Native Restores New Orleans Historic Homes
After a very successful business career, native New Orleanian Claus Sadlier found his second calling as a preservationist of sorts. This newly-listed home at 827 Ursulines Avenue is his second complete remodeling project in the French Quarter. The first was so successful, he made it his private residence. He enjoys all aspects of the creative process involved in renovating historic houses from concept and construction to final décor package and decorating. Sadlier has an eye for neglected houses “with good bones” and creatively restores them to their original charm and beauty, while enhancing them with modern conveniences. Where possible, he restores original features such as chandeliers, heart pine floors and plaster walls. When necessary, he will find replicas of missing or damaged items such as ceiling medallions and door hardware.
Prior to this career, Sadlier lived in California where he worked in construction and real estate for the Taco Bell franchise. Seeing an opportunity, he later focused on the food service side of the industry. Sadlier went on to found and serve as CEO of Insulair® Cup Company, which invented and commercialized the world’s first insulated paper cup. His innovation is now used in more than one in three coffee shops around the world. Sadlier sold the company to Dixie Cup in 2006 and, in 2008, founded the CoverMate® Food Cover company. CoverMate is a stretch-to-fit food cover product sold in over 20,000 retail outlets including Walmart and Target. In 2012, CoverMate was sold to a division of Rubbermaid after which Sadlier moved from California back to New Orleans where he returned to real estate and construction in a personally fulfilling capacity.
827 Ursulines Avenue in New Orleans is Now Being Offered for Sale.
A classic, 1830 Creole Cottage, this home is one of the oldest on the block. Made from solid masonry brick and plaster, most of the wooden floor and ceiling joists are made from original cypress planks. Built pre-electricity, the house is designed to stay relatively cool in the hottest summers with high ceilings, open front-to-back flow and abundant, operable windows. The lot depth spans a half block including a tropical courtyard paved in original antique hard tan bricks – a lush paradise where one can relax and sip cocktails at sundown. The home is fully restored, retaining its past charm, yet modernized for comfort and convenience. The home boasts three beds, three baths, an open, light-filled floor plan, period mantels, medallions, moldings, crystal chandeliers and antique heart of pine hardwood floors. The gourmet kitchen is spacious and modern, a large primary suite houses a clawfoot tub, huge walk-in shower and four walk-in closets. Located in the coveted Lower Quarter residential neighborhood, it is steps from all French Quarter offerings.