Standing stately and tall on the corner of McCarroll Drive and Bocage Boulevard, the palatial French style home on Lot No. 1 in Bocage is fit for a king. With nearly 8,600 square feet of custom living space arranged in three stories below a slate roof, the Al Jones design is one of the top offerings available in Baton Rouge today. “The whole thing is incredible,” said Ann Mullins, who lists primarily upscale homes for C.J. Brown Realtors. “Everything’s custom. Everything’s done to the ultimate.”
The residence has a total of six bedrooms, and any one of them could be the master bedroom in most homes. The homeowner went to great lengths to set this home apart. The home flows gracefully over 12-inch antique pine floors, and the stone and slate used are the real thing – heavy and substantial. The island and counter tops in the kitchen, for example, are 7cm granite slabs instead of the 3cm granite used in other luxury homes. Interior and exterior slate tile is used extensively, but this tile is more like two-inch-thick slate slabs.
There’s lots of painted interior brick – much of it in arches used between rooms and to frame loggias – and lots of natural stone and exposed beams. The living room has a stone fireplace and custom stone molding. Exterior doors are 2-inch custom mahogany with iron, and those inside are custom hand-hewn Alder wood. Exposed beams cross the kitchen and keeping room, and a guest bedroom has exposed ceiling trusses like you’d see in a Swiss chalet.
Back in the kitchen, the granite island has refrigerated drawers to keep cold things handy, along with a big SubZero for storage. Custom Italian tile backs the thick granite counters, and a 6-burner Wolf oven with a griddle tops the stainless appliance package. An additional kitchen with double ovens, a wine cooler and a refrigerator is in the back of the laundry room, which also has room for two washers and two dryers. The extra kitchen is for the really big soirees and cotillions. The layout of the home is natural for entertaining, and parties with 150 or more guests have been accommodated. The living space wraps around a fabulous slate courtyard with a heated pool and spa across from a custom fountain. There’s an outdoor kitchen, a cabana with a fireplace and a playhouse, all illuminated at night by low-voltage lighting.
The master suite is extraordinary, with a cove ceiling and a curved bay wall of Marvin windows to the courtyard. The his-and-hers bath suite has separate areas connected by a center steam shower with a rain head. Her bath has a showcased soaker tub at one end, a vanity and a makeup desk. Each side of this elegant bath suite has its own closet, and hers is amazing. Everything is enclosed in tall rows of glass-front cabinets, each one illuminated by can lights.
A custom, curving foyer staircase leads to the second floor, as does a second staircase near the kitchen. There are three upstairs bedrooms –each with its own bath suite – as well as a big theater room with floor lighting and elevated seating. Up on the third floor is another bedroom, a playroom and a bathroom.
Maintenance is at a minimum in this home, with a slate roof, an all brick exterior and Hardiplank eaves. Surrounded by brick and iron fence, Lot 1 in Bocage is one of the most impressive residences Baton Rouge has to offer.
Address: 7666 Bocage Boulevard
Lot size: 180 x 200 x 170 x 200 feet
Living area: 8,598 square feet
Baths: Seven full, two partial
Marketing agent: Ann Mullins, C.J. Brown Realtors