April 12, 2024

Waterfront living in the greater metropolitan area comes in many forms, from cozy weekend getaways to stylish estates on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

But in Madisonville, along the pastoral Tchefuncte River with its easy access to the lake, one striking home has style, an impressive layout, a dock and an inviting asking price of $1.599 million for the five-bedroom space.

Conveniently located at 309 Bordeaux Court, a double cul-de-sac lane with only one point of egress, the home of more than 5,100 square feet sits on a well-manicured parcel of land with old-growth oaks and a tropical-inspired palette of palms and plantings around a decorative parking court.

All this is prelude to the home itself.

Rising three stories, the unique nature of the architecture, with balanced bays and custom Bahama shutters, is quickly evident.


The front door is an eye-catching work of art that brings in light.

The main entrance, on the middle story, includes a three-panel art piece of stained glass with a matching transom, pouring colorful light into the home’s great room. The room is the central space of the main floor, punctuated by a three-sided fireplace and a wet bar that separate the seating from the dining area.


The great room on the second floor of the home features a three-sided fireplace and wet bar that serve as a clever divider between the seating and dining areas of this central space.

Two sets of screened, sliding glass doors create a wall-sized view opposite the front door, leading to a large sunroom that overlooks the river and the resort-style backyard.

en sutie

The en suite on the second floor has plentiful windows to allow in natural light, with Bahama shutters to provide protection and shade.

Off the great space are three bedrooms, one en suite and two that share a spacious dual-roomed bath. Each bedroom enjoys a bayed wall with windows casting abundant natural light into the rooms. An additional half-bath is near the single bedroom.


Expanses of wood create a warm atmosphere in the main-level kitchen, which has two islands, multiple work stations and an eat-in  area.

Just off the dining area is the kitchen, which boasts warm-toned wood cabinets, two islands, commercial-grade appliances and a breakfast area in the rear, bayed section of the room. Multiple work areas and sinks make meal preparation easy. And with direct access to the sunroom, al fresco entertaining is easy.

primary primary bath

A tub is the focal point of one of the bathrooms in the primary suite on the third floor.

Opulence is the keyword for the primary bedroom, enjoying the same space on the third floor as the great room on the main floor, complete with fireplace and wet bar, as well. Double bathrooms are part of the plan, each with a walk-in closet. The larger bathroom is a grand space, with a soaking tub holding a commanding spot in the four-windowed bay that provides great views, plus a water closet with standing shower. The second bath also boasts a standing shower. Double sets of sliding doors provide access to the third-floor deck.

A second suite is located down the hall, with a large closet and en suite.


The spacious elevator is a major asset. The open stairs sit in a pool of light from the many windows that span the upper floors. 

There’s plentiful parking on the ground floor of the home, with built-in cabinetry for a home workshop or extra storage. There is also access to the stairway to the upper floors and to the elevator.

back dock

Space for four watercraft is found just outside the back wrought-iron fence, with two docks for access to the Tchefuncte River.

A family room with exterior access is also on the ground level. It includes a half bath and large laundry facility. A second laundry is located on the main floor. 

The backyard, with landscaping to mirror the front yard, is grounded by a large swimming pool. A hot tub is also available, as well as a fire pit for cooler evenings. Just beyond the back gate is a pair of docks for up to four watercraft.

The home is listed by Jennifer Hayes, of Reach Real Estate Solutions, (985) 777-4181.