Lake breezes and West Indies style

Sitting tall on a hill overlooking
University Lake, the home at 3101 East Lakeshore Drive blends a West Indies style with a warm south Louisiana personality. Relaxing on the second floor gallery looking through louvered shutters at the pool courtyard and lake, you’ll feel like you’re always on island time. The slate-roofed house actually sits on two lots, making room for a big side yard shaded by a massive live oak.

The front elevation shows a tall West Indies residence with operating louvered shutters above an immaculate terraced landscape with white walls. A tall ivy wall surrounds the rest of the property, with a gated driveway on one side.

When you walk up the flagstone steps and through the arched door that opens into the pool courtyard, imagine how calypso music would mix with sounds from the spa waterfall splashing into the gunite pool. With these sights and sounds, what a setting for entertaining!

The private courtyard has an outdoor granite kitchen where top notch appliances and a wine refrigerator provide everything needed for an island-themed party.

The outdoor living room’s masonry fireplace and a quiet cove at the other end of the pool are perfect for relaxing evenings in the fall.

“Whether it’s hot, warm or cold you can find something wonderful to do in this courtyard,” said Renee Town, the RE/MAX Professional agent marketing the home.

Three arching French doors with beautiful sunset transoms lead from the courtyard inside the home, floored almost entirely in dark-stained pine floors. Once inside, you’re in a massive room that contains, from left, the living room, a dining area and the kitchen.

The rest of the home stretches behind the kitchen and up on the second floor. There are but three bedrooms in this 4,694-square-foot home, but all of them are worthy of master status. The biggest is downstairs and the other two are on the second floor.

The living room has a huge fireplace with a 6-foot-6 mantle, and views through the French doors of the courtyard.

A full bar topped by a big sunset transom has glass-front cabinetry and granite counters, as well as two more wine
refrigerators, an icemaker and a hammered copper sink. Separating the dining area from the kitchen is an oval 3 cm granite island with a prep sink. The stainless appliance package in the kitchen includes a big SubZero, two dishwashers flanking a double sink, a commercial grade 6-burner gas cook top with a griddle and double ovens, a warming drawer and a microwave-over-oven combo in a tall painted brick wall.

Three steps up from the kitchen, a hallway leads back to the living quarters. The home office is to the left, with an arched exit to a brick porch along the side yard.

On the right is the downstairs master suite, which has a corner marble fireplace and operating plantation shutters covering French doors to the courtyard. The focal point of the travertine master bath is a 6-foot Jacuzzi with a huge walk-in shower behind the tub wall. His and hers closets are at each end, both with elaborate marble dressers and cabinetry.

Nearby are the laundry room (there’s another one upstairs), the powder room and an exit to the three-car garage. A whole house generator keeps things going when the power goes out.

Upstairs, there once were three bedrooms, but a redesign has resulted in two big master suites. Now, the baths up here are huge and have big walk-in showers as well as soaker or whirlpool tubs. An upstairs den with an exit to the gallery separates the two bedrooms. The front bedroom also has an exit to the gallery, which has incredible views of the lake and pool courtyard.

With a stunning West Indies style home like this, who needs to travel to the Caribbean?

Statistics

Address: 3101 East Lakeshore Drive

Lot size: 182 x 145 x 129 x 151 (two lots)

Living area: 4,649 square feet

Bedrooms: Three

Baths: Three full, one partial

Price: $1,995,000

Marketing agent: Renee Town, RE/MAX Professional

Contact phone: 225-337-2140