An open flowing floor plan, excellent for entertaining in a quality location steps to Lake Pontchartrain with easy access to all necessary destinations.

These were the reasons the present owners bought their gorgeous home at 989 Crystal St. in East Lakeshore. “But, now the children are raised and we’re downsizing,” the owner explained.

Which leaves open a fabulous opportunity for another person to enjoy said open floor plan near the lake.

“It’s important to know that this house has never flooded,” said Frank Barrett, the listing agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Partners, “even though it’s just steps from the lake.”

The home has definite curb appeal with flag stones leading up to an impressive entrance way flanked by plenty of lush, professional landscaping.

The foyer leads visitors to the beautiful open floor plan that so enchanted its present owners. To the right is a snug living room inviting guests to relax and have a drink. Straight ahead is the first den, complete with a wet bar, which spills into the den and its wood-burning fireplace with a gas starter.

…Which spills out onto the patio with its “this is what I love about this house” feature – a lap pool with three lush, gushing waterfalls and a hot tub – and more of that lush, professional landscaping.

The kitchen is included in this open floor plan and is an absolute dream for those of us who like to cook – or for those of us who think cooking is heating up prepared food in a microwave. It’s equipped with a built-in sub-zero refrigerator/freezer, a stacked double oven, a cooktop with a draft instead of an overhead fan and a double stainless steel sink that deep, deep, deep. Easy clean ceramic tile is underneath and sophisticated black granite is used on all the counter tops.

The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen, making for some easy, easy cooking and serving during dinner parties or when the whole family gathers for a holiday meal.

There are two first-floor bedrooms, each with a complete bath. In addition, the master suite has a separate shower and whirlpool tub – plus, it’s all done up in marble – marble floors, marble counter tops, marble shower enclosure. The master suite also has a separate dressing room with double closets. This might also be used as a nursery or another bedroom – it’s close but not in the master suite. The other first-floor bathroom has that most desirable feature – a double sink, making for easy dressing when two are trying to get out of the house at the same time.

There are two more generous-sized (13 x 13 feet) bedrooms upstairs. “If you don’t need this many bedrooms, one could be used as an office or a study,” pointed out Barrett.

And as if that’s not enough, this house has a surprise!

Just off the patio sits a separate dwelling containing a large high end cabana with a complete kitchen, living area and a loft for sleeping. It’s sort of like a modern day garconniere – the quarters that the old French families used to separate their young boys so the rest of the family wouldn’t be disturbed by their young-boy activities. On the other hand, it could just be used for changing into bathing suits or serving drinks by the pool. It has its own separate air and heating units.

Some features of this house remain unseen. “There is a newer roof,” said Barrett, “and two of the three air conditioning units are new. Plus the house has a sprinkler system (to keep all that professional landscaping looking so pretty and fresh), landscape lighting and it’s wired for cable and sound.”

And then, of course, is the fact that this house sits in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. An open flowing floor plan in a fabulous location close to Lake Pontchartrain – this house really has it all.


n Address: 989 Crystal Street in East Lakeshore

  • Lot size: 90 x 69 (approximate)
  • Living area: 3,941 square feet (4,394 square feet total area)
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Baths: Four and one half
  • Price: $695,000
  • Marketing agent: Frank Barrett, RE/MAX Real Estate Partners, Inc.
  • Contact: 504-888-9900 (company); 504-258-0375 (agent), (agent email)