210 Kokomo Lane in Bushwood Estates in St. Tammany Parish’s Bush, La.

If you’re just dying to get away from it all, and like new construction, you will love this listing at 210 Kokomo Lane in Bushwood Estates in Bush, La.

“This is like living in your own private wildlife preserve,” said the listing agent, Patricia Bradford, an agent with Burk Brokerage, LLC. “This house is on the banks of the Pearl River Navigational Canal and across from the Bogue Chitta Wildlife Preserve.”

Bradford added that the Pearl River Navigational Canal offers 14 miles of navigable water.

“You walk out of your back door down to sandy beaches, said Bradford, “and there’s fresh water for all kinds of water sports and fishing.”

There are 10 two-acre waterfront sites for sale here ranging from $69,000 to $95,000. Each is a waterfront lot. The private, gated community has its own sand beaches and its own concrete boat launch available to residents. One house, at 210 Kokomo Lane, has been built so far.

The Kokomo Lane house has three bedrooms and three full baths. There’s plenty of cabinet space in its kitchen, which also features black granite counter tops and a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer. It has easy-to-clean ceramic tile floors and all of its rooms are sunny and airy, some with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the magnificent views of the sand and water.

“There are no worries of flooding here,” said Bradford, “since the waterway is protected by a set of locks and not subject to tides or storm surge.”

Bush is on Louisiana Highway 21 between Covington and Bogalusa and Bushwood Estates is one hour from New Orleans and 30 minutes from either Slidell or Covington.

The earliest known settlement by Europeans in this area was in 1800 by Jacques Dreux. In 1813 John Wharton Collins established a town there with the name of Wharton. He is buried on the corner of the city cemetery directly across from the Covington Police Department. Commerce was brought here by boat up the Bogue Falaya River, which connects through the Tchefuncte River to Lake Pontchartrain. In 1888, the railroad came to town and in the late 20th century, with the expansion of Louisiana’s road system, many people who worked in New Orleans started living in Covington, commuting to work via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Covington’s claim to fame is a 10-foot-tall statue of Ronald Reagan on a six-foot base reputed to be the world’s largest of the former president.

The Great Southern Lumber Company (1906–38) mill was opened in Bougalousa in 1906, and the Goodyear (Frank Henry Goodyear and Charles Waterhouse Goodyear) interests of New York built a city around it that same year, to house workers for their sawmill. William H. Sullivan, the sawmill manager for the Goodyears, was town boss when the city was built (1906–1907) and then mayor until he died June 26, 1929. The city, designed by New Orleans architect Rathbone DeBuys and built from nothing in less than a year, with several hotels, a YMCA and YWCA, churches of all faiths, and houses for the workers and supervisors, was called the Magic City due to its rapid construction. Bogalusa was incorporated as a city on July 4, 1914. At its peak, the city had over 20,000 residents.

“The finest in waterfront living has arrived with the introduction of Bushwood Estates between these two great towns,” concluded Bradford. “Bushwood has been designed to create a lifestyle that delivers an upscale community within an intimate country setting.”

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