Jun 13, 2013 13:48 Warm and Inviting in Riverbend Warm and Inviting in Riverbend 3025 Sarpy Ave. Advocate story June 13, 2013 Comments Filled with natural light filtering through plantation shutters, the home at 3025 Sarpy Ave. in Riverbend has a triple split floor plan that surrounds a serene brick courtyard. So whether you’re having a festive dinner party, entertaining dozens at a spring soiree or just spending a quiet evening at home, this home has you covered. One of the largest homes in Riverbend, the New Orleans style Andy McDonald offering is right off Riverbend Boulevard on a large tree-shaded lot. Most of the rooms in the home have views of the courtyard. The home was expanded in 2002 and now has a fabulous mother-in-law suite with its own master bedroom, full bath and private balcony. Another brick-walled courtyard in front of the home offers a degree of privacy, but it doesn’t hide the home’s considerable charm and character. Step inside, and you’ll find travertine stone and wood flooring, lots of big wood windows dressed in plantation shutters, and a warm inviting atmosphere. You’d be hard pressed to visit this home and not feel welcome. A large part of the home’s character comes from light – natural and man-made. The formal living room, for instance, has a wall of windows with big transoms above. The formal dining room also benefits from glass in the form of a huge set of faux French doors topped by a sunset transom. The man-made light shines from elegant chandeliers and upgraded light fixtures throughout the home. The layout has the living and formal dining rooms in the center, with the master and two bedrooms sharing a Hollywood bath on the east wing. The kitchen, breakfast room and laundry room are centrally located, and the mother-in-law wing is above a large family room on the west side. It’s a functional setup that affords private living spaces as well as great flow for entertaining. The master suite has an 8-light chandelier, a sitting area and views of the courtyard. His-and-her closets are on both sides of a short entry to the master bath, which is floored in ceramic tile. Imported premium Carrera marble slabs are atop dual vanities, and also form the surround for a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub. A window with plantation shutters allows light to filter into the bath, while a double walk-in shower with two water sources is on another wall. The kitchen and breakfast area are floored in travertine stone, and a 2-level granite island contains a five-burner cook top. A double cast iron corner sink is below painted cabinetry, some with glass fronts. Nearby, the breakfast area features three big windows that bathe the area in warm natural light. The home’s fourth bedroom – located behind the kitchen – is being used as an office, and has its own full bath. Meanwhile, the additions to the home start in back with a big family room that has stained, scored concrete floors. French doors lead to the center courtyard and rear porch. Above the two-car garage and workshop is the mother-in-law suite, a big area which could easily be used a second master suite. The suite has a full bath and access to a private wrought iron balcony overlooking the courtyard. This warm, inviting Riverbend home – with six gas lamps, four zoned air conditioning units and surround sound – looks bigger than its 4,248 square feet of living space. You’ll have a chance to see it for yourself today. Don’t miss the open house from 2-4 p.m.