Situated at the dead end of McIlhenny Drive in Country Club Court is a tall Mediterranean-style mansion with soaring 20-foot ceilings and elegant courtyards front and rear. With a personal and unique style, this home is for someone who relishes private opulence in a great area of town.
The opulence begins before you even get through the front door. A heavy wood and iron entry gate leads to the front pool courtyard, a private retreat where Mediterranean arches stand guard over a gunite pool and slate deck. A stainless outdoor kitchen is at one end, and the private courtyard is protected by copper gutters and drainage.
Elegant arches are a central theme in this custom, ornate home. Past the courtyard, guests step immediately into luxury when they cross a short foyer into the home’s great room, where four arched French doors to the pool courtyard can be opened to provide the ultimate flow for parties. Ceilings soar to 20-feet, and a faux stone mantle over the fireplace takes your eyes up to ornate crown molding. You’ve heard of triple-crown molding, but this is more like six-crown. Travertine is the flooring of choice on the first floor, while wood floors much of the second level.
Directly ahead from the home’s entrance is the kitchen, which can only be described as a paradise for the chef in all of us. Faux-finished cabinetry includes those wonderful self-closing drawers. A pair of dishwashers flanks the wide sink, and a massive granite island in the center has an ice maker. The paneled SubZero refrigerator/freezer matches the cabinetry so perfectly that it looks simply like another wider cabinet. The kitchen has an arched cooking cove that contains a 6-burner Wolf cook top with a griddle above double Wolf ovens. A pot-filler extends from the mosaic tile backsplashes, and sliding spice racks flank the ovens. Let there be no doubt: this is a gourmet cook’s kitchen.
While arches are central to the home’s Mediterranean theme, so are the chandeliers in every major room. The formal dining room, for example, has a mirrored wall and a round angelic mural on the ceiling. A massive crystal chandelier and two chandelier wall sconces provide dimmable dining light.
Also near the kitchen is a short hall to the home’s two-car garage. Along this hall is a custom home office, which could be converted into a bedroom.
The master suite, meanwhile, is a special retreat. More ornate chandeliers are in the bedroom and the tall master bath. The bedroom has a corner fireplace with a gold-leaf mantle and French doors to the front courtyard. The bath has opposing granite vanities and a walk-in shower with multiple shower heads inside seamless glass doors. But the focal point is a tall arched tub enclosure with tall leaded glass windows on both sides. It’s an impressive bathing area, to be sure.
And finally, the two upstairs bedrooms are accessible by a custom curving marble staircase. As impressive as the staircase is, the real wow factor up here is the second floor wine vault. Double doors –arched of course – lead to the climate-controlled vault, capable of holding more than 2,000 bottles. The whole home is protected by a generator system, so the wine and the entire house remain cool when the power goes out.
Country Club Court is a small gated community off Jefferson Highway near Essen Lane. McIlhenny Drive is the lone concrete street, with curbs, gutters, New Orleans style lamp posts and a sidewalk. Susan Roshto Miller with Jerry del Rio Real Estate will keep the home open today from 2-4 p.m. Million-dollar mansions aren’t kept open that often, so don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful, Mediterranean home in Country Club Court.
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