One of the most inviting features of this house is that it’s only steps from Lake Pontchartrain in the quiet, peaceful neighborhood of Lake Terrace.

Not only that, but it was completely rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina by contractor G. L. Schroeder and is only six years old.

“He does quality work and this is a very well-built house,” said Gigi Burk, the listing agent with Burk Brokerage. “It’s on an extra-large lot, has a two-car garage and off-street parking for three cars under the carport.”

This really is a luxury executive house. When you walk in, you’re greeted by an imposing two-story entrance hall with columns leading to a formal dining room and a staircase to the second floor. “Isn’t it interesting how the stairs split and go two ways so they don’t take up so much space,” pointed out Burk.

Nail-down hardwood floors are used throughout the first floor and lead you right into the kitchen. It’s warm and inviting with a wood finish on the doors of all the appliances plus a little island wet bar for sittin’ and sippin.’ The built-in Viking appliances include a warming tray, a built-in sub-zero refrigerator, oven, a hidden dishwasher and a beverage center – even the oven hood has a wood finish on it. Glass paneled cabinets make an attractive addition to the granite counter tops which are used throughout the kitchens and the bathrooms.

There’s also a keeping room, also floored in wood, lined with built-in shelves and filled with light. As impressive and beautiful as all this is, however, it’s not the coup de grace. “The master suite is downstairs,” said Burk, with a grin.

And what a master suite it is! There’s the requisite bedroom, of course, and there’s even a little private sitting room, but adjacent to it is the hugest walk-in closet I’ve ever seen. Rows and rows of shelves and lines and lines of bars give you plenty of space to store even the most extensive wardrobe – and it’s all well lighted. And not only that, but the bath has a separate marble shower, a spa tub and plenty of granite counter tops.

There are three more bedrooms upstairs, two of which share a jack-and-jill bath, all filled with more granite countertops.

I thought the biggest pow! was the gorgeous downstairs master suite – all that closet space had me fainting with envy. That was until Burk showed me the in-home theater. It’s surrounded with windows and has an easy-to-clean ceramic tile floor – plus it’s equipped with surround sound and a huge-screen television. “What a perfect place to stash the kids,” I thought.

“But, come see this,” Burk laughed, as she showed me the galley kitchen, with more granite counter tops, complete with all appliances.

“What a perfect place to stash the kids,” I thought again with emphasis. “With food and video games available, it might be weeks before you’d ever see them again.”

Lake Terrace, where this house is located, is a neighborhood of about 447 single-family dwellings, dominated by live oaks, flowers, parks, a stunning fountain, plenty of green space and wide streets. I saw neighbors out strolling and bike riding, children playing in the park and residents sitting on a bench taking in the spectacular sunset over Lake Pontchartrain. Several organizations exist within the neighborhood and events include property owners’ meetings, crime prevention meetings, movie nights in the park, Easter egg hunts, a children’s Mardi Gras parade, garden club events, Halloween events, crawfish boils, wine tasting parties, neighborhood improvement projects and the Christmas Tree Project – all of which provide an especially strong sense of community among the area’s residents.

“This is such a perfect home,” said Gigi. “It’s in a great neighborhood on a quiet street near the lake, it has beautiful floors, beautiful granite, lots of built-ins and even a security service. They really have thought of everything.”

Angela Carll may be reached at or 504-947-6575