Perkins Road East

Nestled on the gently rolling hills on the west side of Old Perkins Road – just across from the entrance to Santa Maria – is a three story colonial that stands tall over a natural paradise with two large lakes and centuries-old live oaks. This gated retreat is country living at its finest in southeast Baton Rouge. The 6,500-square-foot custom design is on a 4.6-acre estate, much of it water.

One lake is just north of the home, and the other larger lake is in back. Views from just about anywhere in this residence are awesome, but especially so from the front and rear verandas. There are lots of surprises in this property, not the least of which is an elaborate tree house that actually connects to the rear veranda, and has what may be the best view of all.

A driveway winds by the front lake and leads to a brick sidewalk up to the home’s brick front porch. Enter through the ornate leaded glass doors and you’re greeted by the living room and a spiraling staircase up to the second floor, where the ceiling is some 26-feet above you. Tall windows allow views of the back lake, which has a long straight pier out to a covered gazebo with water and electricity. A tall cypress tree is home to a number of cormorants that stand guard over the lake. A brick observation deck is the perfect spot for coffee and the morning paper.

Oak floors in the living room complement the dark stained wood on the elegant curving staircase and the balconies above. On one wall is an enormous brick fireplace, built in three tiers up to the ceiling. Dentil crown molding lines the ceiling. Cased entries from the foyer and the living room lead to the large formal dining room and its elegant crystal chandelier.

To the right is a brick hallway through arched brick walls to the kitchen. But before you arrive in the food preparation area, you pass by a granite wet bar with a wine refrigerator and glass-front cabinetry. And then surprise, there’s a built-in aquarium in the brick wall on the way to the kitchen. On the other side of the aquarium is a media room, and the laundry room is across the hall.

The home has lots of brick – some in herringbone patterns – and archways frame entries. The next surprise is huge – it’s the glass walled kitchen itself, located five steps down from the main home. The kitchen has three glass walls and one brick wall, allowing a panoramic view of the lakes and the private patio out back. This glass gourmet kitchen has a vaulted ceiling and a masonry fireplace to match the one in the living room. The commercial-grade stainless appliance package is top drawer – including things like a warming drawer, an icemaker, deep fryer and a grill – and the counter tops and U-shaped island are granite.

On the other end of the house, an office connects to the foyer and the master suite on the other side of the stairs. The master has yet another fireplace, this one a two-sided one that also services the granite master bath. The vaulted bath has separate areas for him and her: she gets a vanity and a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub, while he gets a vanity and big walk-in shower.

Up on the second floor, there are three bedrooms, a Hollywood bath and a full bath, and of course exits to verandas front and back. The third floor has a big bonus/game room and a glass-walled gym that overlooks the rear lake.

This home is a jewel in an idyllic setting on Perkins Road East.

Statistics

Address: 19506 Perkins Road East

Lot size: 105 x 912 x 281 x 348 x 612 feet (4.6 acres)

Living area: 6,499 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Four

Price: $1,950,000

Marketing agent: Jerry del Rio

Jerry del Rio Real Estate Inc.