Classic Style on Moss Side Lane

Moss Side Plantation is one of the city’s great old subdivisions with large live oaks and timeless homes. Situated on a .85-acre lot just off Perkins Road between Essen Lane and College Drive, the 6-bedroom home at 5553 Moss Side Lane has exquisite heart pine floors and more than 5,200 square feet of living space. This classic southern home blends Acadian and Old New Orleans style into an inviting retreat in the heart of town.

Moss Side Lane curves off of Perkins Road near Quail Drive, and lots of classic homes are located on the streets that branch off Moss Side. Lots of interior brick and wood are included in this home, built in 1983. The home has stood the test of time quite nicely, and needs only a minor update here and there. Visitors cross an elevated brick porch and step through double leaded glass entry doors into a long and wide foyer hall. The flooring is wonderful old heart pine cut into 13-inch wide planks.

The home has an open, unusual layout that puts the master suite off the foyer and the formal dining area in back. The family room, ahead from the foyer, has exposed beams and more of the warm heart pine flooring. Lots of interior brick is used in this home, and several rooms are accessed through arched brick walls. The big family room has a masonry fireplace with an arched masonry wood box. Near the stairs to the second floor is a long, curving copper bar. The stairs actually pass below an arched brick wall that connects to the bar. A wall of windows views the shaded back yard and a gunite pool.

The kitchen and dining area have old brick floors, and the dining room is a lovely setting with a wall of windows to the back yard. A total of 54 lights are in the three tall windows in the formal dining room. Crown molding and baseboards are stained wood.

In the kitchen, an oversized Sub-Zero refrigerator has panels that match the stained cabinetry. More old brick is used to create a tall arched cove for the cook top, and double wall ovens are in a nearby brick wall. The island and counter tops could use new surfacing, allowing the new owners to customize the kitchen to match their own tastes.

The master suite is huge, with a big sitting room that has an exit to the front porch. Another masonry fireplace with an arched wood box is in the master bedroom. But perhaps the most unique spot is in the Mexican tile master bath, where a sunken whirlpool tub, a clawfoot tub and a shower are located in a separate wet area behind leaded glass. The laundry room is at one end of the master bath.

Three more bedrooms and two full baths are up the custom staircase on the second floor. Out back, there is a covered and elevated brick porch overlooking an angling gunite pool. Three fountains pour into the pool from a brick platform at the far end. A brick courtyard at the end of the covered porch has a hot tub. The lush back yard is completely fenced, and there’s a pool house in the three-car garage.

If you’d like to see this beautiful Moss Side Lane home for yourself, it will be kept open today from 2-4 p.m.

About This House


5553 Moss Side Lane

Lot size:

138 x 212 x 179 x 224 feet


Living area:

5,221 square feet




Five full, one partial



Marketing agent:

Dee Sutherland,

Pro-Sold Realty

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