The beauty of owning a home in one of the Lakewood neighborhoods is that there is a definite suburban feel to the area with plenty of trees, winding streets and a quiet environment, yet you’re also close to the city.
“This is a custom-built seven- year-old luxury three bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath corner stucco two-story that provides every desired feature for today's lifestyle,” said Eileen Wallen, the listing agent with Gardner Realtors.
The structure was designed by architect George Hopkins and is very impressive and solid. A walkway leads up to the two-story home and there’s plenty of mature professional landscaping in its enclosed yard.
“This house has a grand open floor plan,” added Wallen. “It has spacious rooms, fireplaces, high ceilings, travertine, wood and carpeted floors and custom moldings.”
The front door opens onto a grand staircase with a wrought iron railing and a huge living room with its own fireplace, chandelier and marble floor.
“There’s also a large screened porch, a study and a fabulous kitchen with granite counter tops and an island,” said Wallen, “plus it also has high-end stainless steel appliances and wine storage.”
The bedrooms are good sized and look out onto the lush yard.
“There’s a great master suite with his and hers walk-in closets, a deluxe bath with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower,” said Wallen, “plus there’s a door out to a large balcony.”
Wallen also said there’s a lovely landscaped yard and an attached extra-large two-car garage.
“There’s also a possible lease with an option to purchase,” she added.
Lakewood North and South are bounded by Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Pontchartrain Boulevard and the Pontchartrain Expressway, Last, Quince, Hamilton, Peach, Mistletoe, Dixon, Cherry and Palmetto Streets and the 17th Street Canal.
For decades, Lakewood Country Club operated in the neighborhood, predating most residential construction and bestowing its name upon the developing area. With the finalization of I-10's and I-610's routes in the 1960s, much of Lakewood's golf course was expropriated for the I-10/I-610 interchange.
Lakewood Country Club relocated to Algiers, and the remainder of the golf course was developed as the Lakewood North and Lakewood South subdivisions. The former clubhouse remained for years, used as the main building for the now-closed New Orleans Academy. The clubhouse was ultimately demolished to make room for a LDS Church, itself demolished in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Country Club Gardens is a residential neighborhood composed of Bamboo Road, Bellaire Drive, Fairway Drive, Garden Lane, Maryland Drive and Metairie Road.
Metairie Ridge, a natural levee formation of Bayou Metairie, whose course Metairie Road now follows, winds through the neighborhood and provides above-sea-level elevation for much of the land situated within a quarter of a mile of Metairie Road.
The three streets north of Metairie Road, Maryland, Bellaire and Fairway are connected via lanes named after women in the Friedrichs family, which owned the plantation which comprised the land before it was sub-divided in 1924: Marguerite, Hedwige, Ethel and Natale.
Homeowners in the neighborhood may belong to the Country Club Gardens Association, which collects annual dues to provide increased security in the area and social gatherings to conduct neighborhood business.
Lakewood includes Metairie Cemetery and Longue Vue House and Gardens, a mansion on Bayou Road, which is open to the public for tours.
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About this House
5891 Bellaire Dr. in Lakewood North
2,767 square feet
Three full/one half
Grand open floor plan, spacious rooms with handsome fireplaces, high ceilings, custom moldings, travertine, wood and carpeted floors, inviting study, kitchen with a large serving island, granite counter tops and high-end stainless appliances, wine storage; master suite opens to the large balcony and has his and hers closets and deluxe bath with Jacuzzi tub and separate shower; large private screened porch opens to the enclosed landscaped yard. Attached oversized two-car garage; blueprints for two additional bedroom suites down (one could be a second master suite or luxury apartment) making this a five-bedroom, five-bath home.
Eileen Wallen, Broker Associate Gardner Realtors® Cell: 504-250-5656 Office; 504-861-7575 Fax: 504-861-6417 7934 Maple Street New Orleans, La. email@example.com