This magnificent house in one of the most prestigious subdivisions right on Lake Pontchartrain in Kenner is perfect for a large family who enjoys entertaining. It boasts a huge living room with built-in bookshelves, its own ceiling fan and fireplace, plus it incorporates a sun room with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding a wide-screen television – and wouldn’t you know it! Saints season has just begin.

“This house is absolutely luxury on the lake,” said Jon Huffman, the listing broker with Jon Huffman Real Estate. “This stunning five-bedroom home sits on an extra-large lot that opens directly onto the lakefront.”

The classic center hall house has a definite open feeling to it, as the rooms flow one into another. The spanking white woodwork sets off the polished wooden floors.

“The updated kitchen opens into a large living room and bright sunroom,” said Huffman, “plus there is a formal dining room.” The kitchen has a restaurant stove with a hood, a sink with a backsplash, plenty of storage and polished wooden floors. It opens directly onto a bumped-out breakfast nook large enough for a table and six chairs.

Most of the bedrooms are on the second floor, “but the master bedroom is on the ground floor,” said Huffman, “with a big ensuite bathroom with an easy-to-clean tile floor, featuring a separate shower and tub.”

Not only is the house extra-large, but the grounds are also. There is a large yard surrounding the house with professionally manicured grass and mature landscaping. The in-ground swimming pool complete with a spa could be the site for large family and friend gatherings or a cool dip on a hot summer day.

“The large in-ground pool has been recently re-surfaced,” said Huffman, “plus there’s a detached two-car garage. You can walk through the rear gate right onto the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.”

The name Kenner is taken from the historically French: Cannes-Brûlées. It’s the sixth-largest city in Louisiana, the largest city in Jefferson Parish and a suburb of New Orleans.

Kenner is located on the west side of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area, in Jefferson Parish. Its boundaries are Lake Pontchartrain to the north; the Mississippi River to the south; the unincorporated areas of Metairie and River Ridge to the east; and St. Charles Parish to the west.

Originally inhabited by the Tchoupitoulas Indians, the area along the Mississippi River was the first land in the New Orleans metropolitan area on which Europeans set foot. René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle landed there in 1682. In 1855, Kenner was founded by Minor Kenner on land that consisted of three plantation properties that had been purchased by the Kenner family. At the time, all land north of what is now Airline Highway was swampland.

In a notable event, on May 10, 1870, “Gypsy” Jem Mace defeated Tom Allen for the heavyweight championship of the bare-knuckle boxing era; a monument marks the spot near the river end of Williams Boulevard.

During 1915–1931 a New Orleans streetcar line operated between New Orleans and Kenner. The line ran between the intersection of Rampart and Canal in New Orleans and the intersection of Williams Blvd and Jefferson Hwy in Kenner.

Kenner's growth began in the late 1950s when developers began subdividing, draining and filling the swampland in the northern half of the city. During the 1960s, the construction of Interstate 10 and improvements to Veterans Memorial Highway aided the rapid development of Kenner as a suburb of New Orleans.

In 1982, Pan Am Flight 759 crashed in a residential area of Kenner when a microburst forced it down. Eight people on the ground were killed, as were all 145 people on the aircraft. Six houses were completely destroyed and five more substantially damaged.

In 1960, Kenner had a population of 17,037, but by 1979, Kenner's population was 60,524 making it the 6th largest city in the state.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

718 Carmenere Dr. in Kenner

Living area:

3,165 square feet

Bedrooms:

Five

Baths:

Three full/one half

Extras:

Cooktop, disposal, dishwasher, microwave, oven, refrigerator, in-ground pool and spa, Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace

Price:

$529,000

Marketing agent:

Jon Huffman

Jon Huffman Real Estate

504-616-6516

jonhuffmanrealestate@gmail.com