It’s not that often that property becomes available in Sunnyside Plantation in the Plains just outside Zachary, so if you’ve been wanting to get in on some of the nicest acreage in the parish, check out this three-story colonial on Portwood Lane. Surrounded by five acres of rolling hills and more than 40 mature pecan trees, the home at 23434 Portwood Lane is located in what locals call the “Pecan Orchard.”
With a massive front porch and equally wide veranda, the home has a commanding presence from Portwood, even though the front yard is about two acres deep. And with lots of antique pine and interior brick, the home is as warm as it is large. With 6,357-square-feet of living area, this home is most certainly large. All totaled, the home has five bedrooms and more than 10,000 total square feet.
A winding gravel driveway meanders across the front two acres up to a paved parking lot and brick sidewalk to the front porch. Inside, a sea of 12-inch-wide antique pine planks are in the foyer, the formal dining room to the left and the formal living room ahead. The planks are all in one-piece lengths, with no seams visible. This builder’s home also has heavy crown molding, 14-inch capped baseboards and 12-foot ceilings.
The master suite is the only bedroom on the first floor. The second floor has four bedrooms with two full baths, an upstairs living room, a sitting room and a game room. The sitting room has an exit to a wide rear veranda, where there’s a fantastic view of the back three acres of the pecan grove. On the third floor is a large theater room, wired and ready for equipment and furniture. The home is on a post-tension slab and has 6-inch exterior walls, as well as a security system and 8-foot antique pine interior doors. All the windows are wood, from Marvin.
Back in the living room, the focal point is a ventless gas log fireplace with a granite tile surround and tall wood mantle. Behind the living room is the sun room, which has glass walls to the back yard. A wood deck stretches the length of the back of the house.
The kitchen is floored in Old St. Louis brick, and so are accent brick walls and brick arches that frame the keeping room and breakfast room. Cabinetry is antique pine from the same stock as the floors, and an “Uba Tuba” granite island is in the center. The appliance package is stainless, and there’s a double stainless sink. The keeping room has a gas-log fireplace with masonry to the ceiling, which is made of antique pine planks with massive exposed antique pine beams. A short hallway behind the kitchen contains the home’s library, a half-bath, a utility/pet room and another exit to the back porch.
The master suite features a huge bedroom with a cypress eyebrow window set from floor to ceiling. The bedroom also connects to the library. The master bath connects in back to the long laundry room, and the huge master closet is has a “Tropical Brown” granite island dresser surrounded on all sides by hanging space. Two tall mirrored dressers in the closet have lockable drawers for jewelry.
This beautiful property, inspired in part by Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, represents a great opportunity to get into the Pecan Orchard in the Plains. And it’s not as far from Baton Rouge as you might think. Down U.S. 61, it’s only about 25 minutes from downtown.