The Grande Dame of Greenwell Springs

30811 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs
30811 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs

Patterned after Oak Alley Plantation, the stately brick home at 30811 Greenwell Springs Road is known as Oakview Manor. The home – which sits on 5.8 acres of live oaks, pines and fruit trees – has a pool house with an indoor pool. There’s also a shady pond with a pair of wooden decks.

After a visit to Oak Alley, the famous antebellum home located along the Mississippi River in Vacherie, the owners of the Greenwell Springs residence decided to pattern their home after the “Grande Dame of the Great River Road,” according to Glenda Daughety, the RE/MAX First agent marketing the property. “It’s the same type floor plan; just a smaller version.”

The property may not have two rows of ancient live oaks leading to the home, but iron gates open to a large shady front yard with a circular driveway. The front brick porch is topped by a wide veranda upstairs.

The first thing you notice when you step through the transomed and highlighted front entry is the custom, swirling foyer staircase that leads up to the third floor. Old Chicago bricks laid in a herringbone pattern floor this great room, which has a pair of French doors to the back. Two glass chandeliers hang from the ceiling, which soars to more than 20 feet and has balconies on each side. A wide fireplace with an insert is along one wall, and the other three walls are wainscoted.

The formal dining room is left of the foyer, accessed by interior French doors. Floored in oak, this double room could either be a very big dining hall, or a dining/living room combination. The formal dining room connects to the kitchen, which was recently updated with a double stainless sink and granite counter tops. The breakfast room is nearby, and connects to a large sunroom with a bay wall of windows with seats and a stained glass pane above.

On the other side of the house, the master bedroom has new wood flooring and its own laundry room. The master bath is small, but there are double vanities, a tub and a walk-in shower. Bedroom No. 2 is across from the master, and it has its own full bath.

Walking up the majestic winding staircase to the second floor, guests can glance down at the great room and imagine a summer soiree in progress. Like many old plantation homes, the second floor has a bedroom on each corner. Bedrooms No. 3 and 4 share a Hollywood bath, and so do 5 and 6. All four bedrooms are huge. The second floor landing has access to the wide front veranda as well as the smaller, glassed-in rear veranda. The front veranda has a hinged section of railing that can be removed to facilitate hoisting large furniture pieces to the second floor. Every bedroom in the home is illuminated by a chandelier.

The custom stairs continue to floor No. 3, which is sheetrocked but not finished. And on top, there’s an octagonal couplet with windows. Topping everything off, however, is a fabulous pool enclosed in pool house near a shady pond and the home’s two-car carport.

Zoned rural, the home is nearly 30 years old, and it could use a few updates and some TLC, but its elegance is palpable and the possibilities unlimited. Don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful home in the country just a short drive up Greenwell Springs Road. It will be kept open from 2-4 p.m. today.

Statistics

Address: 30811 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs

Lot size: 5.8 acres

Living area: 5,172 square feet

Bedrooms: Six

Baths: Four full, two partial

Price: $780,000

Marketing agent: Glenda Daughety

RE/MAX First

Contact phone: 225-205-2672