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618 Moss Street, The Nava Home

618 Moss St webThis charming house has a semi-octagonal front parlor offset by a front and side porch, and is surprisingly large.

The rooms seem to expand the house in the rear, and the large back yard is a revelation of possibilities.

The house was originally built for the Levys, a Jewish family who may have selected this part of Moss Street for its proximity to Temple Sinai. The style and shape of the house resembles a particular Louisiana house type called the “northshore cottage. “

The Northshore cottage was a popular 19th century house style in the Florida parishes on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. They were designed to take advantage of lake breezes, with one-room cross ventilation in at least the main room. They featured simple floor plans and plenty of ornamental trim. This Victorian era cottage was popular as a getaway retreat for the residents of crowded and cramped New Orleans.

There are many examples of this house style and shap in that area of the state, but relatively few here in Southwest Louisiana. It’s a bit of a mystery as to how the Levy family managed to build such a house so tuned into its environment, and yet so far away from where it was the popular style. The utilities and major structure were refreshed and updated by the immediate previous owners, the property provides a blank slate for the new owners taste and personality.

The young couple has long range plans for interior decoration and design. They are also planning improvements to the back yard, and have some landscaping plans as well. It’s a wonderful open book for creativity. And having just moved into this vintage property within the last two months, they believe the possibilities for this lovely residence are endless.