177 14th Street

If a townhouse would fill your housing needs, this listing at 177 14th Street in Lakeview, bounded by Fleur de Lis Street and Pontchartrain Boulevard, would be a very good buy for you.

A townhouse shares a side with an adjoining property and is usually found in an urban or densely populated suburban area. It straddles the gap between a condominium and a single-family home, providing a more house-like environment than a condo but without the extensive land of a single-family home.

“There’s no upkeep of a townhouse,” said Ashley St. Germain, the listing agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Partners, Inc. “This property has a beautiful deck right off the great room, but no grass to cut and no yard to maintain.”

Since there is usually not a large plot of land attached to each townhome, and construction elements such as walls and foundations are shared, many townhouses offer more square footage for the money.

“This house is definitely priced fairly,” said St. Germain, “and it’s a good bargain for this neighborhood.”

Townhouses typically feature their own entrances and exits, so there is no common hallway or elevators to navigate when accessing the home.

“This means that residents have more privacy and quiet than condominium owners,’’ said St. Germain, “while also enjoying more safety benefits than many single-family homeowners, such as close neighbors watching the community and property.”

And indeed, this is a real neighborhood with a community vegetable garden just down the street where neighbors may put in their orders for fresh grown produce each week (which St. Germain has already taken advantage of).

A nice private entrance leads into an easy-to-maintain tile-floored foyer, with a guest bath just off to the right. The foyer flows into a good-sized kitchen, with all the requisite appliances and striking granite counter tops. A pass-through wide enough to eat on provides plenty of dining space for casual meals as well as an easy way to move cuisine from the kitchen to the dining area.

“The cook is never isolated thanks to this pass-through,” said St. Germain. “In fact, I liked it so much, I cut out a wall in my own house and added one.”

A great room with 10-foot ceilings, bamboo floors and baseboard-to-ceiling windows makes for easy entertaining in a sophisticated, yet casual setting. The great room opens onto a charming deck large enough for a table and chairs surrounded by a privacy fence and plenty of landscaping.

Most townhouses offer multi-level living, which provides the same feel as single-family home living, but at a lower cost. This makes the biggest difference in urban areas, where land cost makes private homes with acreage too expensive for many people.

This townhome has three bedrooms and two fully baths on its second level. The master suite has a to-die-for walk-in closet plus a bath that resembles a spa complete with a separate garden tub and shower.

This townhouse is only 16 years old, with a brand-new roof and it offers convenient off-street parking right in front.

Lakeview has always been an especially desirable neighborhood in which to live. It began developing slowly early in the 20th century, but the large scale residential development of most of the area began after World War II. Originally, Lakeview was mostly middle class, but by the late 20th century, many larger newly-constructed homes had replaced older, more modest homes in much of the neighborhood.

After Hurricane Katrina, by the spring of 2007, Lakeview was showing signs of life again. Businesses reopened, including some retail stores and restaurants and the Army Corps of Engineers finished repair work on the 17th Street Canal. Today, this neighborhood is bustling with Harrison Avenue again as its shopping corridor. It’s very convenient both to the I-10 and to Veterans Highway and Metairie.

“This home offers easy living with no maintenance, and it’s convenient to shopping as well as Metairie,” said St. Germain, “and it’s in move-in condition. You could bring your clothes and settle in right now.”

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