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High-Dollar Homes: A Metairie Club Gardens retreat


One of the newer homes in Metairie Club Gardens has an old soul. The charming addition to an already stately neighborhood celebrates pieces of the area's past in grand style.

"It's just shy of an acre and we have six gorgeous oak trees on the perimeter of the property of the street," said architect Charles Silbernagel.

Silbernagel is proud of his design that stands guard on Falcon and Bella. He says it sits further off the street to give trees room to grow and expand.

Trees were important to the homeowners when they bought the large lot in 2010. Back then, it was overgrown. An older, one-story home that sat on it was torn down to make room for the new Spanish retreat.

"Being that it's only a one-room-deep house, everybody thinks it's larger than it actually is," said Silbernagel.

He designed the unique and spacious home as a tribute to the New Orleans shotgun.

"To be New Orleans, that's our heritage," Silbernagel said. "The one-room home is unique to New Orleans."

Step through the 1,200-pound iron doors and you'll see that one room deep has incredible dimension.

"When you come through the main doors, it's a gallery space," he said. "You come through a series of three arches, and it all becomes one open space."

The gallery is a warm, terracotta introduction to a home filled with light. Spanish-style iron chandeliers and a baby grand complete the entrance. An abstract painting is a statement piece. Follow the light into an airy room, as deep as the house gets.

"Each room has a view to the street and the interior," Silbernagel said.

Conversation areas in the room help make the large space intimate. Linen wingback chairs anchor one place to chat. A wet bar is nearby.

"These walls are Venetian plaster, hand rubbed," Silbernagel said. "It took about a week for the artist to install it."

A wall of windows provides a preview of a backyard that's worth waiting for.

To the left of the living room, warm tones turn cool. First - in the study  - a cool grey blue color covers the walls. The bedroom also gets the tranquil treatment, with its elegant simplicity.

And the master bath?

"We enlarged it and we have an ottoman in the center of the bathroom and we have the dome in there," Silbernagel said. "It gives the owner a retreat space to go sit and relax and enjoy the environment of the bathroom."

A touch of Hollywood takes over in the woman's master closet. It's large enough to dress in for a magnificent dinner at home.

The kitchen on the other side of the great room is fit for a gourmet chef. Countertops of quartz are cool and translucent. A massive plaster hood over the six-burner stove is on the other side of the great room. Two ovens and two refrigerators hidden by panels make entertaining easy.

"The owners didn't want a formal dining room, so we enlarged the breakfast space area so it's an open kitchen dining plan," Silbernagel said.

Next to the kitchen is another bright area for kids to play or do homework, but upstairs, four children's bedrooms are laid out in a rainbow of beautiful colors, each with a full bath. Two bedrooms overlook Falcon, and two overlook the outdoor backyard paradise.

The pool is the center of fun in this entertainment complex, built around existing oak trees.

"We have the outdoor cabana, barbeque area, and full bar outside and all the decking is Travertine marble," Silbernagel said.

There's no reason to go inside with everything at your disposal here. A beautiful outdoor bathroom adds convenience and an outdoor shower for before or after a swim. A shady, covered porch lets you survey the paradise from the house. There seems to be an ode to the past everywhere. Remember the house that was torn down to build this one? A fossil stone wall outside was once a feature in that home.

It's not the only tribute to something old.Even the roof on the home is special. It came from Lusher High School, which replaced its roof after the storm. An iron medallion at the front of the house is from the old Ridgewood Prep School, torn down more than a year ago.

This home incorporates the past and the present in amazing style and harmony.

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