie about you? Never.”
“A pied-à-terre (French pronunciation: [pje.ta’tɛʁ] ; French for “foot on the ground”) is a small living unit usually located in a large city some distance away from an individual’s primary residence. It may be an apartment or condominium.”
We decided to ask Anne Rice a few questions about her decision:
1) What do you think was the deciding factor in wanting to go back to New Orleans?
Hard to say. For a long time the thought of visiting was just too painful. I had had a great
life there, simply a great life, renovating big old houses, giving huge family reunions, entertaining
at Mardi Gras , but I suffered terrible losses — my father’s death, the
death of beloved aunts and an uncle, and finally my husband’s death. I needed time. But lately, I’ve begun to realize that I miss New Orleans terribly and that I could go back and have a new and different kind of life in the middle of the excitement and romance of the French Quarter, a part of town which I’ve always loved and in which I’ve never really lived. Something in me said: yes. That’s the way to go back. Go back to a fresh and different kind of existence in the Vieux Carre, in a condo that can be a second home. A couple of bedrooms, space for books, and a desk, a pleasant living room for visiting friends, that’s really all I need now.
2) What will you do with the California place (how much time where)?
I’ll continue to make my home in Palm Desert with a rental apartment in Los Angeles.
My home is the West Coast now; but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a second home in New
Orleans. I’ve always done well as a writer by working in two different places. For years,
it was New Orleans and Florida. Now it will be California and New Orleans.
3) What would be the biggest change?
New Orleans is a subtropical and romantic city like none other in the country. . I don’t think there is a neighborhood in North America like the French Quarter , truly a world unto itself, so rich in architecture, legends, hauntings, fine restaurants, unusual shops, and merrymaking crowds passing up and down Bourbon Street and Royal Street and through Jackson Square. I long to be there, to be walking those narrow colorful streets again, to have cafe au lait at the Cafe Du Monde, to visit the St. Louis Cathedral, just to drink in the scents and colors of the Quarter, and to be in the cityscape that gave birth to my beloved vampire characters, Claudia, Lestat and Louis. I need to be there some of the time. I need an infusion of atmosphere and ambience, and vintage New Orleans ways.
It is well known by loyal Anne Rice fans the world over that New Orleans is the primary setting for “Interview with the Vampire”, as well as, playing an integral part in many of her other novels, including some of the “Vampire Chronicles” and “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches”.
Mrs. Rice grew up at 2301 St. Charles Avenue on the famous St. Charles Streetcar line, and on the old uptown Mardi Gras parade route.
During the course of her life, she has lived in Texas, San Francisco, Florida and California.
In 1988, the family, which now included a son (the writer, Christopher Rice) moved back to New Orleans where she completed the “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” and “Violin”. Anne lost her beloved husband there and cites his death and the relocating of her son to California as the reason for her move to southern California right before Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
However, no matter where her life has taken her, New Orleans has always been home and, just as her characters do on a daily basis, New Orleans is calling her back to it’s heart.
Anyone interested in Anne’s offer can find pictures of her Florida condo and her real estate agent in Florida at this link – http://www.coldwellbanker.com/property?propertyId=240581147&mode=detail&…
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