Even if Allison tried, she could not stop being intrigued by houses. Indeed it was a house that brought Allison to New Orleans. In 2001, she and her husband left California to pursue their dream of owning an affordable home. Moved by the charm and elegance of New Orleans architecture and seeing the expanding potential in the blocks below Magazine Street, they spent the next ten months renovating a one-hundred-year-old blighted cottage. Since then, Allison has gained considerable experience in redesigning and restoring several houses in the city. Her current Riverbend home is a work in progress. She is also a landlord.
Her passion for New Orleans houses and design prompted Jean-Paul Villere to ask Allison to pursue her license on their very first meeting and to join his brokerage. She is able to talk knowledgeably about house construction, design as well as the effort and cost of potential renovations; her husband is a professional renovator.
Allison believes that home ownership is an important key to financial security, and she is committed to helping buyers and sellers at all price levels. She recognizes the need for both creative thinking and realistic strategies in the current competitive market.
When she is not thinking about houses, Allison is a creative writer who has won multiple awards for her short stories, and her work will appear in the 2014 O’Henry Prize Stories. She is a co-author of the recently released guide The French Quarter Drinking Companion (Pelican Press). Allison holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College and has taught writing and reading at the university, high school and elementary levels.