Nestled in a small private subdivision near the intersection of Perkins Road and Hood Avenue, the home at 3828 Blakeridge Ave. blends French country charm with an easy style that beckons visitors to sit back, relax and pass a good time. Standing tall and elegant, the home is in Southdown Gardens, an exclusive development that is home to but 26 residences on the edge of Southdowns. Four green common areas are shared by the residents, and one just happens to be right behind the Blakeridge Avenue home.

A single gas lamp guards the entry to the home, where custom amenities shine in just about every room. Every window in the home is dressed in plantation shutters, every piece of cabinetry is custom made, baseboards are capped and 10-inches tall, custom speakers and controls are in every room (including the garage), and the narrow antique heart pine floors are reclaimed from an old plantation home. Straight ahead from the entry is the family room, where the first of the home’s two stone fireplaces is flanked by custom cabinetry with granite counter tops.

A set of stained French doors lead to the back cypress back porch, which is absolute proof that you don’t need a huge yard to have quality outdoor living space. The porch, floored by stained and scored concrete, has the home’s second stone fireplace, perfect for cool winter evenings. The porch’s ceiling makes interesting use of 6-inch planks, spaced to give the appearance of beaded boards. The soothing sound of moving water dances onto the porch from a rock waterfall flowing into a gunite hot tub out back. A stainless sink and Bull grill with an extra burner sit on a slate and stone counter in the outdoor kitchen, which is topped by a heavy arbor. This slender slice of paradise makes great use of the allotted outdoor space.

Meanwhile, back inside, the formal dining room is illuminated by a 12-light chandelier. Triple crown molding is in the dining room, as in most all rooms downstairs. According to the owner, a built-in butler’s bar near the keeping area makes for a nice coffee bar in the morning and a wet bar for soirees in the evening. The kitchen is clean, bright and functional with a 9 x 4 foot island topped by a single 3cm “Kashmire” granite slab. Stainless KitchenAid appliances include a refrigerator/freezer, a four-burner gas cook top with a griddle and oven, and a two-drawer dishwasher. The island contains a wine cooler, a microwave and a warming drawer. Painted custom cabinetry has glass fronts, and three four-light windows view the cypress screened porch from the kitchen. Travertine backs the counters.

The master suite is situated on the other side of the first floor, along with a custom home office that has a wall of built-ins, plus another L-shaped wall of custom wood shelving, cabinets, file drawers and workspaces topped by granite slabs. The master bath has “Breccia Oninciata” marble and custom mirrors on side-by-side vanities, a 6-foot whirlpool tub and a big travertine shower. The master closet has lots of space, all enclosed within glass-front cabinets for a clean, uncluttered look.

Upstairs, two bedrooms are connected by a Hollywood bath. The special feature up here is a mirror-walled home gymnasium. The home was designed to have space for five bedrooms, but the owner chose instead to have three bedrooms, a large office and the upstairs gym. And don’t overlook one last important amenity: there’s a never-ending supply of hot water thanks to two tankless water heaters.

The home will be open today from 1-5 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful Southdowns residence.


Address: 3828 Blakeridge Ave.

Lot size: 65 x 105 feet

Living area: 3,478 square feet

Bedrooms: Three

Baths: Three

Price: $719,500

Marketing agent: Nancy Kemske, Pro-Sold Realty

Contact phone: 225-281-3859