The Highland Road homes overlooking the bayou between Kenilworth and Lee Drive are spectacular residences. Many locals will tell you it’s some of the nicest property in the parish. And an opportunity is now available to obtain one of the newer Highland Road estates.
The home at 6040 Highland Road is nestled among century-old live oaks on two acres above the bayou. Built in 2004 by Newt Ogden, this French Creole style mansion has more than 4,700 square feet of luxury living space that takes full advantage of its lofty location above the bayou. A brick sidewalk leads to a wide brick front porch below the second-floor veranda, the perfect spot for leisurely afternoons. Four French doors provide entry to this spectacular home: the main entry into the foyer, two separate entries into the more-than-substantial great room, and a final entry into the home’s office.
The landscaping is immaculate front and back, and the views from the quad-level slate courtyards behind the home are breathtaking. There’s also a guest house with its own gunite pool and spa. So nice are the outdoor spaces, this is one of those homes where it’s hard to decide whether to spend more time inside or out. The slate courtyards are on four tiers down to a brick and iron fence, 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 is little doubt that this home was designed with south Louisiana entertaining in mind.
Meanwhile, inside, the predominant flooring is wide antique pine, on both floors. Stone tile is splashed in the kitchen, breakfast and wet areas. The layout flows gracefully, with large and inviting areas. The home was also obviously designed to take advantage of nature, with lots of wood windows allowing sunbeams to dance among the rooms. The great room sits just to the right of the foyer and is highlighted by exposed cypress beams in the ceiling and painted brick walls at either end. There’s also a huge imported limestone fireplace and an exit to the courtyards in back.
The breakfast room near the kitchen has a wall of windows to the back and a butler’s pantry with an icemaker and glass-front cypress cabinets on the opposite wall. There’s also an arched passageway to the formal dining room, which could be the nicest room in the house. With a large cove containing a marble serving area at one end, the formal dining room has a massive wood window that overlooks the immaculate front landscape. An 11-light chandelier that illuminates it all is opulent, but not overstated.
The master suite, which can be segregated from the public areas of the home via double doors, has a wide sitting area that also 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. A small gym/music room is located behind the master bath. There’s only one 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 cypress cabinetry, a four-burner Wolf cook top with a griddle on the 3cm granite island, a corner sink under rows of windows, and a big walk-in pantry.
Walk up the foyer’s magnificent curving staircase, and you’ll find the exit to the front veranda, which is also accessed from the front porch by a Creole exterior staircase. Bedrooms No. 2 and 3 share a Hollywood bath, and No. 4 has a full bath of its own.
With lots of wood, old brick and stone, this beautiful slate-roofed home sits in perfect harmony with its environment on some of the most desirable property in the parish: Historic Highland Road south of LSU.
Address: 6040 Highland Road
Lot size: 165 x 504 x 189 x 478 feet (2 acres)
Living area: 4,762 square feet
Baths: Three full, two partial
Marketing agents: Glenda Daughety and Brad Downs, RE/MAX First
Contact phone: 225-205-2672