The French style home at 121 Shadows Bend Drive in the exclusive Highland Shadows subdivision may have more than 4,700 square feet of living area, but it has the warmth and style of a cozy country cabin. Some million-dollar homes can feel like a hotel lobby, but there’s none of that here. Warm heart pine and Old St. Louis bricks on floors, walls and ceilings are the order of the day.

Sitting tall on a large lot, the home also has an outstanding lighting package with switched doors and dimmers everywhere. The combination of wood, interior brick and great lighting can’t be overstated.

The 5-bedroom custom home also has 8-foot interior doors below 12-foot ceilings, surround sound, and custom windows. A big, private back yard has lots of grassy space for the kids, but the highlight is the sparkling gunite pool and Pennsylvania Bluestone patio surrounded by a wrought iron fleur-de-lis fence. The fleur-de-lis is a recurring feature here on fireplaces and stained glass windows.

The layout is classic: formal dining with a butler’s pantry to the right of the entrance, a guest wing to the left, the living room ahead and the kitchen, keeping and breakfast rooms behind the living room. A short hall with a bathroom, the laundry room, and a home office with a granite desk leads to the 2-car garage.

There are two separate upstairs sections: one with a bedroom, bath and sitting area, and the other with two bedrooms each with its own bath and a media room that overlooks the backyard paradise.

The living room has a pair of French doors to the back porch, and a faux stone fireplace by Daina Tate, who faux finished all the cabinetry as well. The sunny breakfast room is surrounded by three walls of windows, and it is delineated by antique beams that frame the kitchen.

The kitchen setup has a crescent shaped split-level island of “Copper Canyon” 3cm granite with a double stainless sink and a wine refrigerator. The appliance package is Viking commercial, including a 6-burner cook top with a griddle in a wonderful, wide brick cove with a pot-filler and designer tile. A big chandelier illuminates it all.

On the other side, the keeping room is warm and cozy with the home’s second fireplace and brick hearth, flanked by built-ins on both sides. French doors provide access to the patio here.

And what a patio it is. Three waterfalls cascade from a stack stone wall into the pool, and a fountain bubbles up in a shallow cove. There’s also a Viking outdoor kitchen, with a refrigerator. A wrought iron fence surrounds the pool and patio, and a privacy fence surrounds the rest of the green space out back.

The master suite is special, with more heart pine flooring and four windows to the back yard. The bath, of course, is opulent. The focal point is a 6-foot air bubbler tub below a fleur-de-lis stained glass window. “Toffee” granite tops a pair of vanities, hers with an adjacent makeup desk. The two master closets are huge, with lots of hanging space and shelving. The cabinetry and the dresser drawers below are faux finished. There’s a walk-in shower in the back with dual water sources, including a rain head that falls from the ceiling. Travertine is the flooring of choice, and more upscale lighting is featured.

There are only 17 homes and lots in Highland Shadows, located off Highland Road between Bluebonnet and Gardere Lane. It’s an elegant subdivision with a fountained entry that offers an upscale lifestyle not far from LSU and Essen Lane. Fortunately, you have a chance to see this beautiful home for yourself: it will be kept open from 1-3 p.m. today.


Address: 121 Shadows Bend Drive

Lot size: 97 x 240 feet

Living area: 4,761 square feet

Bedrooms: Five

Baths: Five full, two partial

Price: $1,175,000

Marketing agent: Susan Roshto Miller, Jerry de Rio Re al Estate

Contact phone: 225-931-9175