This is a home that literally takes your breath away - it looks like you've stepped into Scarlett O'Hara's old Southern plantation house Tara in the movie Gone with the Wind.
One Garden Lane was designed and built in 1922 by architect Moise Goldstein for Edith and Edgar Stern on the original site of what is now Longue Vue Gardens. It was moved to its present location in 1938 and given an extensive renovation in 2004 by Michael Carbine.
"Each of its many, many rooms has breathtaking views of its magnificent gardens," said Brooke Arthurs, the listing agent with Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors. "Plus, the home has an excellent floor plan with gorgeous large rooms for entertaining and a great open kitchen and den."
The home opens into a black and white marble floored entrance foyer which leads visitors into the grand salon and out to the terraces. The salon has three pairs of French doors which allow light to fill the room and offer views of the rear terrace and the rolling terrain of the New Orleans Country Club golf course.
"This is a most stately dining room with a magnificent crystal chandelier and it easily accommodates a banquet-sized table with room even for an additional supper table," said Arthurs. "There's also a handsome cypress mantel with ivory marble surrounding the fireplace and it also has paneled wainscoting."
There is a large elegant living room with a pilastered antique French mantel and a fireplace. The library is most peaceful and reading-inducing since it's paneled in cypress with an acanthus leaf motif fireplace and another mantel. It opens onto a private columned side porch and a brick terrace with lush plants in a small formal garden.
"It's wonderful how the library is connected to the game room by a large office with twin chandeliers and a beamed ceiling," aid Arthurs. "There are also four large paned windows which offer great views of the gardens and lots of light."
As might be expected in such a gorgeous home conducive to entertaining, the kitchen is to die for. In the center, is a large honed granite island with a vegetable sink. There are Downsville cabinets, a large Wolfe range, Dacor double ovens, a sub-zero refrigerator and separate sub-zero freezer, a Dacor dishwasher, microwave and a warming drawer. Even with all this, there's a 550-bottle wine cooler and ice-maker in the butler's pantry.
The second floor, the family quarters, contains a large central hallway leading to a master suite opening to a roof terrace with more spectacular views of the gardens and golf course.
"There's also a separate dressing room, beautiful bath and large walk-in closet," commented Arthurs. "There are four other bedrooms up here - one of them with a roll-in shower to accommodate handicapped needs and a cozy office."
The third floor is a house in itself. It includes three bedrooms, a children's den, a large game or pool room, a bath, a cedar closet, a storage room and lots of additional attic space.
"There's 2,181 square feet of additional living space up here," noted Arthurs, "and since there's an elevator, this could easily become its own private suite."
This house has all the desirable features that New Orleanians so love in their homes. Floors throughout are either flagstone or wide wood, there are plenty of cypress mantels, there are 32 custom art lights throughout the first and second floors, there's a one-touch zoned lighting system and there's a surround sound system in its den.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a large columned Colonial home on over an acre of gorgeously landscaped grounds," "It also overlooks the lovely New Orleans Country Club golf course."
Photos courtesy of SNAP Real Estate Photography.
Angela Carll may be reached at email@example.com or 504-947-6575
- Address: One Garden Lane in Old Metairie
- Lot size: 1.22 acres
- Living area: 10,272 square feet
- Bedrooms: Eight
- Baths: Four full/One half
- Price: $4,995,000
- Extras: Gorgeous pool, lighted basketball half court and a tennis backboard
- Marketing agent: Brooke Arthurs, Latter & Blum Inc./Realtors
- 504-866-02785 (office) • 504-259-8311 (cell)
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