Nicolas Cage’s Former New Orleans Mansion Lands on the Market for $10.3 Million

The late Marie Delphine LaLaurie is remembered as both a wealthy New Orleans socialite and an enslaver, and her gruesome legacy is tied to a historic mansion on Royal Street, which has been seen on America’s Most Haunted Homes and depicted on FX’s American Horror Story: Coven. 

Though it is rumored to be haunted, according to The Wall Street Journal, that didn’t stop actor Nicolas Cage from buying the home in 2007. Two years later, the Hollywood icon, struggling to maintain a vast portfolio of properties around the world, lost the property to foreclosure; it was eventually scooped up by energy trader Michael Whalen for around $2.1 million in 2010. Whalen proceeded to pour over $4 million into renovations before recently putting the property back on the market for $10.25 million. Patrick Knudsen of Latter & Blum | Compass holds the listing. 

The primary bedroom is a moody, decadent space with silk drapes and lavender jacquard wall coverings.


The LaLaurie Mansion spans a commodious 10,284 square feet with a host of amenities that highlight its historical significance and grandeur. The home was completed in the 1830s, but its original structure was burned in an 1834 fire. The mishap left the charred interiors of the building exposed to the street, at which time abused slaves and chained bodies became visible to other residents of the French Quarter. Disgusted onlookers destroyed what remained of the structure, and the LaLaurie family reportedly sold the land by 1837. 

An Empire-style antebellum home was later built on the property and was used as a girls’ high school at one point. It now features a three-story structure that houses the main house and is connected to a four-story service wing. New images of the home appear to lean into its spooky history, adding eye-catching colors like bright red, purple, black, and a wicked-green hue to modernized living and dining areas. Eight bedrooms, eight baths, and two powder rooms are spread across its expansive square footage, which is topped by a private rooftop deck. 

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Beyond the gated entrance, double parlors come into view alongside a billiards room, a guest suite, and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar. The gourmet kitchen and elegant dining room are found on the second level, where a wrap-around balcony grants views of the cityscape and the street life below. The primary suite, plus two others, are accessible on the floor above. While it might not be the primary, one of the guest suites dons red lacquered walls that feel devilishly deluxe. The service wing contains two apartments and additional bedroom suites for overflow guests and staff.

A central brick courtyard is ideal for catching a breath of fresh air and taking in the historic property. 

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