This house is in a private, secluded community that is far removed from the frantic activity of the city, yet it’s only a short drive to the hub of New Orleans.

“This is the finest in luxury living,” said Muriel Cassibry, the listing agent with Mark Herman Real Estate. “This is a four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home where each bedroom has its own en suite bath.”

The exterior is very attractive, with a large circular drive flanked by professional landscaping. At the back is a large swimming pool and court yard, which may be viewed from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the family room.

“This house is a masterful makeover with new electric, plumbing, LED lighting and appliances,” said Cassibry. “It has an open and inviting floorplan which is great for entertaining and family events.”

The beveled glass foor leads into a marble-floored foyer with its own chandelier.

Off the foyer is a living room with shiny wide plank wooden floors. The dining room has marble floors, its own chandelier and there’s an adjacent stairway leading to the second floor.

“There are polished marble and rich wood floors that blend out downstairs,” said Cassibry, “plus a top-of-the-line gourmet galley kitchen that has it all.”

The kitchen also has marble floors, recessed lighting and granite counter tops. It leads to the dining room and also to a breakfast room.

“Natural lighting graces every room,” said Cassibry, “and there’s custom crown molding, designer drapes, … crystal chandeliers, an in-ground pool with a fountain and a whirlpool Jacuzzi, a stucco fenced yard with wrought iron gates, off-street parking for three cars and a rose garden courtyard.”

The Lakeview neighborhood includes the West End, Lakewood and Navarre neighborhoods, as well as the Lakefront neighborhoods of Lakeshore and Lake Vista.

In the 19th century and early 20th century, the area was mostly undeveloped swamp. The New Basin Canal was cut through the area in the early 19th century.

Though the Navarre section, encompassing the area between and around City Park Avenue and Florida Avenue, began developing slowly early in the 20th century, large-scale residential development of most of the area began after World War II, with the predominant housing style being bungalows.

Hurricane Katrina hit southeast Louisiana at the end of August 2005. As the waters of Lake Pontchartrain rose with the storm, a section of levee floodwall along the 17th Street Canal near its mouth with the lake collapsed catastrophically.

By spring of 2007, Lakeview was showing signs of life again. As in much of the city, FEMA trailers dotted the area, providing temporary housing while homes were being repaired and rebuilt. The first handful of businesses reopened, including some retail stores and restaurants.

Army Corps of Engineers repair work on the 17th Street Canal floodwalls in Lakeview is still ongoing. Some houses on property near the canal have been expropriated by the Corps of Engineers.

Lakewood North is a sub district of Lakeview. For decades, Lakewood Country Club operated in the neighborhood, predating most residential construction and bestowing its name upon the developing area. With the finalization of I-10's and I-610's routes in the 1960s, much of Lakewood's golf course was expropriated for the sprawling I-10/I-610 interchange.

Lakewood Country Club relocated to the West Bank, and the remainder of the golf course was developed as the Lakewood North and Lakewood South subdivisions. The former clubhouse remained for years, visible from I-10 and lastly used as the main building for the now-closed New Orleans Academy. The clubhouse was ultimately demolished to make room for a LDS Church, itself demolished in the aftermath of catastrophic flooding occurring in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

5837 Bellaire Dr. in Lakeview’s Lakeshore North

Living area:

3,959 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Five full/one half

Extras:

Masterful makeover into an open and intimate floor plan with top-of-the-line galley kitchen, stainless steel appliances, marble tile floors, exotic rich hardwood floors, sparkling crystal chandeliers, LED lighting, tank less hot water heater, three HVAC systems, high efficiency toilets and double pane windows Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace

Price:

$859,000

Marketing agent:

Muriel Cassibry

Mark Herman Real Estate

504-495-0474

Cell: 504-258-0912

muriel.cassibry@cox.net

504-258-0912