It’s not often that buyers are able to find a truly modern house in a city that’s almost 300 years old, but this is one such listing.
“This house is a custom contemporary in the sought-after Lake Vista neighborhood,” said Gigi Burk, the listing broker with Burk Brokerage. “It’s near a world-class golf course opening soon in City Park and the tennis courts on Marconi Drive.”
Stone pavers lead to a beveled glass door flanked by towers of glass blocks. Professional landscaping makes for a very welcoming entry with it sweeping staircase to its upstairs.
“This house was designed for the future with an eye to the past,” said Burk. “It has a soaring two-story foyer and dining/living areas with 18-foot vaulted ceilings.”
High ceilings with skylights are used in the living and dining rooms as well as walls of windows which allow plenty of light in the spaces. A beautiful wooden floor finishes the décor.
“There’s a two-sided fireplace in its master bedroom with a tray ceiling, French doors to the patio and a bath with dual sinks, a large stand-up shower and a jetted tub,” said Burk, “plus the balcony overlooks the living space.”
Glass blocks are used throughout to allow light, but still preserve privacy. Most interesting are those in the master bath and ones used to form a kitchen eat-on counter.
“The spacious kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and tons of storage,” said Burk. “There are three bedrooms and one bathroom upstairs.”
Burk also said that the house is within walking distance to St. Pius Church and School as well as close to Mount Carmel and Hynes Elementary. “It’s also in an X flood zone,” Burk said.
The circa-1939 Lake Vista neighborhood is a fine example of the Garden City movement, and is much beloved by its residents for its superblock design devoid of thru-streets and possessing separate, non-intersecting vehicular and pedestrian networks.
The entire subdivision is one superblock; that is, arterial streets (e.g., Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Lakeshore Drive, Marconi Drive) pass around but not through it. All interior streets terminate in cul-de-sacs. A separate, all-pedestrian system of circulation is composed of small lanes, all of which flow into axial, pedestrian-only parkways of varying length that, in turn, meet at the center of the development.
The original vision for Lake Vista sought to support the pedestrian circulation network as the primary means of movement within the neighborhood by encouraging house designs where the house's front faced either the lane or the parkway; elevations on the vehicular street side were secondary in importance and typically hosted garages or carports. Though some of the original houses in Lake Vista retain this aspect, most newer residential construction has followed a more conventional design, with the front of the house facing the street.
Also envisioned for Lake Vista was a town center in the middle of the development, complete with a public school, shops and apartments. Though some apartments were built, without frontage on a major thoroughfare, the Streamline Moderne-style commercial structure commissioned for the town center struggled; today the building houses small offices. St. Pius X Catholic Church and School were constructed, and today join Lake Vista United Methodist Church and the historic Lake Vista commercial building at the heart of the neighborhood.
The neighborhood lies on land reclaimed from the shallows of Lake Pontchartrain in the early 20th century. Soil was dredged from the lake and a seawall constructed in a project started by the Orleans Levee Board in the 1920s and continued by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. Most of the buildings in this predominantly residential district were not built until after World War II.
Though Lake Vista contains numerous fine examples of mid-20th century modernism, no local or national historic district has been established to bring attention to this unique architectural inventory. At this time, the neighborhood lacks local historic district designation.
Angela Carll may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
About this House
34 Crane St. in Lake Vista
3,412 square feet
Two full/one half
Burk Brokerage Real Estate, LLC