This house is not only reminiscent of West Indies-style architecture, but it also has all modern features that you need to live in luxury. Four sturdy columns march across the front and French Quarter-green shutters greet you as you make your way up the brick path and steps and are greeted by a beveled glass front door. The all-brick house offers easy maintenance and never needs painting.

“This is an exquisite custom home with plenty of attention to detail in Timberland Estates,” said Tiffany Riddle, the listing agent with Keller Williams. “There are architectural details, a large gourmet kitchen and an open floor plan.”

The entertaining area, which overlooks the swimming pool and patio, has a sit-at bar, a brick fireplace and beautiful wooden floors. There’s is also recessed lighting and a ceiling fan. The walls and woodwork are painted a fresh white.

“The house has a formal dining room, a master suite and study located downstairs and a cozy fireplace in its living area,” said Riddle.

There’s also a separate music room overlooking the pool, with its own onyx fireplace and recessed lighting.

The master suite is so luxurious you’ll never want to leave. There’s a large bedroom with its own fireplace, crystal chandelier and recessed lighting. The bath is absolutely huge. It has a step-up jacuzzi tub, walk-in closet and plenty of space for makeup and toiletries.

There’s also a media room, with plenty of storage, recessed lighting and a fan.

The swimming pool and spa are completely private, surrounded by a tall fence and professional landscaping. There’s also plenty of patio space for lots of entertaining.

“The back yard is a lush oasis that includes a covered patio, a pool, a spa and a professionally landscaped yard,” said Riddle. “The fixtures are all from Julie Neill Designs on Magazine Street.”

Gretna is the second-largest city and the parish seat of Jefferson Parish and is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just across the river from uptown New Orleans.

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Gretna was settled in 1836, originally as Mechanicsham, growing with a station on the Mississippi River for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Texas and Pacific Railway, and Southern Pacific Railroad, with a ferry across the river to New Orleans. The famous spice-maker Zatarain's was founded here in 1889. Gretna was incorporated in 1913, absorbing the section of McDonogh within the Jefferson Parish boundaries. In the 1940 census, Gretna had a population of 10,879.

Gretna's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public Schools system. Zoned elementary schools serving sections of Gretna include Shirley T. Johnson Gretna Park Elementary School, William Hart Elementary School, and McDonogh #26 Elementary School. George Cox Elementary School is in Timberlane.

Most residents are zoned to Gretna Middle School, while some are zoned to Livaudais Middle School in Terrytown. Most residents are zoned to West Jefferson High School in Harvey, while some are zoned to Helen Cox High School in Harvey.

Gretna #2 Academy for Advanced Studies a Pre-5 magnet school and L. W. Ruppel Academy, a 6-8 magnet school, are in Gretna. Thomas Jefferson High School is another magnet school in Gretna. Milestone Sabis Academy, a K-8 charter school, is in Gretna.

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Gretna Public Library in Gretna. The current facility, with more than 5,800 square feet of space, opened on March 17, 2010. The library includes a 1,000-square-foot meeting room that can accommodate 58 people. The library is almost twice the size of the previous 3,000-square-foot facility.

Gretna has been mentioned in books and films:

In his book "On the Road", author Jack Kerouac mentions Gretna. Portions of the movie "A Love Song for Bobby Long" were filmed in Gretna. Portions of "Monster's Ball" were filmed in Gretna.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com

About this House

Address:

164 Commerce St. in Gretna

Living area:

3,840 square feet

Bedrooms:

Three

Baths:

Two full/two half

Extras:

The back yard is a lush oasis that includes a covered patio, a pool, a spa and a professionally landscaped yard plus fixtures are from Julie Neill Designs on Magazine Street Microwave, Refrigerator, Fireplace

Price:

$599,000

Marketing agent:

Tiffany Riddle

Keller Williams Realty

3197 Richland Ave.

Metairie, La.

504-289-4696

504-455-0100