What a dream this would be: to own and live in your very own plantation home surrounded by acres of trees, greenery – and even a stocked pond. As you enjoy morning coffee on your veranda, you could watch the ships ply their trade up and down the Mississippi River. This listing could be the realization of that dream.
“This plantation contains three structures with a heated pool, built only 15 years ago and the original owner still lives there,” said Barbara Cohn, the listing agent with Keller Williams Realty, who added that the plantation is about a mile past English Turn. “It also has a stocked pond, a tree house and all this sits on five manicured acres of land.” The Audubon Wilderness Park and the Studio in the Woods are around the corner.
The brick plantation houses are truly magnificent: they have a running porch bordered by a white railing which includes spacious steps and surround an in-ground pool.
“This plantation is on the Mississippi River,” said Cohn, “and boats pass the house frequently.”
As you enter from the wide steps through the generous porch, beveled glass doors welcome you into a huge foyer tiled in slate with its own chandelier. A large living room is on one side and a generous dining room is on the other. The kitchen also has an easy-to-keep-clean slate floor, walls and walls of cabinets for storage and three windows for light.
“There are six bedrooms and four full and two half-baths,” said Cohn. “There’s a separate office with a bedroom and bath, and you could work right out of your home.”
The grounds are extensive and there are mature trees, lots of grass, a stocked pond and plenty of seating areas.
“There’s also a garage for three cars,” said Cohn, “and a separate house with two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths.”
The master suite is large with a magnificent bath filled with a large tub, plenty of storage and plenty of space.
“It also has gorgeous views,” said Cohn, “and best of all, it’s priced under a million.”
Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, was granted a large tract of land on the west bank of the river opposite New Orleans in 1719 which eventually became Algiers. The name is believed to have come from the proximity to the city as compared to France and Algeria.
A powder magazine was built here for safety reasons and because it stood on higher ground. A slaughterhouse was also established and Algiers went by the name of Slaughterhouse Point for some time.
In the 1850s, Algiers became a major railroad center and eastern terminus of the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad. Ferries were utilized for nearly a century to carry passengers, freight, and rail cars across the Mississippi River between the West Bank (including Algiers) and the Central Business District. Later, the railroad yard at Algiers would be the eastern repair shop for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The SPRR shop employed 4,000 and had the capability to build mechanical parts for steamships.
On the southern end of Algiers, across the intracoastal canal, the Lower Coast of Algiers is a hidden gem. It’s home to two gated communities, but the real draw is that there is property here large enough for horses.
Homes that front the River Road and face the levee are typically set way back, offering some impressive frontage while maintaining privacy for the owners. It’s less than 10 miles from downtown New Orleans, but an entire world away.
Wilderness Park is in Lower Coast Algiers, on the campus of the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center. It is a natural and secluded green space with basic amenities housing the NALCO Visitor Center, a loop trail and picnic shelters.
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About this House
11751 River Road in Lower Coast Algiers
Over 8,000 square feet
Four full/two half
Three structures surrounding a heated pool, a stocked pond and a tree house on five manicured acres of land