140 Bonnabel in Old Metairie

Old Metairie is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city in which to live. This listing, priced under the $500,000 mark, is an especially good buy for this neighborhood.

“This house has Uptown charm with a huge rear yard,” said Lynne Mire, the owner/agent with Talbot Realty Group. “The 2004 renovations make this a real showcase home.”

The house has definite curb appeal with pristine white paint, protected by a large tree near its curb and a beautiful white crepe myrtle shading its entrance. The lawn is a healthy green and its bushes are precisely trimmed.

It has a very welcoming great room with an easy-to-clean porcelain tile floor and plenty of light thanks to recessed lighting and two sets of French doors that open to the patio. “This den overlooks a beautiful fenced yard with landscape lighting,” said Mire. “It’s really beautiful at night.” There is also a storage shed included in the yard.

Its kitchen is bright and cheerful with sparkling white appliances and an island for easy food preparation. “The dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and range all stay with the house,” commented Mire. The laundry room is good sized to hold a washer and dryer plus plenty of cabinets.

Although it’s easy to imagine family and friends gathering in the casual den, the house does have a formal living room and a separate formal dining room. “We were able to use the original oak and pine floors throughout,” said Mire. “They make a nice appearance in the living and dining rooms.”

There is also a snappy sun room painted a cheerful shade of pumpkin with black and white block tile floors. The owners are using it as a breakfast room, but it could be turned into a children’s play area, sewing room or office.

The patio is covered with a green and white striped awning, has a scored concrete floor and can be put to good use as the weather turns cooler. The backyard has trees for shade and is completely fenced, so youngsters can play safely while their parents barbeque and visit.

“This house has a wonderful layout of living areas,” said Mire. “It also has nice-sized rooms, a new 30-year roof and newer front windows.”

Old Metairie, where this house is located, is part of the vast suburban expanse of Metairie and is the first real suburb of New Orleans, a small part of Jefferson Parish. Its commercial district, Metairie Road, filled with small shops, coffee houses and a specialty grocery, bisects the area, yet most of Old Metairie is primarily residential. In addition to Metairie Country Club, Old Metairie is home to the New Orleans Country Club as well as two Roman Catholic parishes, St. Francis Xavier and St. Catherine of Siena.

Metairie (which means “small farm” in French) was a rural agricultural community throughout the 19th century. Bayou Road, which led into the city, was joined by the dreary little gravel road named City Park Avenue (it wasn’t even paved until the 1920s), and it was only after the Civil War that this extension of Bayou Road’s name was changed to Metairie Road. During the Civil War, a portion of Metairie that was used as a racetrack was converted into an army training camp for a short time. This is now the site of Metairie Cemetery, the burial ground of many prominent New Orleanians.

When the natural swamps between Metairie Ridge and Lake Pontchartrain were drained in the 1940s, Metairie’s population grew quickly as a result of the cheaper land, lower taxes and larger lots than in Orleans Parish.

In more recent history, there were fewer deaths and less damage in Old Metairie during Hurricane Katrina, largely because the Metairie side of the 17th Street Canal did not breach. Since its development, Old Metairie has always offered an upper class suburban lifestyle and this listing fits in perfectly with that.

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

About this house

Address: 140 Bonnabel Boulevard

Lot size: 50 x 156 feet

Living area: 2,721 feet

Total area: 3,120 feet

Bedrooms: Three

Baths: Two full and one half

Price: $459,000

Extras: Oak and pine floors, large rear yard

Marketing agent: Lynne Mire (owner/agent)

Talbot Realty Group

504-525-9763


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