The wonderful feature of living in the Bayou St. John neighborhood is that you can walk or ride your bike along the peaceful bayou – and then, once a year, you can just walk yourself over to Jazz Fest – or you can have friends covet your home and want to hang out with you.

“This is a gorgeous renovated home near Bayou St. John and City Park, minutes from the French Quarter and downtown,” said Ellen Berry, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker TEC Realtors. “It has beautiful windows and a fabulous front porch facing the oaks on Esplanade Avenue.”

The front of the house has such curb appeal! There are wide stone steps flanked by flowers and tree bark. There’s an expansive front porch, just made for rockers, a porch swing, a ceiling fan and lots more flowers. It welcomes drinks and friends, then the oversized doors welcome you inside.

“When you enter the elegant foyer, you’ll appreciate the beautiful stairway and gleaming wood floors,” said Berry. “It also has a chef's kitchen and luxury bathrooms – and best of all, you can walk to Jazz Fest.’

There’s a huge foyer with a chandelier just inside, then there are double parlors – large inviting rooms made for entertaining and relaxing.

The kitchen is a chef’s dream in that visitors can talk and taste while the cook is not isolated from the rest of the house. It has plenty of light, thanks to a wall of windows and a door which opens into the back yard, and plenty of storage, thanks to blond wooden cabinets and drawers topped with marble. There’s also an eat-on island that seats four – perfect for a casual breakfast or as a buffet for hors d’oeuvres at night. The appliances are stainless steel, it has a restaurant stove – and even a bookcase to hold all your cook books.

There’s a den – or maybe it’s a man cave – with its own bar and bookcases. The upstairs bedrooms are flooded with light and the one being used as a study has not just one, but two window walls. The bathrooms have some unusual features: one is done is total black and white tile, one has an oversized soaking tub and one has a marble surround shower. They also have marble counter tops. There’s a half bath downstairs.

The Faubourg St. John neighborhood was built along the Esplanade Ridge. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Faubourg St. John is known for its abundant parks, architecturally-significant homes, museums, the Bayou St. John waterway and restaurants and shops along Ponce de Leon and Broad streets.

The area near the end of the navigable section of Bayou St. John was long a Native American trade route. French trappers and traders settled with the Native Americans by the end of the 17th century. In 1852 the Union Race Course was laid out, later known as New Orleans Fair Grounds. Since 1972, the Fair Grounds has been the venue for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Pitot House is here and tells the story of life on Bayou St. John during the earliest times of settlement. The Dufour Plassan House, built in 1870, is known for tall white columns and its elaborate cornstalk and sunflower decorated fence. The Lorreins Plantation House, aka the Old Spanish Customs House, is at Moss Street and Grand Route St. John. The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association has been around since the 1920s.

Bayou St. John drained the swampy land of a good portion of what was to become New Orleans into Lake Pontchartrain. The bayou was navigable by canoes and similar small vessels and there was a portage between the Bayou and the Mississippi River.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 2929 Lepage in Bayou St. John

Living area: 3,094 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Two full/one half

Extras: Cook top, double oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, no carpet, stainless steel appliances, wired for surround sound, porch

Price: $999,999

Marketing agent:

Ellen Berry

International Diamond Society

Platinum Award Winner

Coldwell Banker TEC, REALTORS

504-220-0486 Cell

985-845-2001

103 Beau Chene Blvd.

Mandeville, La. 70471