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Charpentier Place Townhomes

Charpentier Place Hodges StCorner Hodges and Mill Street One of Lake Charles newest major developments is in one of its oldest and most historic neighborhoods. The Charpentier Place Townhouse development features properties with historic detailing and updated, contemporary interiors for sleek urban living.

According to developer Bret Ellis, "It's going to be upscale, luxury living right next to downtown."

Charpentier Place consists of 30 homes in the half block edged by Mill Street, Hodges Street and Division Street. The property was once part of the Nason Villa estate, and the half block had been vacant for well over a half a century. The location marks the traditional boundary between the mostly residential Charpentier Historic District and the more commercial Downtown/Lakefront area. Mr. Ellis continues, “We feel that the resurgence of the downtown area and the work that's gone in over the last few years has been remarkable, and we want to be a part of that.” To do just that, the development offers a variety of housing choices between $225K and $350K, depending on size, amenities, options and features.

The development is within easy walking distance of the bustling downtown with its businesses, shops, restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions. In short, these lovely residences are real townhouses, constructed in-town, and respectful to each other.

There are historic precedents for this sort of urban townhouse in port cities in the south with great vintage examples in New Orleans, Savannah, Mobile and Charleston, South Carolina. The staged example on tour is 601 Hodges at the corner of Hodges and Mill Street.

In building these homes, the developer used authentic design using modern technology: the crisp detailing of the low-maintenance siding that replicates lapped wooden siding, the use of other weather resistant products, tall double glazed windows, in tandem with traditional exterior details like double porches and real gaslights.

To provide value for contemporary families, the interiors are open-style with high end cabinets and kitchen appliances, and smart-phone Nest © thermostat climate control.