The antebellum style home at 17927 East Augusta Drive in the Country Club of Louisiana is a reminder of what it means to build a truly timeless home, one that endures unflinchingly as styles come and go.
The home, modeled by architect Gus Piazza after Houmas House, is more than 27 years old, but looks like it could have been built last week. Piazza designed a transitional open floor plan for the original owners, and although the house has been immaculately updated, the original design still flows as well as ever.
“It’s a great house for entertaining,” offered Susan Rains, the Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners agent marketing the home. And that’s true inside and out back, where a brick-and-flagstone pool courtyard with a slate-roofed outdoor kitchen welcomes guests to the party.
Inside, the home is warm and graceful, freshly-painted and staged by Andi Holliday of Stage Presence LLC.
It all starts with a circular, brick-lined driveway that rounds past the front English garden of boxwood and flowers. Guests cross a brick porch and step through a leaded glass door into the marble foyer, where a magnificent custom staircase winds 21 steps up to the second level.
Ahead, two steps down, is the living room, with original oak planks on the floor. Flooring choices are primarily oak and Old St. Louis brick, two more timeless classics.
Behind the living room is the sun room, lined with upgraded Pella glass and floored in old brick. The sun room morphs at one end into a breakfast area, which is two steps down from the kitchen. Bright and clean, this sun room/breakfast room has three walls of tall, transomed windows. “There are transoms over every window in the house,” Rains noted.
The kitchen has a large island topped with beveled-edge 3cm black granite, the same material used on the counters. The stainless appliance package
includes a SubZero and a Viking commercial grade cook top with a griddle. An icemaker is in the nearby butler’s bar. Cabinetry is painted – some with glass fronts – and a roll-top appliance garage is one corner.
Antique brass, which is making a comeback today, is found in the formal dining chandelier as well as in the master suite. A bay wall in the master bedroom is the perfect vantage point for the courtyard out back, and French doors with a sunset transom lead into the marble master bath. A whirlpool tub with gold-plated fixtures is flanked by a glass shower with a separate steam shower.
Up the custom staircase to the second floor, there are four bedrooms and two baths. A sitting area at the landing is the access to the front veranda, and the two rear bedrooms have French doors to the rear veranda. From this vantage point you can see golfers on the Country Club’s 11th Fairway.
There is a breezeway to a very unusual two-car garage. The brick-floored garage doubles as a mancave/bar, but has two garage doors to allow parking at either end of the bar. Talk about drive-in service; Norm and the rest of the “Cheers” gang would feel right at home.
The massive white columns in front and back of the slate-roofed home are steel, testimony to the quality of construction. A whole-house generator keeps the lights on, five A/C units serve the home and garage, and a surround sound system and landscape lighting keeps the parties fresh.
With strong bones and a timeless design, this is a premier
offering in the Country Club.
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