ERNESTO CALDEIRA: Ernesto Caldeira has been a New Orleans and Woodville, Mississippi resident since 1971. Over the years he has been involved in restorations from New York to New Orleans and in 1986 was a co-recipient of the Vieux Carre Honor Award for the restoration of 516 St. Philip Street in the French Quarter. His genealogy of the Davis family appeared in Volume IV of the Papers of Jefferson Davis, LSU Press, and Rice University. It involves his work as a partner in the restoration of Rosemont Plantation, the Davis family home in Woodville, Mississippi, which brought him to the south.

THE PLANTATION WORLD OF WILKINSON COUNTY MISSISSIPPI 1792-2012 which he has co-authored with Stella Pitts, a retired Times Picayune journalist, was released in November of 2013. It is a 316 page, hard cover, coffee table book in full color with histories and stories on over fifty major plantations in that early Mississippi county. It was an all volunteer project in the making for several years and was published by the Woodville Civic Club and the Wilkinson County Museum and was awarded the MISSISSIPPI HERITAGE TRUST AWARD for education preservation at the June 2014 annual meeting in Tupelo, Mississippi.

It can be reserved and/or ordered via PayPal on the museum website at www.historicwoodville.com.

He is active as Executive Director of the all volunteer Wilkinson County Museum in Woodville, recently served as a trustee of the Mississippi Heritage Trust for a six year term, he was a board member of the Friends of the Cabildo in New Orleans for which he won the outstanding volunteer award, and has been on the board of the Vieux Carre Property Owners Resident & Associates Inc.

Prior to coming South he lived in New York City and was in the 1960′s Associate Producer of the CBS-TV daytime drama Search for Tomorrow. He has always lived in the French Quarter, where he recently restored a Creole Cottage at 1022 Dauphine Street, and was a co-recipient of the Vieux Carre Honor Award for the best restoration of a townhouse at 514 St. Philip Street.

He has been a top producer for Dorian M. Bennett, Inc. since 1989 and is a Super Star Life Member of the New Orleans Realtors Association. For the last 20 plus years he has consistently ranked among the top 50 or so agents for sales in the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors annual list with over four thousand realtors.

His focus is on historic properties. He brings a lifetime of business experience and knowledge of the local scene to his active real estate practice.


David Abner Smith is a native of Woodville Mississippi and when he was ten years old he signed up as a junior volunteer for the Wilkinson County Museum as a guide for their big fund raiser that Spring.   That launched a lifetime of community service and involvement.

Ernesto and David began working together at the museum and have been real estate partners for most of the last decade.

David owns a guest-house in Woodville where he received the Mississippi Heritage Trust Preservation Award of Merit and where he has completed several federal rehabilitation tax credit projects. He also works with his family in several catering and restaurant operations in Woodville and in St. Francisville.  David has lived in the French Quarter but currently is living in the CBD.

In the Quarter he is a partner in the highly acclaimed EAT Restaurant, the restaurant Vacherie, and Cafe Conti; and in the last couple of years he has partnered and launched two CBD restaurants on Lafayette Square . . . . .  Between the Bread and Café At the Square.

He graduated from Ole Miss and has served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Heritage Trust and has served as Chairman of the statewide jury of the “Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites” in Mississippi. He has served as state-wide Chairman of the Association of Local Historic Preservation Officials and just recently served as a member of the Board of Aldermen for the Town of Woodville. He is past Chairman of the Woodville Historic Preservation Commission and serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilkinson County Museum.

The old expression . . .If you want to get something done give it to a busy person  . . . works for this real estate team.

Call us for the  French Quarter, the Garden District, and for plantations and historic houses in Louisiana and Mississippi!


In the last few months we have closed on our wonderful cottage, The Fox House, in Monticello, 923 Orleans a single family in the Quarter, and 735-37 Dumaine an 1840′s townhouse between Bourbon and Royal.

In the last few weeks we have several others under contract:

  • The Goodwin Harrison House in Macon, Mississippi which has been listed for $199,000
  • Idlewild Plantation in Port Gibson which has been listed for $199,000
  • The Shreve House just down the street in Port Gibson which was listed at $70,000
  • And a wonderful country property at 1176 Curtis Road in Hazlehurst.

The inventory of all properties in the French Quarter is at ts lowest in a long time but we do have two properties with new prices:

  • That exciting contemporary house on Madison Street right behind the Lower Pontalba . . . once a tomato warehouse and then a theater . .but now a smashing residence . .at $2,995,000. 
  • And a great little walk-up condominium on the third floor at 404 Burgundy which is now at $197,500.

We have two properties in the French Quarter under contract:

  • 515 Toulouse / 516 Wilkinson Row  . . a huge building perfect for a condominium conversion which was listed at $1,999,000 
  • 834 Governor Nicholls . . .a 1500 sf Creole Cottage on one of the best blocks in the Quarter

In Marigny we have a good investment property . . .a four-plex at 2470 Dauphine Street . . it is two houses . . each with two units . . with a gross rental of $3200 monthly and an offering price of $440,000.


Be sure to look at our listings in Mississippi:

  • Henleyville . . . a 20 acre estate with three houses                      Also a 40 acre farm with a brand new house
  • Poplarville . . . a rustic house on the Wolf River
  • Canton . . . A classic 1852 Greek Revival . The Priestley House
  • Summit . . . a five acre WWII beauty with pool 5BR 6BA
  • McComb. . . a B&B downtown
  • Vicksburg where we have several great historic houses Cedar Grove Inn  . . a 35 room hotel and restaurant           And the Duff Green Mansion                                               And Grey Oaks                                                                The George Washington Ball House                                     Historic Annabelle B&B at 501 Speed Street                     And 719 Farmer
  • Wesson where we have a newer house on 20 wooded acres

We have several historic homes listed in Natchez and Church Hill.


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