The tall French chateau at the end of La Louisiane Court represents the best in tranquility and privacy with its secluded fountain courtyards and a stucco and slate Versailles fence. Antique doors and faux finishes are the order of the day inside this unique property. La Louisiane is a small one-street subdivision off Antioch Road near Old Jefferson, and the home at 16579 La Louisiane Court is the last one on the street.
Wide, curving steps flanked by stacked-stone walls lead from the street to tall double antique doors topped with a leaded-glass transom. These are the first of many antique door sets in this elegant home. Every major entryway inside the home has arched double doors imported from various spots in Europe. The home’s designer, a nationally renowned Baton Rouge antique dealer, visited overseas frequently to secure various features for this home, patterned loosely on an old French farm house, according to Jerry Piper, the C.J. Brown agent marketing the home. But perhaps the best thing about this home is its peaceful privacy and tranquility. “That’s the beauty of it,” Piper said. “It’s hidden away from the world.”
A tall foyer, topped with an angelic ceiling mural, opens immediately to the living room on the left. If faux-finished walls and crown molding are evidence that lots of thought and planning went into this home, the tall baseboards painted to precisely match the living room’s 17th Century marble mantle imported from London are the proof. Mexican tile flooring is beautiful and durable.
Five French doors line the wall opposite the front entry, and provide views as well as access to the tranquil and secluded courtyards in back. The amazing center courtyard is surrounded by a Versailles fence made of stucco and slate with hand-made wrought iron gates and statuary coves stationed along the perimeter. A meditation courtyard is through the left gate, and another courtyard is to the right. An imported limestone entryway circa 1872 allows exit to the driveway. But the courtyard inside the fence is the primary draw, with a mini-amphitheater with a fountain in the center. In all there are six fountains that drown out the noises of the world in this shady backyard retreat. A long and wide covered porch with four ceiling fans overlooks it all.
The home has but two bedrooms, so it’s not for the Brady Bunch. This is a mature home, with a tall master suite and guest wing at one end and the food prep and laundry room at the other. The master suite, floored in chiseled travertine, has another antique wood-burning marble fireplace from London in one corner, a perfect match to the one in the living room. Another set of antique French doors enters the master suite, while another set leads to the courtyard. And yet another set of tall imported doors lead to the master bath, a long area with a sunken whirlpool tub and an exquisite stained leaded glass window at one end. A single wide vanity is across from the tub, and a walk-in shower is at the other end. Across the hall – through yet another set of antique doors – is the guest suite, with Brazilian pecan floors and a full bath.
The home, which has hosted parties with hundreds of guests, has copper gutters and drainage outside for years of service. There are two air conditioning systems, two water heaters, a two-car garage and a copper landscape lighting system for gatherings at night.
This elegant French chateau at the end of La Louisiane Court will be kept open today from 2-5 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to stop by and see how relaxing, tranquil and private life can be.
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