There is exactly one private gated residence within the walls of the Country Club of Louisiana – an 11,500-square-foot New Orleans style villa nestled on five pristine acres near the northwest edge of the development. This picture perfect residence, one of the most exclusive properties in Baton Rouge, captures luxury in a way very few other homes can. The property makes its own statement, loud and clear, with 38 rooms under 17,153 feet of total square footage. Fabulous outdoor living spaces – highlighted by an Eduardo Jenkins gunite pool and slate courtyard – provide the exclamation point.
The property is behind the gates at the end of North Mission Hills Avenue. A winding asphalt driveway takes you through trees along the edge of the 13th Hole of the CCLA golf course to the sprawling compound. Facing the 13th green and a lake that lines the fairway, the slate-roofed home also has its own private pond in back.
Last year, the home was renovated and updated, with 4,500 more square feet of living space added. So meticulous was the renovation, it’s impossible to tell today where the original home ends and the addition begins. More importantly, the addition doesn’t look new and the original areas of the home don’t look old. It’s all happily married together in 11,509-square-feet of warm, inviting luxury. Flooring in the home is the best available, ranging from wide plank antique pine, to slate, to onyx, to marble to Old Chicago brick.
The master bedroom is down a loggia from the formal living room, and is really three rooms in one: the sleeping quarters, a sitting area to one side and a master living room with a faux stone fireplace. The master bath, which is actually larger than the master bedroom, is fabulous with a Bain Ultra Air jetted spa centered between travertine columns on marble floors. The 8-foot shower room, with 9 water jets and a rain head, has a view of the private pond. Rojo Alacante marble in 3 cm slabs tops the long vanities, and there are two huge closets with armoires and dressers. The master bath’s coup de grace is a wonderful “morning kitchen” with a Miele Coffee System, a SubZero beverage center, a microwave and an icemaker.
If you think that’s an amazing appliance package for a bathroom, check out the Old Chicago brick kitchen: there a 6-burner gas Wolf double oven with a griddle and grill enclosed in its own cove, a huge stainless SubZero, a wine refrigerator, a Miele convection/microwave oven and another Miele coffee system that can match anything from Starbuck’s.
We love the outdoors in South Louisiana, and the outdoor living spaces are amazing in this home. The outdoor living room has a wide fireplace and a granite kitchen with a Lynx gas grill and two burners, a deep fryer, a refrigerator and perhaps best of all, a beer tap. Automated screens rise and lower all around at the push of a button. Mosquitoes are not welcome here.
Meanwhile, attention was given to every detail in this home, from cypress interior doors and molding to exposed cypress beams crossing the kitchen ceiling. An automated 12-seat home theater rivals Hollywood’s finest movie screening rooms, the gated wine closet holds 200-plus bottles, guest quarters are more like master suites, the upstairs mahogany office has an elegant coffered ceiling, and the home’s seven-car parking garage is partly air conditioned.
This amazing home in CCLA is a parcel unto itself, and the property has been approved to be subdivided into six additional lots if the new owner doesn’t need five acres. While it’s hard to do this home justice in 700 words or less, a broker’s open house will be held on Sept. 27. So if you’d like to see the home, be sure to call your broker. With this CCLA property, you can have your cake and eat it too.
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