Old Plantation Lane

The keeping room
The keeping room

The small, exclusive one-street subdivisions off Old Hammond Highway near Jefferson contain some of the most desirable residences in the city. The T-shaped Wayside subdivision has but a handful of homes, but the one at 1923 Old Plantation Lane is available now. If you’re looking for a larger home with all the amenities and lots of room for entertaining, you should check this one out.

It’s 5,209-square-feet of custom living space designed by Patrick Tandy, with five bedrooms and five baths. It has a fabulous outdoor living room/kitchen combination with a beautiful gunite pool, all surrounded by a BuzzOFF mosquito system. It has some of the finest rustic pine flooring around — heavy virgin long leaf pine in random wide widths from vintage 19th Century buildings. And its location near Jefferson at Old Hammond Highway puts it squarely in convenient-to-everything territory.

The home’s front elevation presents itself tall, with three brick steps up from winding Plantation Lane. A copper roof covers the front porch, slate ridge caps line the rooftop, and a copper gutter and drainage system keeps rainwater under control. Step inside the beautiful reproduction French Doors and you’re in the living room. The vintage pine floors, beautifully installed, start here and move through the formal dining room to the right. A wrought iron staircase is on the opposite wall from the living room’s granite fireplace.

Lots of natural light filters through the home’s all-wood windows, and many of the 8-foot interior doors have switches to automatically turn on the lights when the doors are opened. French doors lead from the formal dining room to the keeping room, where the flooring of choice is 20-inch porcelain tile. Massive, and I mean massive, cypress beams frame the kitchen and the keeping room’s exit to the living room. The keeping room also has a big brick fireplace with a raised hearth, flanked on one side by rustic cabinets for the home’s surround sound electronics.

The kitchen is large, with an excellent appliance package including a stainless SubZero refrigerator, a SubZero wine cooler, a 6-burner Wolf gas cook top with a custom stone backsplash and pot-filler, two Dacor wall ovens, a Dacor warming drawer, a Sharp microwave and a pair of Fisher & Paykel dishwashers. A third dishwasher that services the outdoor kitchen is in the laundry room, which has an exit outside. There’s a double undermount sink below a large window, and a smaller hammered copper vegetable sink on the granite island. The pantry is so large, it has a window to the outside.

On the other side of the home, the study (or bedroom No. 5) has the same great pine floors as the living room. The master suite has more big cypress beams framing a sitting area overlooking the pool and back yard. The master bath is cavernous, with a 6-foot-plus Jacuzzi tub below a big mirror. Granite vanities — hers with a makeup desk — are on opposite walls. The walls curve to the center, where two big closets are identical in size.

The luxury continues outside, where the covered outdoor living room/kitchen overlooks the pool. Four fountains splash from brick walls on two sides. Lots of pools are heated for fall months, but this pool is also chilled for those sweltering summer days. The outdoor space has a corner masonry fireplace for cool fall evenings, a Wolf grill with a rotisserie and two side burners, and two refrigerated drawers for beverages. Back inside upstairs, there’s a big central living room with plantation shutters and a wall of cabinetry on both sides of a TV center. There are also two big bedrooms up here, each with its own bath.