House of the week: Mary Plantation on Hwy 39

While people are spending millions to live in a 500 sq. ft. flat in Manhattan or a tract home in Northern California, you could have your very own plantation for little over a million. Located in Braithwaite, Louisiana, approximately 22 miles from downtown New Orleans, there is for sale a property that is over two centuries old offering over 2500 sq. ft. of living area and over ten acres of land.

Can you feel the history?

Built sometime in the late 18th century, the Mary Plantation is a French-style Creole plantation with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, four fireplaces, a carriage house/chapel, a guest house, barn and acres of live oak trees. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mary Plantation features original hardwood floors, French doors and a 2nd floor gallery that wraps around the entire house. Anyone up for Mint Juleps out on the gallery during a late afternoon in spring?

Unfortunately, with Louisiana’s rapidly-diminishing wetlands, it looks as if the Mary Plantation might not survive the next 30 years, but it sure would be fascinating to live there in the meantime. Would you pay $1,195,000 for your own plantation house?


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