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 is on the Mississippi River,” said Cohn, “and boats pass the house frequently.”

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.

“The 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. “It also has a stocked pond, a tree house and all this sits on five manicured acres of land.”

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.”

As one story goes, Westwego was named because it was a major crossing point on the Mississippi River during the great westward movement of the late 19th century. When travelers were asked their destination, they would often reply “west we go.” Another tale is that the name was the specific outcome of an 1871 meeting of a railroad board of directors in New York, where planning was undertaken to use the site as an eastern terminus (“...west we go from there”). There has been further speculation that this use of "Westwego" as a place name may have been influenced by the board members' familiarity with the name of Oswego, New York.

The area of Westwego was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years before Europeans settled here. The French first developed the area in 1719 when French Minister of State LeBlanc started a plantation and a port along the Mississippi River. The port became an important site in the history of transatlantic trade.

The estate was later owned by the Zeringue family, who turned it into a bustling sugar plantation, known as Seven Oaks. Planter Camille Zeringue built a canal at the plantation that played a prominent role in the community's history for decades. After Camille Zeringue's death, Seven Oaks was owned by Pablo Sala, who divided the property along the canal into lots, which he sold for $40 each. Many were purchased by displaced 1893 hurricane victims from Cheniere Caminada. With the addition of these fisherman and trappers, the community of Salaville was born.

Salaville grew and the local railroad barons coined the name "Westwego. A number of industries grew around the city's wetlands and bayous, including fisheries, shrimping and the canning of seafood. Westwego was incorporated as a city in 1951. Westwego holds a weekly farmers market on Sala Avenue, featuring fresh produce, barbecue, and local bands.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: Delacroix Plantation

11751 River Road in Westwego

Living area: Over 8,000 square feet

Bedrooms: Six

Baths: Four full/two half

Extras: Three structures surrounding a heated pool, a stocked pond and a tree house on five manicured acres of land.

Price: $999,999

Marketing agent:

Barbara Cohn

Keller Williams Realty

504-909-2226 cell