1708 Stall Dr. in Harvey

This is a stunning house, it’s true, but what makes it even more desirable is the fact that it’s in Harvey, just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, out of the high demand and high priced district of the city.

“This is truly a beautiful home,” said Curtis Pettigrew, the listing agent with Century 21 Richard Berry and Associates. “It has crown molding, a cathedral ceiling and a wonderful open floor plan – plus there’s a cozy wood-burning fireplace.”

Pettigrew’s listing on Stall Drive has a lot of curb appeal with a large tree shading its entrance, a manicured lawn and double garage. Around the back are floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a nice patio and deck

“There’s a half-bath on the patio with double sink for outside cleaning,” Pettigrew added. “The windows have hurricane shutters and there’s extra parking on the other side of house.”

As you enter the house from the front, you’re impressed by the living room with its wall of windows, ceiling fan and chandelier. Another chandelier lights the dining room. The kitchen has all-wooden Singer cabinets, a stove and a double oven plus all the necessary appliances in sparkling white. A big plus: It has an easy-to-clean tile floor.

“All the floors are either ceramic tile or Berber carpet,” noted Pettigrew, “and one thing I particularly like is the abundance of cabinet space in the kitchen.”

A nice surprise awaits you in the great room: A cozy fireplace occupies one corner and the room itself is perfect for Saints parties, family gatherings and any other entertaining you like.

The house has two nice-sized bedrooms and two full- plus one half-bath. “The master suite even has a Jacuzzi tub with a separate shower,” said Pettigrew.

The town of Harvey, where this house is located, is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River from New Orleans and is in Jefferson Parish. Harvey’s public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public School System, which has its headquarters in Harvey, and include Helen Cox High School, West Jefferson High School, Woodmere Elementary School, Woodland West Elementary School, Ella C. Pittman Elementary School and Harvey Kindergarten Center.

There are also private schools available here: St. Ville Academy for High School Preparation and St Rosalie Elementary School.

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library here. The 35,000-square-foot facility opened in 1990 and is the largest public library on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.

“There are many brick homes in this area, which is ideal for easy maintenance,” commented Pettigrew. “Not only is this a sturdy house, but it’s close to a post office, a shopping center, a library and many fine restaurants.”

A recent newspaper article stated that the real estate market across the New Orleans area has strengthened over the past year or so, and buyers are reporting that it’s difficult to find a home in the right price range, the right location, and right condition.

This listing conveniently located and offered at an attractive price, and it’s a good idea to scoop it up now. The latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a 5.4 month inventory of homes for sale at the current pace, 22 percent where it was a year ago and the lowest inventory since February, 2006. In other words, the amount of homes for sale is very low right now, making the ones on the market more desirable to buyers searching for a place to live.

The report also indicated that mortgage rates have been at historic lows, so there’s only one direction for them to go. The NAR predicts that rates will gradually rise to average four percent. Also, this is a price that many first-time home buyers can afford. The NAR reports that first-timers are 30 percent of the market now. If you are a first-time buyer, or a buyer just looking for an affordable house, this is a very attractive offering.

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