6012 Bellaire Drive in Lakeview

Lakeview has always been one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city – but it’s usually a little pricy. This condo listing at 6012 Bellaire Drive is an opportunity to live in this most coveted neighborhood for under $200,000.

“We just love the open floor plan we have here,” said Jennifer White, the owner, who is moving to Houston for business. “You could have a formal living and dining room or leave it as a more casual setting for parties.”

The condo is one of only four in this complex and it includes three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in its two stories.

“This is an easy way to get in the neighborhood,” said Maureen Matthews, the listing agent with Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors. “A lot of people would like to live in Lakeview, but just can’t afford the prices.”

The downstairs of this condo has a living and dining room which flow right into a kitchen with granite counter tops and Bosch appliances. Easy-to-care-for 24-inch travertine tile marble floors are used throughout. There is also a gas vent less fireplace, windows on three sides to let in plenty of light and ceiling medallions that give it style.

The upstairs is very spacious with three bedrooms and two baths. The master bath has a much-desired double vanity and a double-headed shower. One exciting plus is that the master suite has a nice little balcony, letting in plenty of fresh air and providing a view of nature.

“We especially like looking out and seeing the pink crape myrtle when it’s blooming,” said White.

One of the nicest touches is the courtyard just off the kitchen. “We’ve had plenty of parties with our neighbors right here,” said White.

The condo fees are a low $220 a month, each unit pays its own water and termite contract and last year the association put on a new roof.

The Lakeview neighborhood was one of the first residential areas to develop around the beauty and leisure that surround the lakefront. The neighborhood is named for its close proximity to Lake Pontchartrain and is filled with frame cottages and brick ranch-style homes.

The area was originally owned by the Capuchins, an order of priests, who sold the land to Don Almonester y Roxas during the Spanish rule of New Orleans. After the Almonesters either developed or sold the land, Alexander Milne acquired most of Lakeview. The New Basin Canal was built by Irish immigrants and it became the main artery from Lake Pontchartrain to other parts of the city – both downtown and uptown.

Modern development of Lakeview began with a resort now called West End, an area frequented by traders, yachters and boaters. In 1880, a hotel, restaurant, garden and various amusements were built on a large wooden platform constructed over water. By 1921, New Orleans had completed improvements and built a seawall 500 feet further out in the lake and filling in the space that later became West End Park.

During this time, drainage of the whole area began and by 1909 all the swamps were drained, streets were installed and the New Orleans Land Company began selling the land. Lakeview’s first school was built in 1913 and destroyed by fire two years later. The first Catholic Church, Ave Maria Chapel, was erected in 1912 and destroyed by a storm in 1915. In 1923, St. Dominic’s Church and School were built on Harrison Ave. where they still remain today.

After the Second World War, the area underwent a complete modernization. West End Boulevard was repaved, buses replaced the streetcar and in 1949, the New Basin Canal was closed. Today, the recreational area along Lakeshore Drive is inviting to couples sunning on blankets and family barbeques.

“This is one of the few condos available in the very desirable neighborhood of Lakeview,” said Matthews, “and it’s listed at a very attractive price.”

Home Tour: Would you like to see the interiors of some historic homes? The Coliseum Square Association House Tour is today from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $25 at Coliseum Square, www.coliseumsquare.org

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

Statistics

  • Address: 6012 Bellaire Drive in Lakeview
  • Living area: 1,500 feet
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Baths: Two full/one half
  • Price: $189,900
  • Extras: Landscaping and alarm system. Condo fee: $220/month
  • Marketing agent: Maureen Matthews, Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors
  • 282-2611 • 610-6522 (cell)