High Dollar Homes: Church becomes gracious living space on Jefferson Avenue

High Dollar Homes: Church becomes gracious living space on Jefferson Avenue

If you pass the glass house on Jefferson Avenue, you can't help but peek inside. You can see straight through it. A famous New Orleans architect designed it as a house of worship, but decades later, it's clearly a high dollar home.

"It's a block off St. Charles and you're right across from Newman and Daneel Park," said Eleanor Farnsworth with Gardner Realtors.

She calls the contemporary structure a "wow" house.

The year was 1955 when architect Albert Ledner designed the building as the First Unitarian church of New Orleans. Today, Ledner's lines are the same but the look and the purpose are different.

"It was redone to be a home in 1994, so they had to devise bedrooms and baths," Farnsworth said.

The foyer that once welcomed church members now draws you into a space without boundaries. The ceilings are 26 feet high.

"The dining room is fabulous for entertaining, and people love it because it illuminates beautifully because you're up in the trees and you step up and it's very private," Farnsworth said.

The kitchen is the heart of the contemporary home. Farnsworth said there are top-of-the-line appliances are throughout, and a large countertop and island where a family can sit and enjoy.

The home is filled with interesting levels reminiscent of the church it once was. The master bedroom is at the top of a short flight of hidden stairs.

"You can take a look down. It's open and you've got views of the entertaining area," she said.

The master bathroom is spacious and drenched in the color of dark green leaves. The soaking tub brings on instant relaxation. A balcony outside the dining room is private and nestled in the trees.

"The owners love it for cocktails, they sit out there and watch everybody go by," said Farnsworth.

Inside and down another short flight of stairs, the glass house shatters the traditional and brings on new surprises. Curves on the bottom floor contradict the sharp lines of the house.

Farnsworth says the massive downstairs is used as the playroom area of the 8,600-square-foot home. Three other large bedrooms and baths are downstairs.

A private area out back gives another dimension to a house with so much character. A tree looms over the pool and barbeque area.

"It's very clean living, very slick, and very chic," Farnsworth said.

A house with so much history has very little to hide, and so much luxury to show off.

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