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Find peace and quiet in the city in a secluded, newly remodeled contemporary home at 1812 Bissonnet St. complete with courtyard, swimming pool, intimate backyard space and even a darling outdoor playhouse for the young ones.
The house is now on sale for $850,000, down almost 10 percent from the original asking price.
Located in Ormond Place within the historic Boulevard Oaks subdivision, the two-story residence is tucked behind a professionally landscaped gated entrance with slate walkway and water fountain. Walk in to discover walls of windows overlooking the swimming pool in practically every room in the house.
To the right, the largest living space boasts a two-story ceiling anchored at one end by a gas fireplace with marble hearth. Another living area down the hall to the left opens to create even more space for entertaining. Solid hardwood floors are found throughout and all first-level sliding doors open to the courtyard in this very open floor plan.
High-end upgrades to the kitchen include new Bosch double ovens, honed slated countertops, travertine flooring and a water filtration system. Plenty of cabinet storage and countertop surfaces are augmented by a large center island.
All three bedrooms are located upstairs, with the master suite enjoying the other fireplace in the house. The marble master bath has free-standing vanities and step-up jetted tub, as well as two stained glass windows and a chandelier. Down the hallway of floor-to-ceiling windows are the other two bedrooms. In all, the home offers two full and one-half bath.
A round swimming pool is the highlight of the courtyard, which is kept secure with video surveillance. A low-maintenance side yard also provides a retreat, with the playhouse at one end of the area and easily in view. Private alley access leads to the two-car garage, with parking available for three more cars.
Square footage: 3,137
Asking price: $850,000