If you owned this estate, you would never want to leave. The house is large and gorgeous and out back is a dock where you could moor your boat until you’re ready to go fishing again – and yet, all this is within an hour of the city.

“This is an enviable riverfront estate consisting of a main house, a guest house, a detached office cum gym and pavilion,” said Alice McNeely, the listing agent with Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors. “It’s set on sweeping terraced lawns high above the navigable Bogue Falaya River.”

The entrance to the main house is via a huge paved parking area surrounded by brick walkways, a fountain and mature professional landscaping. Inside are huge rooms with beamed ceilings, chandeliers and natural slate floors. Many of the rooms look out onto the yard with its lush plantings and salt water pool.

“The elegant main house features designer finishes, a formal living room, a luxurious master suite and a chef’s kitchen,” said McNeely, “with picturesque views of the saltwater pool, gardens and the river.”

In addition to its five bedrooms and three full- and two half-baths, the house has an eight-seat media room with brick walls decorated with sports’ jerseys and an enormous television, perfect for Saints parties or movie screenings.

The kitchen is all-white with marble counter tops, its own chandelier and polished wooden floors. The master suite contains its own sitting room and its bathroom has plenty of storage and a Jacuzzi tub. The house contains over 8,000 square feet, but if that doesn’t fill your needs for housing, wait! There’s more.

“The three-story guest house includes a living room, a full kitchen, a bedroom suite and a fully equipped media/bar/storm shelter,” said McNeely. “With this house, you can enjoy the good life on your dock with a boat house and jet ski lifts.

Covington is at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte rivers in St. Tammany Parish and is also the parish seat.

The earliest known settlement by Europeans in the area was in 1800 by Jacques Drieux. In 1813, John Wharton Collins established a town there with the name of Wharton. He’s buried on the corner of the city cemetery directly across from the Covington Police Department. There are conflicting stories about how the city came to be named Covington. Many historians believe the city was renamed after General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812. However, local historian Judge Steve Ellis floats another theory centered on the suggestion by Jesse Jones, a local attorney, that the city be named in honor of the Blue Grass whiskey - made in Covington, Kentucky - enjoyed by town officials.

In any case, Leonard Covington is the namesake of both towns. Initially, commerce was brought to Covington via boat up the Bogue Falaya River, which used the Tchefuncte River as a means of passage to and from Lake Pontchartrain. Then in 1888, the railroad came to town. Much of those rails are now occupied by the Tammany Trace, a thirty-one mile bike trail running through multiple cities north of Lake Pontchartrain.

In the late 20th century, with the expansion of Louisiana's road system, many people who worked in New Orleans started living in Covington, commuting to work via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Slidell, but Covington was sufficiently elevated to escape the massive storm surge; however, the city suffered some wind damage. Following the storm, Covington, along with the rest of the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, experienced a population boom as a result of many former inhabitants of the New Orleans area being forced to move out of their storm-ravaged homes. The town's population continues to grow even today.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

71097 Riverside Dr. in Covington

Living area:

8,189 square feet

Bedrooms:

Five

Baths:

Three full/two half

Extras:

Butler’s pantry, pantry, sprinkler system, security system, wet bar, wired for ethernet, whole house generator, wired for surround sound. Outdoors: boat/RV parking, courtyard, dock, outdoor entertainment area, outdoor shower, patio/porch, sprinkler system, pool

Price:

$2,179,000

Marketing agent:

Alice McNeely

Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors

504-812-2236 cell