Land…lots of land…under starry skies above. Land…lots of land…under starry skies above. Advocate story June 01, 2013 Comments That’s what you’ll get if you buy this listing at 146 Miano Dr. in Garyville’s Hope Plantation subdivision. This lot is HUGE – see the exact dimensions below. “This is paradise here,” said Tina Catoire, who owns the house with her husband Stanley. “We have a peaceful back yard, and from the front of the house, you can’t even tell it’s back here.” Tina and Stanley own a landscaping company, so their yard is in pristine, manicured shape. They love the space they have here, but are moving to be nearer elderly family members. This 1,690-foot-home opens into an 18 x 13-foot kitchen off its carport – it seems that in the country, visitors enter from the back door, not the front. The kitchen is very welcoming, not the least because Tina is there to say hi. It has a built-in range, built-in microwave, double sink, granite counter tops, 42-inch cabinets, an island with more cabinets and a large pantry. The ceramic tile floor makes for easy, easy cleanup. “But even though this kitchen is a nice size,” explained Catoire, “when we have big family dinners, we just set up tables right outside on the car port – the kids can run around and we can enjoy the yard.” There is a separate laundry room, also with ceramic tile and three bedrooms, all with crown molding plus the master suite has a spacious walk-in closet. Its bath offers a garden tub, a separate shower, wash basin and more granite counter tops. There is a living room also, right inside the front door, with double crown molding and the whole house is clean, clean, clean and painted in neutral colors – ready to move in. For all its size, this home is very easy maintenance. It has a hardy plank exterior, a metal roof, a raised wooden front porch with brick steps and an upgraded air conditioning/heating unit. If you qualify, you may be eligible for a rural home loan. This translates into 100 percent financing – so be sure to ask Edler about it. One of the fun things about visiting this listing is meeting the agent, Ched Edler. Edler grew up in this area, knows everybody there is to know and can tell you lots of features of this neighborhood. “Every year, we welcome Santa with our bonfires on the levee,” he said, pointing out the construction of huge teepees of wood along the River Road. “This one belongs to the Vicknair family and this one to the Guidry family.” And on and on in that vein. He can also name the different plants and businesses along Airline Highway and the River Road and all the churches – of which there are many – his own house, his mother’s house and his sister’s house – all within a couple of blocks of each other. “This is a very family-oriented neighborhood,” he said, “and all the families know one another.” Plus, Edler is just a really nice guy. For example, he and his family – wife Tina and three sons – spent their entire Thanksgiving day delivering food to the less fortunate throughout the parish. And their own Thanksgiving dinner? “We were all so tired after that, we just wanted to take a shower and get into bed,” he laughed, “but now I have a huge hankering for some mirletons with shrimp.” If you’d like to see this listing, my advice is: If you’re not totally familiar with St. John the Baptist Parish, meet Edler at his Latter & Blum office on Airline Highway (that, I could find easily) and let him drive you to Miano Drive. If you’ve been dreaming of buying a nice house in a peaceful, rural area, this may be the one for you. Land…lots of land…under starry skies above may just be awaiting you.