104 Crape Myrtle Circle in Covington

This could be a perfect home for empty nesters who still need living space for visiting out-of-town children and relatives or for a couple who still have youngsters at home and just want a little privacy of their own.

Four massive round columns welcome you through a sea-green door to this large house on an oversized lot in Covington.

“This is a fabulous renovated home with an eat-in kitchen which includes a hearth room,” said Jean Hunn, the listing agent with RE/MAX N.O. Properties. “It also has a huge dining or living room.”

The kitchen has plenty of room for a table and chairs and the cook will never be alone as the room segues into a comfortable seating area. There’s plenty of cabinet space, granite counter tops, all the requisite appliances, an island that seats four and easy-to-clean tile floors.

“A cozy den with a fireplace leads to oversized game room remodeled with new insulated French doors and a large storage closet, which could also be a fifth bedroom,” said Hunn. “There’s a master bedroom upstairs with en suite bath, plus two more bedrooms and baths.”

Empty nesters could love this, because they could live downstairs and keep the upstairs for company. Parents with children still at home could love it as the house gives both the children and their parents a little privacy.

“Because the best part of this house is that there’s a large renovated full bedroom and bath downstairs,” commented Hunn.

Covington, with its many trees and cooler temperatures, invites its residents to live outdoors. This house also lends itself to entertaining family and friends for Saints games or barbeques.

“This house is truly for those who like inside/outside living,” said Hunn. “You’ll enjoy an updated in-ground pool, a spa, a screened sunroom/porch, a fire pit and a brick patio in this oversized property – and all of this is in the Mandeville school district.”

Covington, where this house is located, is at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte rivers on the North Shore of New Orleans.

The earliest known settlement by Europeans in this area was in 1800 by Jacques Dreux. In 1813, John Wharton Collins established a town here with the name of Wharton and to honor him, he was buried on the corner of the city cemetery directly across from the Covington Police Department.

There are conflicting stories about how the city came to be named Covington. Many historians believe the city was named after General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812. However, local historian Judge Steve Ellis floats another theory around the suggestion by Jesse Jones, a local attorney, that the city be named in honor of the Blue Grass whiskey – made in Covington, Kentucky – known to be enjoyed by town officials as well as others.

Initially, commerce was brought to Covington via boat up the Bogue Falaya River, which uses the Tchefuncte River as means of passage to and from Lake Pontchartrain. Then, in 1888, the railroad came to town. Much of those rails are now being reused by the Tammany Trace, a 31-mile bike trail running through multiple cities north of Lake Pontchartrain.

In the 20th century, with the construction of the Causeway, many people who worked in New Orleans started living in Covington, commuting to work via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

Though Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Slidell, Covington was sufficiently elevated to escape the massive storm surge; however, the city suffered some wind damage. Following the storm, Covington, along with the rest of the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, experienced a population boom as a result of many former inhabitants of the New Orleans area being forced to move out of their storm-ravaged homes. The town’s population continues to grow today.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this house

Address:

104 Crape Myrtle Circle

in Covington

Lot size:

100 x 200 feet

Living area:

3,052 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Three

Price:

$309,000

Extras:

This listing is located in the

Mandeville School District and

is served by Tchefuncte Middle

School, Pontchartrain Elementary,

Mary Queen of Peace Catholic

School, Northlake Christian School

and Cedarwood School.

Marketing agent:

Jean Hunn

RE/MAX N.O. Properties

504-232-3570