New land development unlike any other available in parish, realtor says

Cecil Sumners and Edith Sandoz are overseeing the sales of Sunset Ridge Ranches.

Offers have started to come in for Sunset Ridge Ranches – a new land acquisition option in Des Allemands that is described as a unique real estate opportunity.

“There’s nothing like this that’s available,” Latter and Blum Realtor Regina Allemand said. “There’s nothing else in the parish that will allow this type of acreage.”

Sunset Ridge Ranches is located off of Grand Bayou Road. Allemand, who was hired to market the properties, said each 5-acre lot contains dozens of live oak trees and remnants of the original Grand Bayou that was cut off during the digging of the drainage canal that runs from Paradis to Bayou Gauche.

“All lots have water accessibility along the Grand Bayou/Paradis Canal area,” Allemand said. “These lots are an unusual offering in size and allow residents to have horses and stables.”

There are five lots available, and prices range from $445-475,000. Water and electric will be available to each parcel, while each owner will be responsible for their own private water/sewer treatment plants. Allemand said there is a 100’ servitude that runs along the levee which allows the parish access and the lot owners access to the water. No permanent structures can be built on that levee.

The property now being sold was inherited by the family of Margaret Graham Smith. Smith’s nephew and niece Cecil Sumners and Edith Sandoz are overseeing the sales, and said the land opportunity is unique.

“I believe there is a market for larger lots in St. Charles Parish,” Sumners said. “With the bulk of lots sold in the parish being half acre or less, many without trees- I think there are prospective customers who want and are looking for something much larger and a special place to raise a family away from the hustle and bustle of metro New Orleans, wanting privacy and solitude that comes from the larger parcels”.

Sandoz agrees.

“It gives people a choice – it is a missing land-type availability in St. Charles Parish,” she said.

Smith acquired the property in 1948. In the mid 1950’s Allemand said people who fished in the Bayou Gauche area for a living approached their Smith about developing a small subdivision for them to live, and thus Smith Green Acres was built.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke were the first streets established, along with First and Second Streets. The original lots were one acre, and in most cases were financed by Smith.

In 2004 the family developed the Ranchette concept along Grand Bayou Road with two acre lots. After those lots sold well, four more lots were added to the string of Ranchettes in 2020. Those quick sales opened up the need for larger properties.

“Aunt Margaret would love to know that people will continue to be able to enjoy the beauty of the area,” Sandoz said.


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