7237 Gem St. in Lake Shore/Lake Vista
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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. Not only that, but it’s within walking distance of Lake Pontchartrain, with all its recreational offerings.

“The renowned architect Joseph Eichler inspired this mid-century modern home in East Lakeshore as designed by the New Orleans architect Michael Singer,” said Muriel Cassibry, the listing agent with Mark Herman Real Estate. “It’s beautifully well built with the true essence of natural light and space throughout.”

The all-brick house has a recessed front door which is led up to by a brick walkway flanked by mature plantings. The outside brick wall extends into the foyer with an easy-to-clean tile floor. Many of the inside rooms also boast brick walls and many have their own patios.

“The huge master suite, living room, dining room and den will greet you with separate courtyards that bring the outside in,” said Cassibry, “plus, there’s lovely landscaping in and around the home.”

The kitchen has granite counter tops and cherry wood cabinets. It has all stainless steel appliances and a slate floor.

“The house has four bedrooms, two full- and one half-baths and a galley kitchen with an attached… utility room/laundry,” said Cassibry. “It’s in an X flood zone, two houses from Tourmaline Park and a short walk to Lake Pontchartrain.”

While Lakeshore and Lake Vista are among New Orleans' newer neighborhoods, the area includes the 18th century Old Spanish Fort, whose origins predate the official founding of the city.

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.

Lakeshore and Lake Vista lie 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.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, while some homes and businesses flooded, the majority of the section escaped the disastrous post-Katrina flooding of New Orleans, by virtue of the higher elevation of this man-made land. Post-Katrina, the Lakefront appeared as a slender, curiously undamaged and almost wholly recovered zone.

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The area between the New Basin Canal and the Orleans Canal is the Lakeshore neighborhood, divided into "Lakeshore West" and "Lakeshore East" by Canal Boulevard.

East of the Orleans Canal and the linear park along its banks is the Lake Vista neighborhood. Lake Vista was designed along Garden City lines. The entire subdivision is one superblock; that is, arterial streets pass around but not through it. All interior streets terminate in culs-de-sac. 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.

St. Pius X Catholic Church and School join Lake Vista United Methodist Church and the historic Lake Vista commercial building at the heart of the neighborhood.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 7237 Gem St. in Lake Shore/Lake Vista

Living area: 2,820 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Two full/one half

Extras: Galley kitchen with attached… utility room/laundry room, X flood zone, two houses from Tourmaline Park and a short walk to the lake. Microwave, Refrigerator

& Fireplace

Price: $625,000

Marketing agent:

Muriel Cassibry

Mark Herman Real Estate LLC

504-258-0912

4618 Palmyra St.

504-333-6709