Aug 15, 2013 14:02 The Good Life off Highland Road The Good Life off Highland Road Steve Wheeler | Advocate Homes Editor Aug. 15, 2013 Comments Some of the prettiest property in East Baton Rouge Parish is located off Highland Road south of the LSU campus, and the property at 330 Fulwar Skipwith Road has a fabulous 6,500-square-foot home in the middle of 3.465 acres of prime south Baton Rouge real estate. Just 1.5 miles from the Country Club of Louisiana, this gated estate is private, secure and immaculately landscaped with 36 zones of irrigation to keep everything fresh. The Colonial-style residence is nestled among the live oaks and gardens, with beautiful courtyards and private sitting areas scattered strategically. The highlight in back is a 1,200-square-foot cabana overlooking the gardens and a self-cleaning gunite pool and spa. This all-inclusive vaulted cabana keeps the home’s interior theme of exposed wood beams and old brick to create a warmly relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. On the opposite end of the pool from the house, the cabana has a granite kitchen area with a sink and refrigerator, custom lighting, two outdoor living rooms and a massive masonry fireplace with a widescreen TV above. The outdoor spaces of this estate are magnificent. With a half-dozen private courtyards and sitting areas, there’s always a shady spot to rest and recover. The home’s front elevation shows a wide elevated porch that wraps around to a private brick courtyard near a pigeonnier, which actually is a two-story air-conditioned workshop. Antique heart pine and Brazilian slate are the major flooring choices inside the home. The formal dining room is elegant with its imported Italian chandelier, and the granite butler’s pantry has lighted cabinets. To the right is a parlor and music room. The home’s big family room is warm and inviting with exposed antique wood beams, arched brick accent walls and one of several wide fireplaces with custom mantles. What once was the home’s back porch is now a beautiful glass-walled loggia with a breakfast room at one end and a sitting room at the other. Designer Ike DeCapeville created a flowing, seamless floor plan in this large home. The first floor contains the master suite, a guest suite and the public areas. In fact, the owner says the home has easily accommodated 150 or more guests at parties. The remodeled second floor of the home has two bedrooms with full baths and a large upstairs den that once was a third upstairs bedroom. The home’s kitchen is deceptively large, with a massive island that contains a vegetable sink, a 4-burner Viking cook top with a griddle and a big stainless KitchenAid commercial refrigerator. There are two sinks and two dishwashers in one corner, and the walk-in pantry is just around another corner in the kitchen service area, which has a Northland commercial refrigerator that can be used for large gatherings. The kitchen also has a stainless double oven topped by a DCS microwave. Back in the master suite, a wide custom corner fireplace is near a sitting area with lots of custom windows. The master bath is long and wide, with a 6-foot whirlpool tub, custom vanities and a big closet behind the vanity wall. Above the three-car garage, there’s a functional bonus room that currently serves double duty as a gym and an office. Meanwhile, a custom security system monitors the entire property with cameras, perimeter alarms and motion detectors. Also, a massive generator powers the whole home, ensuring the lights won’t ever be out more than 12 seconds. The generator e_SEnD it looks like it’s big enough to have saved the day at the Super Bowl e_SEnD has two power sources: a natural gas line and a 1,000-gallon propane storage tank on the property. More than 500 feet of copper gutters and downspouts easily handle runoff from the home’s slate ridge-capped roof, and “every window in the house is upgraded,” the owner said. And finally, a Total Connect smart home system allows the homeowner to control the lights, alarm and other functions of the home from a smart phone.