7109 Selma St. in Eastern New Orleans

This would be a perfect home for someone looking for a little smaller house – and at a little smaller price – but still equipped with all the amenities that are desirable to buyers today.

“This is a beautifully renovated spacious home,” said Sheila Julian, the listing agent with Gardner Realtors. “It has an L-shaped living and dining room with a custom-built entertainment unit housing a 36-inch Sony Bravia television and sound system – this is one of the two televisions included in the sale.”

This cute two-bedroom, two-bath home is priced at just $139,900. It has a large great room, a fully equipped kitchen and landscaped and manicured front and back yards which include off-street, gated parking.

The front door opens into a family room with plenty of light painted in a pleasing neutral shade. The kitchen has plenty of storage, both above and below its granite counter tops plus all stainless steel appliances.

“This house comes with a four-piece stainless steel appliances package and a black Maytag front-load washer and dryer,” commented Julian. “The kitchen has Corian counter tops, custom cabinets and many other custom built-ins.”

The bathrooms offer a separate shower and tub with a sliding glass door. Ceiling fans are in most of the rooms, doors are oversized and all the floors are easy-to-clean tile.

The back yard is a dream. It’s big enough for entertaining family and friends and even large enough for a pool, if you so desire.

Eastern New Orleans, where this listing is located, offers suburban-style living within the city limits. Until the late 19th century, there was little development other than along Gentilly Road, which followed the natural levee of an old bayou. Various farms, plantations, and small villages such as Michoud were sited along this ridge. A linear strip of camps, clusters of houses raised high on wooden stilts, was also in the shallows along the edge of Lake Pontchartrain.

In the early 20th century some residential development of the area began. Construction of the Industrial Canal was completed in 1923. New Orleans East’s present southern boundary was realized in 1944 with the completion of a re-routing of the Intracoastal Waterway, involving the excavation of a new segment stretching east from the Industrial Canal to the Rigolets, cut through the raw swampland south of the Gentilly Ridge and north of Bayou Bienvenue.

Rapid growth east of the Industrial Canal really began in the 1960s. Many new subdivisions were developed to cater to those who preferred a more suburban lifestyle. New Orleans East grew in a well-planned and neatly zoned fashion. Care was taken to avoid placing major thoroughfares along the rights-of-way of unsightly drainage canals. Major roads were located equidistant from parallel canals and were outfitted with landscaped neutral grounds.

Numerous subdivisions were developed with large lakes at their centers, providing both an assist to neighborhood drainage and a scenic backdrop for the backyards of homes. From the late 1960s onwards, buried utilities were required, lending the East a pleasingly uncluttered visual appearance quite distinct from the wire-hung stop light signals, tangled webs of power lines, and forests of leaning utility poles common to suburbia.

The far eastern portion includes the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, Chef Menteur Pass, Fort Macomb, historic Fort Pike on the Rigolets and scattered areas of essentially rural character, like Venetian Isles, Irish Bayou and Lake Saint Catherine.

Eastern New Orleans institutions and landmarks include the Lakefront Airport, Joe Brown Memorial Park, the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, located within the New Orleans Regional Business Park.

In the years following Hurricane Katrina, the pace of recovery in Eastern New Orleans has accelerated. Many retail shops have opened, with a particular concentration emerging at the intersection of I-10 and Bullard Avenue. This commercial node, largely populated by family-owned businesses, is now enjoying the long-awaited return of national retailers, with Big Lots and Wal-Mart leading the way.

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

About this House

Address: 7109 Selma St.

in Eastern New Orleans

Living area: 1,280 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: Two

Baths: Two

Price: $139,900

Marketing agent:

Sheila Julien

Gardner Realtors

504-782-8180

504-242-9500