High above Bayou Fountain on the west side of Highland Road across from its intersection with Sunset Boulevard, a French Creole plantation style mansion sits majestically on two acres of prime south Baton Rouge real estate. The home at 6040 Highland Road has to be considered among the most desirable properties in Baton Rouge.
Designer Remson Haley and Builder Newt Ogden started the project with a beautiful piece of land that included century-old live oaks. The property accommodates the home’s big front yard and incredible courtyards in back, then drops almost like a cliff down to the bayou.
Completed in 2004, this residence looks and feels right at home among the oaks.
To be sure, the home and its 4,762 square feet of luxury living space take full advantage of the lofty location. A brick sidewalk leads to a wide front porch below the second-floor veranda, and four French doors provide entry to the home: the main entry into the foyer, two separate entries into the great room, and a final entry into the home’s office.
Landscaping is immaculate front and back, and views from the quad-level slate courtyards behind the slate-roofed home are amazing. There’s also a 450-square foot guest house on the property with its own gunite pool and spa.
The main courtyards are behind the home on four tiers down to a brick and iron fence overlooking the bayou, and the centerpiece is a center fountain with a large urn and a gas flame feature. An arbor frames the outdoor living room’s fireplace, and sitting areas abound in the slate courtyards. There can be little doubt this home was designed with
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Meanwhile, back inside, the predominant flooring upstairs and downstairs is wide
antique pine planks.
Stone tile is used in the kitchen, breakfast room and wet areas. The layout flows gracefully, with large inviting areas. The home was also obviously designed to take advantage of nature, with lots of wood windows allowing in natural light.
The great room is highlighted by exposed cypress beams in the ceiling and painted brick walls at either end. There’s a huge imported limestone fireplace as well as an exit to the courtyards in back.
The breakfast/keeping room by the kitchen has a wall of windows to the back, and a butler’s pantry with an ice maker and glass-front cabinetry are on the opposite wall.
There’s also an arched passageway to the formal dining room, which is one of the nicest rooms in the house. With a large built-in cove and marble serving area at one end, the formal dining room also has a massive wood window viewing the front yard. An 11-light chandelier illuminates everything nicely.
The master suite, which can be segregated from the public areas of the home via double doors, has a quiet and sunny sitting/writing nook that overlooks the back yard. The master bath has a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub below plantation shutters. A pair of vanities with custom mirrors is topped with 3cm granite slabs, and a small gym/music room is located behind the master bath. There’s only one master closet, but it is huge and has two dressers and lots of hanging space.
The kitchen has a top drawer appliance package, including a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator to match the cabinetry, a four-burner Wolf cook top with a griddle on a 3cm granite island, a corner sink under rows of windows and a big walk-in pantry.
Walk up the foyer’s magnificent curving staircase to the second floor, and you’ll find the exit to the front veranda, which is also accessed from the front porch by an exterior Creole staircase. Bedrooms No. 2 and 3 share a Hollywood bath, and No. 4 has its own full bath.
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