When Lake Vista was developed on reclaimed swampland in the 1930s and 1940s, it cleaved to the garden city movement: a form of urban planning that included greenbelts, parks, pedestrian-friendly walkways, nearby churches and commercial buildings, and radial boulevards, among other features. As a result, the neighborhood and its collection of midcentury modern homes feels visually and physically removed from New Orleans’ better-known vernacular architecture—in fact, if it sat any further north, it would fall in Lake Pontchartrain.
Although it was built in 1953, this 6,266-square-foot Lake Vista home feels contemporary, thanks to its oversized footprint, marble-clad kitchen and master bathroom, and free-form pool. But there are harbingers of its midcentury modern roots in the forms of brickwork, walls of glass, and a recessed entrance.
The home’s placement right by the Lake Pontchartrain levee necessitates an unconventional layout in order to maximize green space views. Its pool and cabana were placed by the street-facing front door. In the rear of the house, a triptych of glass double doors overlooks the grassy levee—maximizing the homeowner’s access to a park-like environment (which was a tenet of the garden city movement).
This sprawling home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms. It’s asking $1,940,000.
Via: Rachael Kansas of RE/MAX