This listing at 109 Cedar St. in Madisonville is a house for someone who would love to be surrounded by towering trees in a peaceful, bucolic setting.
“This exceptional property was designed by architect John Chrestia,” said Polly Eagan, the listing agent with Keller Williams Realty New Orleans, “and this contractor’s private residence with a whimsical flair is being offered for the first time.”
The four-year-old transitional design home has a circular drive with well-planned landscaping using native plants. The house was constructed with a combination of old materials enhanced with modern conveniences.
Once you enter, its design takes your breath away. Walls and walls of windows open to scenic views of the wetlands and Bayou De Zaire, which serves as a private boat dock with deep water access to Lake Pontchartrain. The back of the house boasts an inviting sprawling screened porch with a wood-burning fireplace with gas and views of an enormous back yard filled with mature trees.
The living room is sunny and bright, thanks to all its windows, and features wide pickled pine hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace with a gas connection.
The kitchen is also bright, with open shelving, top-of-the-line granite countertops and stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, double sink and oven. On the first floor is also a pow der room with white Carrera marble.
“This house has a beautiful open floor plan with 10-foot ceilings and deep crown moldings,” noted Eagan, “plus, there are custom made all-wood cabinets in the kitchen, baths and family room.”
All of us ageing baby boomers will breathe a sigh of relief at the downstairs master suite. “There are walk- in closets and ample storage space,” said Eagan, “and the master bath has crema marfil marble floors, counters and a steam shower, a hydro tub and an antique fan window.”
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and two baths. “Antique windows and doors from several Uptown New Orleans homes have been used in many of the rooms,” said Eagan. “This is a great opportunity to make this one-of-a-kind property your own.”
The historic town of Madisonville, where this listing is located, is nestled along the banks of the Tchefuncte River. It’s north of Lake Pontchartrain, approximately 40 miles from New Orleans. The town, originally named Coquille because of the abundance of shells in the area, was founded by Juan Baham around 1800. Later, it was incorporated into the United States in 1810 and the name changed in honor of President James Madison. Retaining its character as a river town still today, it features marinas, recreational boating and maritime activities of all kinds.
Madisonville was an important port providing bricks and other products of the towns along the Tchefuncte to New Orleans in the decades before the Civil War. After the Union capture of New Orleans, this area remained under nominal Confederate control, and the cutoff of trade with New Orleans across enemy lines was devastating to the local economy, which did not recover for decades after the peace.
But that’s all in the past. Overlooking the river today are some of the area’s finest restaurants, antique and specialty shops as well as a thriving business community. The Madisonville Lighthouse was built in 1838 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The land route to the lighthouse was destroyed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, and it has since been accessible only by boat. Annually, Madisonville hosts thousands of visitors to the historic town who arrive to celebrate its many festivals.
The strong sense of historic preservation is shared by descendants of the original settlers and new residents alike. Restoration of many of its original homes as well as new construction in keeping with the character of the town is ongoing. The charm, hospitality and history make picturesque Madisonville a wonderful destination for a day, a week, or a lifetime. Madisonville hosts the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, which puts on the Wooden Boat Festival each fall.
About this House
Address: 109 Cedar St. in Madisonville
Lot size: Two acres
Living area: 2,560 square feet
Baths: Three full/one half
Marketing agent: Polly Eagan
Keller Williams Realty New Orleans