7200 St. Gertrude Dr. in Covington

Land, lots of land with blue, blue skies up above is what comes to mind when you see this listing at 17200 St. Gertrude Dr. in Covington. It’s easy to picture living in a great manor in a grand manner here.

“This is an extraordinary home on two acres with a gated pond,” said Fred Buras, the listing agent with The Property Shoppe. “All of its finishes are of the highest quality.”

Everything about this house is done on a large scale. The structure itself is almost 3,000 square feet and it’s situated on a full two acres of land. Around the house is plenty of professional landscaping consisting of shrubbery and a large lawn. The entrance alone is similar to another room. Twin brick pilasters interspersed with iron railings topped by wrought iron lanterns greet visitors. On each side of the front door is enough space to contain a brick patio complete with seating.

The house’s living room has a view of these magnificent manicured grounds including a pond, plenty of bookshelves and an inviting fireplace. It has hardwood floors and a television-viewing nook. It’s so large that there’s room for a baby grand piano, audio speakers as well as seating space for impromptu concerts.

The kitchen is absolutely huge – perfect for feeding lots and lots of family and friends and ideal for entertaining. It has a built-in microwave and oven, a nice island with seating and granite counter tops. There’s plenty of storage and walking-around room also. The appliances are all stainless-steel, there is room above the cabinets for tray storage and the floor is easy-to-clean scored tiles.

The house also contains four bedrooms, three baths, a game room, a study and a dining room.

“Features include hardwood floors, architectural columns, a fireplace, a gourmet’s kitchen, a home office, spacious closets and a two-car garage,” commented Buras.

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:

17200 St. Gertrude Dr. in Covington

Lot size:

Two acres

Living area:

2,945 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Three

Price:

$385,900

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:

Fred Buras

New Orleans Property Shoppe Inc.

504-875-3537

504-865-0065

fredburas@yahoo.com

http://Nopropertyshoppe.com

Photos by IMOTO