Mediterranean retreat on Old Hammond Highway

When a home is completely remodeled – if it’s done correctly – it often becomes difficult to tell exactly how old the newly-remodeled residence is. The work at the Mediterranean-style home at 7920 Old Hammond Highway was done correctly. The home looks brand new.

Remodeled with lots of wood, stone and glass from the new roof on down, the home sits tall on the lot at the corner of Old Hammond Highway at Rue Bienville in the heart of the wonderful one-street upscale subdivisions near Jefferson Highway. While the front elevation is stately, the lot is deep, with an aggregate and brick driveway running down the left side and a sidewalk meandering on the right. Because of this deep layout, the whole place remains perfectly private, even though it sits near the center of town. A privacy fence is on one side, while a tall brick wall is on the other. A slate circle drive is in front, and the driveway leads past an elegant brick and slate pool courtyard to the 3-car garage.

Inside, the rooms are big, with tall ceilings and lots of tall wood windows. Fixtures are upgraded, including an imported Italian chandelier in the formal dining room. The entrance to the home displays a big living room with two loggias, each delineated by a pair of columns. One loggia also serves double duty as a foyer, and the second has painted brick arches at either end. To be sure, the home is formal, but it’s warm too, with nail-down wood floors and lots of stone and granite. The living room and formal dining room share a two-sided wood-burning fireplace with granite surrounds on both sides.

At one end of the living room’s rear loggia is the kitchen and keeping room, floored in Old St. Louis bricks. The kitchen has a new stainless appliance package, and a SubZero refrigerator/freezer paneled in the same mahogany used in the new double-row cabinetry. The island is 3cm granite, as are the counter tops. A double undermount stainless sink is below a large arched wood window. The adjacent keeping room has a painted brick wood-burning fireplace and a wall of windows and doors to the home’s center courtyard. The courtyard is surrounded on three sides, meaning there’s a good view from just about every room in the home. The home has an extraordinary number of elegant plantation shutters – even on floor-to-ceiling windows – probably the most I’ve seen in Baton Rouge.

The master suite, meanwhile, has more nail-down wood flooring, and of course more plantation shutters. The bath suite is opulent, with stone floors, marble counter tops, a stone shower and a pedestal soaker tub. There are two opposing vanities of marble, and a third make-up vanity for her. There are two closets; his is large, but hers is crazy large. It wraps around the bath’s back wall and has shelves, shoe shelves and dressers for days.

Warm wood floors continue upstairs, where there are three big bedrooms and two full baths, as well as a large bonus room. But the home doesn’t stop there. There’s a 1,043-square-foot guest house above the garage with its own private access, more wood flooring, a full kitchen, a breakfast area, a full bath and a separate security system. There’s also a pool bath downstairs near the gunite pool, which separates the guest house from the main house.

This is a fabulous property close to everything off Old Hammond near Jefferson.

Statistics:

Address: 7920 Old Hammond Highway

Lot size: 100 x 192 x 55 x 201 feet

Living area: 5,753 square feet (including guest house)

Bedrooms: Five

Baths: Four full, one partial

Price: $1,199,000

Marketing agent: Janet Dicharry,

RE/MAX Real Estate Group

Contact phone: 225-413-6831