A soaring great room, a fabulous pool courtyard and what could be the best LSU Tiger game room we’ve ever seen await visitors to the home at 19316 Bellerive Court in Santa Maria.

This French style offering impresses from the get-go, with ceilings in the great room soaring to 25-plus feet. Huge windows line the back wall of the room, providing an excellent view of the pool and courtyard.

The special LSU room is above a four-car garage in back of the home, and features a full bar/kitchen with a refrigerator, an icemaker, a microwave and a sink. The room also has two sets of French doors exiting onto a balcony overlooking the pool. A spiral staircase at the end of the balcony steps down to the outdoor living area, which also has a masonry fireplace.

A hot tub is at the end of the pool, and four lion-head fountains splash into the water. There is extra green space behind the pool on this rare half-acre Santa Maria lot, and two more cars can be garaged on the side of the home.

Back inside, the formal dining room is interesting as it floats off the great room. There are three open walls with wide corner posts, and the fourth wall is mirrored.

Flooring the great and dining rooms is ceramic tile. In the front area of the home, a guest suite has its own full bath.

The master suite is in back, where another gas fireplace in the bedroom keeps things warm in winter. Counting the outdoor living space, there are five fireplaces in this residence.

The master bedroom has hand-scraped wood floors and views of the courtyard. The long master bath has two entrances on either side leading to vanities. In the middle are a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub and a double-sided shower. The master closet, too, has a pair of entries and stretches behind the back wall.

The kitchen and keeping rooms are floored in stained and scored concrete. Granite slabs top the split level island and granite tile is on the kitchen counters.

Appliances include a 5-burner gas cook top, a double wall oven and a microwave. A corner sink faces the keeping room, which has a granite tile fireplace and stairs to the big LSU game room above the rear garage. The room is currently filled with LSU memorabilia, but since there’s a full bath up here as well as the bar and fireplace, and exterior access via spiral stairs, the room could be converted into a teen-ager’s apartment.

A covered porch also overlooks the pool courtyard, and behind the pool and outdoor fireplace is a nice yard for kids or pets. The pool area is a serene setting with brick planters and lots of mature, manicured landscaping. The home has a sprinkler system and exterior lighting for nighttime drama.

It all adds up to an excellent venue for entertaining indoors and out.

Meanwhile, the main second story of the home is separate from the LSU game room side. The main upstairs has two more bedrooms with a Hollywood bath. One of the bedrooms is currently being used as an office.

This interesting and beautiful Santa Maria home will be kept open today from 2-5 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to see it.