The great advantage of buying a house in Old Metairie is that you’re in a close-in suburb, with all the pluses of suburban living, but also with easy access to the conveniences of the city.

“This is an elegant brick home with four bedrooms, three full- and one half-baths in a prime location,” said Susan Price, the listing agent with Gardner Realtors, “and it’s perfect for entertaining.”

The exterior of this brick house is quite attractive. There’s a huge tree in the front yard which offers plenty of shade, mature professional landscaping and a brick sidewalk ending at a front door with a portico to protect residents from the weather.

“Inside, this house has spacious rooms with crown moldings,” said Price, “and an open floor plan.”

The formal living and dining room are open to each other, facilitating an easy flow from one to the other. The dining room is large enough to accommodate at least a dozen family and friends and is adjacent to the kitchen, which makes food service very easy. The kitchen has granite counter tops, wooden cabinets and opens into the breakfast room.

“The large den has a fireplace and built-in book cases,” Price said, “and the gourmet kitchen with a breakfast room overlooks the fabulous landscaped yard which has gas lanterns, a fountain and brick fence.”

The patio is all bricked and is large enough to hold a couple of wrought iron tables and chairs. It’s truly beautiful to sit out here and have your morning coffee or a before-dinner cocktail.

The bedrooms are on the second floor, and you’ll gasp when you walk into the master bath with its huge Jacuzzi tub, polished granite floors and plantation shutters which afford plenty of light. “It’s a private master suite,” said Price, “plus this house has gated parking and a garage.”

Métairie is the French term for a small tenant farm which paid the landlord with a share of the produce. In the 1760s, many of the original French farmers were tenants; after the US Civil War, the majority of the community's inhabitants were sharecroppers until urbanization started in the 1910s.

In the 1720s French settlers became the first Europeans to settle Metairie in the area now known as Metairie Ridge, a natural levee formed by an ancient branch of the Mississippi River.

The Acolapissa Native Americans used this ridge as a road, and it is the oldest road in the New Orleans area. It was paved in the 1920s and is now known as Metairie Road. An electric streetcar was installed in the late 1910s, opening the area to greater development. Upscale housing tracts were constructed off the road in the 1920s in the most prestigious area now known as Old Metairie.

The land between Metairie Ridge and Lake Pontchartrain, which was cypress swamps and marshlands, was drained with the Wood Pump. Lakeside Shopping Center is the highest-grossing mall in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Metairie has a large Mardi Gras season that touts itself as more family-friendly than the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

The charming Old Metairie community is sought after by those wanting all the charm of Uptown with a more suburban feel. Stroll down Metairie Road and experience exclusive local boutique shopping and one of a kind eateries. This neighborhood is home to the Metairie Country Club that offers both lifestyle and recreational amenities. This community has grand churches, private and parochial schools.

Real estate in Old Metairie is restored New Orleans-centric cottages and homes, large spacious two-story private residences, and sprawling estates privately tucked away near the Metairie Country Club. Homes for sale in Old Metairie are near the I-10 and are only minutes away from downtown New Orleans.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address: 341 Brockenbraugh Court in Old Metairie

Living area: 3,723 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Three full/one half

Extras: central vacuum, dishwasher, cooktop range, refrigerator, washer, two air conditioning units, central air conditioning, two heating units, central heating, brick patio, electric garage door opener, off street parking, security system, wood burning fireplace, smoke alarms

Price: $849,000

Marketing agents:

Susan and Skye Price

Gardner Realtors

Cell: 504-908-3317

Office: 504-891-6400