French charm in University Club

By STEVE WHEELER

Advocate Real Estate editor

The tall French offering at 15122 Championship Drive in University Club Plantation is much more than the bricks and stucco used in its construction. It’s a warm, inviting place where everyone – homeowner and visitors alike – can feel relaxed, comfortable and right at home.

The home is seven years old, but when you walk inside, you’d swear nobody has ever lived there. The home is bright, clean and immaculately maintained. Heart pine flooring – a soft wood notorious for suffering the dings of daily life – shows almost no evidence of wear. Cypress cabinetry has a beautiful satin patina, and 20-inch ceramic tiles in the kitchen, keeping room and breakfast area resemble slate.

University Club Plantation – the golf course community with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and iron lamp posts south of the LSU campus – is the perfect setting for this beautiful home. Like all the homes there, this home has a brick driveway apron and tremendous curb appeal. It’s a tall residence with a New Orleans style balcony above the entrance, a pair of gas lamps to light the way inside, and a two-car garage with a boat port.

Inside, the home shines. Literally. Ceilings are 12 feet above the beautiful pine planks, with a formal dining room immediately to the right of the foyer. A tall 16-light wood window fills the room with natural light, and a 9-light iron fixture hanging above provides manmade illumination at night.

The pine floors stretch ahead into the living room, where a gas log fireplace has a painted mantle and a granite tile surround. An entertainment center is to the left of the fireplace, and a wall of windows views the covered back porch and fenced back yard.

One of the biggest areas in the home is the kitchen, keeping, breakfast area – which is no doubt a favorite gathering spot for family and friends.

It’s actually three distinct areas, all flowing
smoothly together over 20-inch tile floors. The whole area is brightly lit thanks to tall windows along the back wall. The breakfast area and separate keeping room both have a wall of glass to the back porch and yard. The keeping room has a beautiful fireplace wall, with the fireplace topped by a cypress mantle. On either side, the natural cypress cabinetry is a perfect match with the cabinetry in the kitchen. To the left is a bookcase and cabinets; to the right is an entertainment center.

The kitchen, meanwhile, has a 4 x 6 foot granite island that matches the counter tops. The backsplashes are the same as the floor tiles, except they’re 6-inches instead of 20. A cypress appliance garage is in one corner, not far from the 5-burner KitchenAid gas cook top. Nearby is a stainless microwave-over-oven set up. Between the kitchen and formal dining room is a long butler’s pantry with more cypress cabinetry – some of it glass front – over more granite counter tops. An icemaker and a wine refrigerator are included in the butler’s pantry, as is a stainless sink.

A hallway behind the living room leads to the master suite, which has more pine floors and a sitting area with windows. The master bath has a real linen closet, a closet for him, a bigger closet for her and a big glass walk-in shower. Separate vanities have upgraded fixtures and sinks, and a 6-foot whirlpool tub is below a decorative window.

A hall behind the kitchen passes the laundry room, two bedrooms and a computer desk on the way to the two-car garage and boat port.

And finally, two more bedrooms upstairs share a Hollywood bath. One of the bedrooms has an exit to the New Orleans style balcony in front of the home. Also up here are a bonus/game/media room and a gym/hobby room that has a big swing-out window with great views of the neighborhood.

If this upscale University Club Plantation home sounds like something you’d be interested in, don’t miss the open house today from 1-3 p.m. You’ll have plenty of time to get home for the Super Bowl.