If you’ve ever had the wild dream of owning a home on your own private beach, this is the house for you. This gorgeous home at 226 Esquinance St. in Mandeville is a short walk right into Lake Pontchartrain.
This house is right in the heart of the country, yet just five minutes from the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. It’s reached through a winding driveway set off by brick posts topped by lanterns. There are plenty of mature trees that give it a real out-of-the-city feel.
The house was originally built 142 years ago as the home for the manager of a lumber mill, then was completely gutted in 1989 and the recipient of a $600,000 renovation with William Sonner as the supervision architect.
The house now is gracious and welcoming with beautiful wooden floors, high beamed ceilings and plenty of natural woodwork.
“There’s more cypress in this house than in the forest,” quipped F. Barret Normann, the listing agent, with F. Barret Normann Real Estate.
The living room is most cozy with a natural brick fireplace. It leads into a welcoming dining room with swag draperies and a gleaming, glowing chandelier. A great room with yet another fireplace invites readers to linger with tall bookcases flanking a window.
The kitchen is to die for, naturally. It has all the requisite appliances: double oven, subzero side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, deep sink, restaurant cooktop stove, an island with wine storage built in, granite counter tops and a deep, deep sink. It also has a real country feel with natural wood cabinets and lots and lots of counter space. Extras include a Mexican tile floor, recessed lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the room in natural light.
The house has five bedrooms and the master suite is truly stunning. Its spa bath is a study in white and easy, easy to keep clean and shining. There’s also a playroom to keep youngsters occupied.
The outside of Esquinance is as enchanting as its inside. There’s a huge pool, a cabana, a big exercise room – and my personal favorite – outside his and her showers with hot water. There’s also a garage large enough for at least three cars, a shelf for cleaning fish, a work room and a pecky cypress gun room. “This could be a beautiful study,” commented Normann, “if you don’t need it for your rod and reels or your hunting equipment.”
The owners are in love with living in the outdoors and have included a fireplace, a gas grill and a charcoal grill all around a brick patio which is perfect for entertaining and relaxing. This would be a perfect home for owners who like to live close to the city, but in an area with a country atmosphere.
“This house has a quiet, country feeling,” said Normann, “yet it’s only minutes from Mandeville and the Causeway.”
The town of Mandeville was laid out in 1834 by developer Bernard de Marigny from agricultural land and became a popular summer destination for New Orleanians wishing to escape the city’s heat.
In the mid-19th century, regular daily steamboat traffic between New Orleans and Mandeville began, and by the end of the Victorian era, it had become a popular weekend destination of New Orleanians. Bands would play music on the ships going across the lake and at pavilions and dance halls in Mandeville.
In 1956, the first span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened to automobile traffic. A second span was added in 1969. The new road spurred the growth of Mandeville and the surrounding area as a suburban commuter community for people working in New Orleans. This trend increased in the 1980s and 1990s, further integrating Mandeville into the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area.
Mandeville is also home to the largest certified southern live oak tree, the Seven Sisters Oak.
Angela Carll may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-947-6575
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