The Myrtles

Just off Highland Road south of LSU, The Myrtles is a small subdivision located on some of the prettiest property in East Baton Rouge Parish. Available now at 414 Myrtle Hill Drive is a tall Country French offering with 5,276 square feet of interior luxury and a dynamite outdoor space on undulating hills. Oak trees are a staple along Highland Road, and Myrtle Hill Drive certainly has its share.

A brick walkway in front of the home leads from twin parking pads to a brick porch with exposed cypress beams, the first hint of all the luxury inside. The driveway to the home’s three garages is on the left behind a brick wall. If you use the front door, you’ll be welcomed by a sea of antique heart pine flooring that stretches from the living room to the formal dining room ahead. From the foyer, you can look through both rooms and see out to the fabulous pool courtyard in back.

That’s where the outdoor party starts, with a vaulted outdoor kitchen and covered back porch overlooking a saltwater infinity-edged pool with a rock waterfall. A full bath is off the back porch to keep wet feet off the nice antique pine floors. The outdoor kitchen is enclosed in a vaulted-roof breezeway, and features a granite bar and counters over stone, a stainless sink, a charcoal grill, a gas grill, a two-burner cook top, a refrigerator, and even a dishwasher. This outdoor paradise also has a Buzz-off mosquito system and a cooling tower to keep the pool refreshing, even in the dog days of summer. The far edge of the pool disappears into the rock-wall-terraced rear lawn.

Back inside, the home has 14-foot ceilings and stacked crown molding. Left of the formal dining room is the kitchen and keeping room, a big space that is the heart of the home. Bricks from Old St. Louis floor these rooms, which are separated by a split-level granite bar. Heavy slate is the choice on the kitchen counter tops. Included in this gourmet setup is a big stainless SubZero, a 6-burner commercial DCS gas cook top with a griddle above double ovens, a stainless triple sink in the bar, antique cypress cabinets, and massive exposed antique cypress beams overhead. Interestingly, the kitchen’s island is supported by wrought iron “cabinetry” instead of wood. Even more interesting, the wrought iron is actually a wine rack with a gate at each end. Nearby, a small butler’s bar has a hammered aluminum sink, glass-front cabinets and slate counters. The adjacent keeping room is vaulted, with a corner wall of windows to the pool.

The master suite, which has its own private porch overlooking the outdoor paradise, has a tray ceiling and a fireplace that warms the bedroom on one side and the bath on the other. The travertine master bath is opulent, with a vaulted ceiling, two long 3cm granite vanities, two walk-in closets with lots of built-ins, a big travertine shower and a substantial soaker tub below a tall window with a sunset transom.

The home also has a guest suite/nursery with wood floors and a full bath, as well as a mother-in-law suite not far from the kitchen. The mother-in-law suite is currently being used as a gym and two bedrooms, one with an exit to the courtyard. Each of the home’s five bedrooms has its own full bath, and there are another two and one-half baths for good measure. Upstairs is a bedroom, a long game room/sitting area and two full baths.

This fabulous south Baton Rouge home also has 8-foot interior doors finished in a whitewashed antique look, an automatic generator for the next Isaac/Gustav, a sprinkler system and keyless locks. It’s not often that million-dollar homes are kept open, so don’t miss your chance to see this gem in The Myrtles off Highland Road. It will be open today from 2-4 p.m.

Statistics

  • Address: 414 Myrtle Hill Drive
  • Lot size: 153 x 256 x 153 x 31 feet
  • Living area: 5,276 square feet
  • Bedrooms: Five
  • Baths: Seven full, one partial
  • Price: $1,495,000
  • Marketing agent: Wanda Williams, Jerry del Rio Real Estate
  • Contact phone: 225-229-8166