Country meets the city on Blackwater Road

Bring your horses and rocking chairs to 14247 Blackwater Road, where a 4,414-square-foot luxury home surrounded by 17 acres of fenced property is the perfect place to live out a laid-back country lifestyle in the city. The city, in this case, is the city of Central, and this 17-acre spread easily accommodates the house, a gunite pool and spa, a two-bedroom guest house/pool house, a large workshop and RV port, a barn and a pond with a splashing fountain.

When you pull through the brick gated entry onto the property, you realize that you are in the country, but you’re still within “hollerin’ distance” of your neighbors. You’re close to Central’s stores and schools, and you’re really not that far from Baton Rouge.

The long, rectangular property on the west side of Blackwater Road is set back with about three fenced acres in front. Behind the house are a covered porch, the pool and a 1,920-square-foot guest house with a covered porch of its own. There’s also a granite outdoor kitchen with an icemaker and a Bull stainless grill, as well as an outdoor living room with a masonry fireplace.

Overlooking it all is a New Orleans-style balcony that connects to a big bonus room above the four-car garage. Lots of people could fall in love with this place without setting foot inside.

But once you get inside, the feeling is warm and cozy, even though the home has nearly 4,500 square feet of living area. It’s also a “smart” home, where the lights, temperature, the alarm system and even the front gate can be controlled via your smartphone.

There’s also an automatic generator for power outages.

Most of the flooring on the first level is stained and scored concrete. Right inside the foyer, to the left, is a media room, and ahead is the family room, which is connected to the kitchen via a split-level granite bar. The fireplace has a faux stone mantle, nicely accenting the faux finish on the kitchen cabinets. The highlight in the kitchen is a commercial grade 6-burner Thermador cooking unit with a griddle and double ovens housed below a custom hood. The island has a vegetable sink, and there’s a nice stainless farm sink on the counters. A wine refrigerator and microwave are in the bar cabinetry, and a breakfast and keeping area are just off the kitchen.

The master suite on the other side of the split floor plan is quite nice, with French doors to the rear pool courtyard and three tall windows to the back. With hand-scraped hardwood floors, the master bedroom has double doors to a luxurious bath with ceramic tile floors and marble slabs on dual vanities. Custom mirrors hang above the vanities and a makeup desk, located across from a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub below a big leaded glass window. There are big his-and-hers closets near a stone walk-in shower, and the laundry room is nearby. Two additional bedrooms share a Hollywood bath not far from the master, and bedroom No. 4 and a full bath are behind the kitchen.

Meanwhile, above the four-car garage is a huge (32 x 24 foot) bonus room with a kitchenette and a wrought iron balcony overlooking the pool courtyard. The current owner, not really needing an indoor soccer field, has the room set up as a gym, although it could be used for most anything. Bedroom No. 5, with its own full bath, is also up here, and so is a private poker room.

Much more than “country come to town,” this is a sophisticated and beautiful luxury home with a guest house on 17 pristine acres. If you’d like a luxury country lifestyle not far from town, you should absolutely check this place out at the open house from 2-4 p.m. today.