Luxury on the River
Hidden away In in one of the most convenient and desirable golf communities on the Northshore, the estate at 9 Iris Lane in Beau Chêne is a beauty to behold. Ten sprawling acres alongside the navigable Tchefuncte River surround a 9,450 square foot luxury home that offers comfort, privacy and a host of amazing amenities. Renovated with quality, this chic home features a gated entry, grand marble foyer, spacious light-filled living areas, incredible chef’s kitchen, luxurious primary suite, custom furniture, a media room, game room, heated salt water pool and spa, yacht dockage and much more.
The three-story French chateau style architecture houses five bedrooms, five full baths, four half baths, and includes a garage with ample storage for three vehicles. The current owners, Mark and Chi Bergeron, renovated the home upon purchasing it four years ago. Chi explains, “The house and the grounds were everything we wanted, but we also wanted to put our own touch on it. The interior was dark, and we wanted it lighter and brighter. We removed a wall to make the flow better and replaced windows to maximize the beautiful natural light that comes in.”
Performing design duties herself, Chi chose a largely monochromatic palette in shades of white with gold accents. The Bergerons added marble floors and vanities, quartzite countertops and extended the bar in the kitchen to achieve more countertop area. Because Mark is in the restaurant business and loves to cook, the kitchen appliances were upgraded to Wolf Sub-Zero. Outdoors, the pool and pool house were renovated, and a palm tree-surrounded hot tub with fire feature was added.
The choice of high end materials, oversized rooms, custom designed furnishings and expansive windows throughout are just some of the features that qualify the home as a luxury property, but Chi’s first priority was making the house a haven for her family. “I wanted the design to be modern, fun and livable with lots of natural light and these wonderful views. Between the pool, two game rooms and the movie room, we always had kids in and out. It was so easy for Mark to take everyone on a boat ride to Madisonville for the day – those were great times. And there’s plenty of parking for guests. Now that the kids are grown and out of the house, it’s time to turn it over for the next owners to enjoy.”
Memories in the Making
Some of the Bergerons’ favorite memories are sitting in the living room around the piano and fireplace (one of three in the house), and enjoying the pool area, including the pool house which features a kitchen, bath, sitting room and grilling area. A full outdoor kitchen is also currently under construction. Chi says that of the ten acres, five were left in their natural state offering privacy and the feel of a resort. Nature trails and boardwalks wind throughout the trees leading to their 125-foot dock on the river. An additional covered dock measures 100 feet.
“It’s easy to forget you’re in Mandeville back here. It’s a real retreat, but still incredibly convenient.” Chi explains more of the history of the house saying that the previous owner named their street after the abundance of irises on the property. That owner also designed the house and grounds according to the principles of feng shui which includes achieving balance, openness, and letting in air, light and nature. Building on that initial plan, the Bergerons have elevated the design with their own improvements to its beauty, form and function to create a home that will be a dream come true for its next fun-loving family.
9 Iris Lane, Beau Chêne, Mandeville, LA
MLS # 2317257 | Price: $5,300,000
Interior Square Feet: 9,451 | Total Square Feet: 12,466
5 Bedrooms | 5 Full Bathrooms. | 4 Half Baths
3 Car Garage | 10 Acre Lot
For more information about this home contact Alice W. McNeely with McNeely~Mack Properties. Office 985-626-5695 or mobile 504-812-2236.