With its high ceilings, vaulted windows, and floor-to-ceiling woodwork, this 1,600-square-foot boathouse in West End feels like an elegant cross between a cathedral and a humidor. There are one-and-a-half bathrooms and two bedrooms, each perched above the open living area in a loft-like configuration. The bedrooms both overlook generous decks. As a result, natural light floods the living area and heightens its already considerable sense of drama.
The spiral staircase and wood-burning fireplace are somewhat extra, too, just like one of the boathouse’s rumored owners—former governor, ex-con, nonagenarian, and reality TV star Edwin Edwards.
The home was built in 1950 and sits on Lake Pontchartrain, sandwiched between the Southern Yacht Club and the New Orleans Yacht Club. Its wood paneling continues into the relatively modest kitchen, where you’ll find what appear to be butcher-block counters, stainless-steel appliances, and a gas stove. Looks like a good place to gut a fresh-caught redfish or boil up some crabs, in our entirely professional opinion.
What the bedrooms lack in privacy, they make up for in sheer architectural elegance. Look at those gorgeous walls of windows. Wooden shutters opposite the windows can be maneuvered to screen one’s view of the downstairs living area.
Outside, the living space continues, with three decks (two upstairs, one downstairs by the boatslip) and one patio (out front). The deck overlooking the harbor has its own wet bar, which one can only hope Edwards employed while entertaining his cronies, former wives, future wives, and girlfriends.
Would you like to party like a disgraced Louisiana politician? For $500,000—plus HOA fees of $338/month—you can.