The mansions on Highland Road between Lee Drive and Kenilworth are fabulous, of course, but there are also some very nice properties in nearby University Acres, one of Baton Rouge’s prestigious older neighborhoods near LSU.

South of the LSU campus and within walking distance of Highland Elementary, the home at 667 Nelson Drive is a unique gem nestled in the back of University Acres. Privacy is at a premium in this home, where 4,618 square feet of renovated luxury is nestled on two large lots, with a 745-square-foot guest/pool house out back. The home is more than 40 years old, but don’t let that fool you. Modern conveniences blend seamlessly with the original charm of the home.

“It’s like living in a new old house,” said Jenny Waites, the agent marketing the home for Burns & Co. Realtors. “It’s what everybody wants.”

The home sits atop a hill on Nelson Drive, but it doesn’t have a commanding presence from the street. In fact, a brick sidewalk that winds uphill to the home is the primary feature of the front elevation. But make no mistake; the landscaping is immaculate, like it was groomed with a razor. A square hedged courtyard with a sugar kettle fountain splashes in front. When you step across the front brick porch, antique pine flooring greets you in the formal dining room, and you quickly notice the home’s original hardware and cypress interior doors.

“Every bedroom in the home has something special,” Waites said, including a bathroom. The former builder’s home has four air conditioning units, meaning that each bedroom also gets its own thermostat, she added.

The kitchen has custom painted cabinetry and a big L-shaped split-level bar topped with “Tropical Brown” granite slabs. Travertine backs the granite counters, and there’s a butler’s pantry with an icemaker. A big GE Monogram paneled refrigerator matches the cabinetry, a 6-burner Viking cook top is for the cook, and a double stainless undermount sink makes cleanup easy.

Massive cypress beams frame the breakfast room and keeping room, both with fabulous views of the pool, patio and guest house out back. “The indoor/outdoor relationship of this home is phenomenal,” Waites said. The windows across the back walls are primarily two-lights, which makes the outdoors even more inviting.

The home is constructed via pier and beam in the living areas, and the master wing sits atop a concrete slab. Step down a level and through double doors into the private master suite, and you’ve arrived at your own retreat from the world. With views out back, the master bedroom has heart pine flooring that gives way to travertine tile in the master bath. A massive corner Jacuzzi tub is near marble slab counter tops, a custom mirror is above the single vanity, and a glass walk-in shower has a rain head above. There’s a big closet in the bath, and a matching closet in the bedroom.

The living room serves double duty as the home’s media room, but you’d never know it unless you had the TV remote. That’s how the movie screen and high-def projector are lowered from their hiding places in the ceiling.

Up on the second floor, two bedrooms share a full bath, and a playroom is at the landing. The home has a massive laundry room, capable of holding two washers and two dryers. Surround sound is piped throughout the house, and even out back through flowerbed speakers.

The guest house/pool house has a full kitchen, a full bath, a wine closet, a vaulted ceiling and excellent views of the pool area. Surrounding the saltwater pool are cool decking and a custom cobblestone mosaic designed by Bill Roundtree. And in the very back, an air-conditioned 3-story playhouse is perfect for tea parties with the little princess.

Statistics

Address: 667 Nelson Drive

Lot size: 153 x 322 x 154 x 411 feet

Living area: 4,618 square feet

Bedrooms: Five

Baths: Four full, one partial

Price: $1,145,000

Marketing agent: Jenny Waites, Burns & Co. Realtors

Contact phone: 225-252-4623