Classical Italian on Richards Drive

Symmetrical arches and limestone courtyards are a trip back to Old Italy in the tall, classical Italian style home at 7811 Richards Drive in Jefferson Place. Built out of bricks and bathed in stucco, the home is a reminder that elegance and quality never go out of style.

The classic Al Jones design stands tall on a large lot near the end of Richards Drive. Guests are welcomed to the home by a pair of curving sidewalks that wrap around the sides of an ivy-walled fountain and continue up to a limestone porch.

Mediterranean and Italian influences are evident throughout, with symmetrical arches and limestone columns in feature locations. Two pergolas and two loggias – an interior one in front and an exterior one in back – magnify the theme of arches in the home.

Entry to this home is directly into the front loggia, which has a guest suite with a full bath hidden behind a mirrored wall at the left end. The formal dining room, with a magnificent antique crystal and bronze chandelier, is at the other end.

The living room is ahead, and features limestone floors, a faux-finished fireplace mantle, arched custom cabinetry and French doors with beautiful sunset transoms facing the pool and courtyard.

A swinging door from the formal dining hall leads to a butler’s pantry and eventually into the kitchen.

South American mahogany planks floor the butler’s pantry, the kitchen, the keeping room and the breakfast room. Stained kitchen cabinetry nicely accents some of the faux finishes around this big family area, which is the heart of the home. The kitchen has a paneled SubZero to match the cabinetry, as well as a unique gas/electric combination cook top on a long, granite center island. There’s also a Dacor double oven and a breakfast area with a 28-light wood window to the pool courtyard and rear loggia.

The keeping room at the end of the kitchen has big wood windows and custom cabinetry flanking a fireplace. The cabinetry has sliding doors, which means the wet bar with a wine refrigerator on one side and the entertainment center on the other side can be closed off when not in use.

The master suite is big, bright and airy, with a bay wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and two sets of French doors to the pool allowing views outside and natural light inside.

The double master bath has more limestone floors, marble counters and a mirrored wall with a closet behind. One side of the double bath has a walk-in shower, and the other has a Jacuzzi tub below a big column and wood windows.

Behind the bath is a gym, a secure gun closet, a crafts closet and a computer nook.

Up on the second floor, two bedrooms each have a full bath, and a game room/bonus room sits in the center. There’s actually even a third floor, which is home to a game room.

There is a pair of two-car garages – one is air-conditioned with two hydraulic lifts – and a workshop. A one-bedroom apartment is located above the garages, and has its own exterior stairs for an entrance.

The home has a whole-house generator for power outages, and the drainage and gutters along the clay-tile roof are copper.

The landscaping is lush and sprinkled, and just about every spot in the home constitutes “a room with a view.”

And finally, a tall concrete wall wrapped in stucco surrounds the property, which has a gated entrance on the right side leading back to the garages and parking spaces.

An adjoining lot can be purchased separately from the house.

About this home

Address: 7811 Richards Drive

Lot size: 126 x 176 x 168 x 172 feet

Living area: 6,806 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Four full, one partial

Price: $2,795,000

Marketing agent: Quita Cutrer,

Burns & Co. Realtors

Contact phone: 225-413-8874

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