Fabulous French style   in St. Andrews

By STEVE WHEELER

Advocate Real Estate editor

The home at 37111 St. Andrews Fairway is an extraordinary French residence with nearly 4,300 square feet of living space created among wood, brick and stone. Add in an amazing pool courtyard and a detached 2-story guest house, and you’ve got a premier residence in Prairieville’s upscale St. Andrews.

With lots of old brick and cypress, this beautiful home has a timeless French look with a little New Orleans thrown in.

The gated subdivision is located at the end of Greenbriar Avenue just off old Perkins Road, which makes it convenient to the interstate and all things south Baton Rouge.

A New Orleans style brick courtyard in front has nice statuary, and a brick sidewalk meanders around a sugar kettle fountain in front of the home. Slate ridge caps and a copper gutter and drainage system are upscale features. Things get really interesting in back, though, where a brick courtyard and gunite pool with a hot tub present a relaxing and
serene picture.

Inside, heart pine planks and Old St. Louis bricks are the order of the day. There are natural and painted brick accent walls, plenty of exposed cypress beams and solid 8-foot interior doors. The front entrance is
impressive, with double doors topped by a sunset transom.

A small foyer leads to the living room, where a massive faux stone fireplace is on one wall. Ahead,
directly in your line of sight, is a wall of windows to the covered aggregate back porch and backyard paradise. That’s the thing about this home; it takes full advantage of its unlevel lot. Windows across the back of the home all have elevated views of the pool and courtyard.

Interior ceilings are 12- and 14-feet, and even higher in some rooms like in the surprising master bath. The master suite is opulent, with the back side of the faux stone fireplace keeping cold winter nights cozy. The master bath is a must-see, with a brick accent wall vaulting to 18-plus feet. A half-round brick fountain and a lion’s head mantle are on the accent wall. Solid cypress plank doors lead to closets on either side of the brick wall. In another unique surprise, the floors and counters on the double vanities are stained concrete. The bath also has a black Jacuzzi tub and an oversized tile shower with dual water sources.

The kitchen features a honed granite island, as well as counter tops and backsplashes of heavy Mexican tile. The ceiling is coffered by large antique cypress beams, and a pot-filler extends from the hand-painted tiles behind the 4-burner Jenn-Air gas cook top and griddle. A big stainless Sub-Zero refrigerator is on one wall, and a triple stainless sink separates the kitchen’s two dishwashers. An icemaker is useful for entertaining, and this home would absolutely
entertain well.

Pocket doors lead to a keeping/multi-purpose room, and there’s a half-bath and large crafts room near the laundry room.

Upstairs, two bedrooms share a Hollywood bath, and a third bedroom has its own full bath. The long upstairs has a sitting room with a perfect-for-homework workspace and lots of closets. Also up here is a set of French doors to a balcony that overlooks the pool courtyard below, and something every upstairs dweller loves — a laundry chute.

Finally, the 1,900-square-foot guest house is not included in the home’s 4,294 square feet of living area. The guest house has two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a crafts room and a garage of its own. The second floor highlight in the guest house is a huge, mirrored game room, spacious and perfect for teen parties.

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