5570 Bellaire Drive in Lakewood South

This listing at 5570 Bellaire Dr. in Lakewood South is a most unusual house. It has soaring ceilings, unique architectural windows and a huge loft overlooking its public rooms. Lakewood South is a neighborhood definitely off the beaten path and a community unto itself. It’s a little tricky to find, but once you know the way, it’s a charming family enclave of beautiful houses.

Beveled glass double doors welcome visitors into an all-white foyer with an impressive staircase to the second floor. The foyer leads visitors into a large great room with soaring ceilings and a cut-out for the second-floor loft. There are separate living and dining rooms and floors throughout are easy-to-clean marble or polished wood.

“The surprise, though, is the windows in the great room leading onto the patio,” said Joyce Delery, the listing agent with her sister Anne Delery Comarda at Delery Comarda Realtors. “They’re angled floor-to-ceiling with golden columns to set them off.” Plenty of light streams through them, giving the entire house a bright appearance. These soaring angled windows also offer a stunning view from the second-floor loft as well as providing plenty of light upstairs.

The extra-large kitchen of this home is truly to die for. Cabinets are in a muted color and it has all the requisite appliances, including a microwave. Upstairs are bedrooms and baths, some with walls and walls of mirrors. One bathroom, done in a pleasing beige, has a spa tub and easy-to-clean marble floors. The house has four bedrooms and three baths contained within 2,885 square feet of living area on a 60-by-199-foot lot.

“This is a house that could easily be used for entertaining a large crowd of people or a small family gathering,” said Joyce Delery. “The great room leads out onto a large patio centered around a fire pit which makes for a very inviting atmosphere.” There’s also a covered car port and a storage shed in the yard – as well as the stunning exterior views of the house.

The Lakewood neighborhood is bounded by Veterans Memorial Boulevard to the north, Pontchartrain Boulevard and the Pontchartrain Expressway to the east, Last, Quince, Hamilton, Peach, Mistletoe, Dixon, Cherry and Palmetto Streets to the south and the 17th Street Canal to the west.

For decades, Lakewood Country Club was in this neighborhood, predating most residential construction and bestowing its name upon the developing area. With the finalization of the I-10 and I-610 interstates in the 1960s, much of Lakewood’s golf course was expropriated for the sprawling I-10/I-610 interchange. Lakewood Country Club relocated to the Algiers neighborhood, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, and the remainder of the golf course was developed as the Lakewood North and Lakewood South subdivisions.

The former clubhouse remained for years, visible from I-10 and used as the main building for the now-closed New Orleans Academy. The clubhouse was ultimately demolished to make room for a church, itself demolished in the aftermath of catastrophic flooding occurring in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now, the neighborhood association sponsors block parties, crawfish boils and Halloween Haunts for the children. Often, an entire street will be closed off for neighbors to socialize and get to know one another.

“We really do love living in this neighborhood,” said Joyce Delery, whose family lived Uptown in the Broadmoor section of the city for many years. “First, one of us moved here, then the second one, and now, most of our family live right around here.”

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com or 504-947-6575

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