With a 200-year-old entry door from Paris, a colorful kitchen door from Morocco, antique double study doors from Columbia and counter tiles from Mexico, visiting this elegant Santa Maria home is like a virtual trip around the world. The home’s architect, Greg Roberts, personally delivered the massive Parisian front entry door from a French apartment building to 19141 Bellerive Court, and then surrounded it with some of the finest materials and craftsmanship available in Baton Rouge.
The amenity sheet is long for this home, built in 2008 in a private cul-de-sac in the “Chapel in the Grove” area of Santa Maria. Sitting tall on the lot, the 5,185-square-foot French style residence has lots of interior brick, both on the walls and floors. When you take the six brick steps up to the front brick porch and through the massive entry door, you immediately know you’ve arrived at a special place.
Flooring is heart pine and old brick, giving the home a warm, inviting feel. The “French Riviera” atmosphere behind the home includes a saltwater gunite pool with fountains, an outdoor living room with a freestanding fireplace wall, and a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen with a JennAir grill, a refrigerator, a sink, and hand-painted Talevera tiles imported from Mexico on a two-level bar. Surround sound is pumped outside to the pool paradise, and for that matter through the rest of the house as well. The owner reports that having parties with 100 or more guests is no problem.
And out of those 100 party guests, half of them might fit into the home’s gourmet kitchen. With an arched brick cove housing a 6-burner Wolf cook top with a griddle and pot-filler, this huge heart-of-the-home kitchen easily accommodates a 12-foot granite island with a hammered copper vegetable sink at one end. A big SubZero refrigerator and matching freezer are also there, as is a beverage center with a refrigerator and icemaker. A beautiful ceramic farm sink with an apron sits below an absolutely unique and fascinating faucet with a spring-loaded vegetable sprayer. The kitchen cabinetry is distressed, and travertine backs the counters. The cabinets blend seamlessly into the matching distressed crown molding lining the ceiling.
Also, a massive antique cypress beam frames the kitchen from the keeping room and corner breakfast area, and a 12-light iron fixture hangs above the island. The kitchen’s big walk-in pantry has a unique, colorful door from Morocco. The keeping room has a masonry fireplace and the breakfast area has corner windows to the pool.
The master suite also has a big window to the backyard paradise, as well as a marble bath with distressed cabinetry to match the kitchen. A huge travertine double shower has water sources on both ends, and sits near the 6-foot Jacuzzi tub. There is but one closet, but what a closet it is. It has a center granite dresser with additional dressers and shoe shelving on opposite sides, as well as a wall ironing board. His vanity is nice, while hers of course is larger and has a wall heater for cold winter mornings.
A hallway behind the kitchen leads to the oversized laundry room and broom closet, a drop-off area, a computer nook, the second driveway exit, and the exit to the home’s big 2-car garage. There’s also a guest suite with its own full bath. Both bedrooms upstairs also have their own full baths, and there’s a large gym, a bonus room and a media room upstairs to go along with the bedrooms.