Country Club of Louisiana

Lots of homes have golf course views, but very few have the kind available at the home at 18423 N. Mission Hills Ave. in the Country Club of Louisiana. A beautiful panorama through the mossy oaks lining the 16th hole awaits visitors to this stunning 9,995-square-foot Al Jones design.

The home is situated on some of the finest property in south Louisiana, and Jones and Builder Gary Spurlock take full advantage of what Mother Nature provides.

The classic and elegant 2.5-story French design is in the prestigious Mission Hills area near the back of CCLA, where the moss hangs thick on the century-old oaks. The stately mansion is made primarily of old brick, some of it whitewashed from a patented process. The home has copper gutters and a slate roof, and so does the adjacent guest house - a 2-story, 1,306-square-foot residence with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living room and a full bath.

No expense was spared in this home, and it's obvious from the minute you enter the front door. The foyer - and much of the home's first floor - is floored in thick European Flagstone. A mahogany office is to the right of the entrance, splendid with its custom bookcases and wainscot walls. The formal dining room is to the left, floored in exquisite 12-inch-wide antique pine planks.

Ahead is the living room, where the whitewashed brick meets old interior brick above more of the wide plank antique pine. It's here you first notice the incredible views through a wall of windows separated by French doors. The same view is available from several other areas of the home, including the kitchen. The owner reports you can see no less than seven golf holes from various parts of the property. One of the best is from the 6-over-6 wood panes of the keeping room windows. Brick arches, massive exposed beams and lots of warmth - all highlights of an Al Jones design - are scattered through the home. This may be a multi-million dollar mansion, but it's not hard to imagine kicking your shoes off and relaxing for a while.

More of the European Flagstone floors the kitchen, but the real eye-popping feature here is the massive island topped with polished bronzite, a rare material harder than granite. One of the kitchen's hammered copper sinks is in the island, as is a beverage cooler. The beautiful cypress cabinetry - much of it with glass fronts - is from Highland Cabinets, and a big SubZero refrigerator perfectly matches the tone and texture of the cabinetry. A 6-burner Wolf cook top with a double oven makes things easy on the cook, and a Hushizaki sonic icemaker keeps everyone's drinks cold.

The butler's pantry has its own SubZero wine refrigerator and another hammered copper sink on travertine counters. All interior doors are antique cypress, the chandeliers are crystal, and even the oversized laundry room has great views.

In the master suite, where the warm antique pine floors continue around a corner into the nearby guest suite, you can warm yourself in front of the whitewashed brick fireplace. The opulent master bath has two large opposing vanities below custom mirrors with imbedded sconces. A double walkthrough shower has two water sources, including a rain head. The master closet is more like the master closet room, with a large marbletopped center dressing cabinet, glass-front cabinetry and lots of shoe shelving and dressers.

Meanwhile, the second floor has three bedrooms, two full baths and exits to the veranda. Up on the third floor, there is a dance studio/teen room, a cedar closet and climate controlled storage.

The home also has five variable speed air conditioning units, for a total of 25 tons of high-efficiency air. There's also a whole-house Generac generator that keeps everything going when the power goes out.

Statistics

Address: 18423 N. Mission Hills Ave.

Lot size: 155 x 191 x 224 x 216 feet

Living area: 9,995 square feet

Bedrooms: Six

Baths: Five full, two partial

Price: $2,495,000

Marketing agent: Quita Cutrer, Burns & Co. Realtors

Contact phone: 225-413-8874</