May 25, 2013 22:44 Timeless elegance on East Lakeshore Timeless elegance on East Lakeshore Advocate story May 25, 2013 Comments With lake views from just about every room, the traditional home at 2677 East Lakeshore Drive is warm and inviting, yet functional and spacious. Seven ancient live oaks are scattered across the .91-acre lot, standing sentinel over this prestigious lakefront property. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Baton Rouge homes are located along lakes and ponds. But this home isn't on just any lake, it is on the lakes. Uniquely situated near the intersection of East Lakeshore Drive and Morning Glory Avenue, residents at this property can see City Park Lake as well as University Lake. "That's the great thing about this property," said Heather Kirkpatrick, the Keller Williams Red Stick Partners agent marketing the home. "The views. You've got excellent views of the lake." The home has a straight brick sidewalk leading to the elevated slate front porch, but the brick sidewalk branches off in both directions, creating a tranquil walkway that surrounds the home. Built in 1941, the home has been updated and expanded over the years. But its timeless elegance remains intact with seamless additions and finely-crafted renovations. Take the kitchen, for example, where a half-moon island is glamorous as well as green with its Vetrazzo recycled glass surface. A hammered copper double farm sink is a treasure below wood windows, and a matching copper hood above the glass cook top is beautifully executed. The cabinetry is maple, some of it with glass fronts, and it works quite well with the oak floors. In fact, most of the first level of the home is floored in either oak or old brick. With a walk-in pantry and a separate silver closet, every detail in the kitchen works in harmony to create a warm, functional space. Ahead from the foyer, through double doors, is the formal dining room, a long space with a set of French doors to a rear screened porch and a second set of doors to an adjoining brick patio. A swinging door leads to the kitchen and the breakfast area, which has built-in banquette seating. The breakfast cove has two large wood windows that open to the rear screened porch, perfect for passing things through from the kitchen. Meanwhile, on the southeast side of the home, the glass-walled sunroom could also be a library, an office, whatever. Oak floors in the long living room transition nicely into this area, and the living room's wide fireplace has a marble surround and the original mantle. At the opposite end of the first floor is the home's laundry room and drop-off area, which is situated conveniently near the exit to the two-car garage, which has a garage office above. A full bath off the laundry room also connects to a big brick room with a really cool Murphy bed housed in Amish cabinetry. The stairway to the second floor is a custom affair with a carpeted runner and brass stair rods. Nearby is a half-bath with a pebble vanity, a hand-made porcelain tile floor and commissioned hand-painted wallpaper. Also here is another room that could be used any number of ways. It has walls of built-ins and bay windows that view the lake. The living quarters are up on the second floor, where the master suite is joined by two other bedrooms, each with its own bath. The master bedroom has a dressing area with a closet, as well as another closet with dressers in the travertine master bath. Some older homes may have closet shortages, but not this one. The master bath also has a walk-in shower and a deep whirlpool tub below a beautiful sunset transom window. It's also worth noting that the home sits on two lots, and when the weather turns bad, all the wood windows are protected by functional hurricane shutters.