Woodchase

With a wide open layout and large fenced back yard, the home tucked in the quiet cul-desac at 5518 Springer Court presents a great opportunity in Woodchase, an upscale subdivision located ideally off Perkins Road in the heart of south Baton Rouge. The tall French-style brick and stucco offering sits on a large lot toward the back of Woodchase, and has been updated throughout. "The location is the best thing about this neighborhood," said Janet Schwartz, the agent marketing the home for C.J. Brown Realtors. It's close to the interstate system, medical centers, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, she said.

But if you're more the entertain-at-home type, the 3,966-square-foot split floor plan makes this a great place for parties and gatherings, small and large. A brick-edged front porch with a beaded board ceiling leads guest to wide entry doors topped by a beautiful sunset transom.

From there, a sea of oak plank flooring is in the

foyer, living room and dining room. Four tall windows across the back allow views outside and natural light inside. A fireplace with a faux-finished wood mantle is flanked on the left by a corner entertainment center and on the right by built-in cabinetry.

The formal dining room has a nice oil-rubbed bronze chandelier and a massive, 12-light window that bathes the room in natural light. Cased entryways and crown molding in this home show that attention to detail was very important to the builder.

In the kitchen, a long "Giallo Napleone" granite island is 3 cm, another upscale touch. Oak cabinetry is finished in a warm honey color, and the stainless appliances are GE Profile. There's also a walk-in pantry and a nearby keeping room with a wall of custom oak bookcases. The kitchen and keeping room are floored in durable ceramic tile, as is the nearby breakfast area. The guest suite, with a bedroom and a granite full bath, is located behind the kitchen. Down a short hallway are a drop-off area with built-ins, the laundry room (which has a sink and plenty of room for a freezer) and the exit to the two-car garage. There's a large utility room in the garage, as well as conveniently wide doors that open to the back yard.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the split floor plan, the master suite is a relaxing retreat with a small anteroom and a sitting area with three tall windows to the back yard. The bath is bright and wide, with a vaulted ceiling and a big corner jetted tub. Her long granite vanity has a makeup desk and is across from his smaller granite vanity. A walk-in shower is on one wall, and skylights in the ceiling bring in lots of Mother Nature's light.

Upstairs, two more bedrooms have a Hollywood bath setup. One bedroom has a view of the back yard through a dormer window with plantation shutters, while the other bedroom faces front, with its dormer window also dressed in plantation shutters. Also up on the second floor is a fabulous bonus room. It's long, and has a pair of built-in desks, as well as a built-in media center; it's a perfect study hall for the kids.

And finally, the private fenced back yard has a round brick fountain centerpiece with lots of green spaces on both sides. A sprinkler system and underground drainage help keep the landscaping lush.

Statistics

Address: 5518 Springer Court

Lot size: 62 x 122 x 170 x 57 x 147 feet

Living area: 3,966 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Three

Price: $599,000

Marketing agent: Janet Schwartz, C.J. Brown Realtors

Contact phone: 225-939-5887</