Just off Perkins Road near the Pennington Biomedical Center, Moss Side Place is one of the city’s most exclusive established subdivisions. The timeless homes sit on massive lots, and the location couldn’t be better. The home at 6673 Pikes Lane is a prime example of how an older home can be updated and renovated, capturing the best of today and yesterday.
Just about every one of the home’s 6,851 square feet has been renovated. There’s also a new roof, three new tankless hot water heaters and five new air conditioning units.
The front elevation features massive live oaks that frame the tall five-bedroom traditional style brick residence, giving it a stately presence from Pikes Lane. And while the home has “only” five bedrooms, the possibilities are endless with a game room, a library, a study, a gym, and a walk-in air-conditioned attic.
Flooring in the home is original and beautiful, from the old bricks in the foyer, living room, kitchen, passageway and butler’s pantry to the antique pine and slate tile in other areas. From the foyer, guests can turn right into the home’s formal dining room or head straight down a short hall across a narrow loggia to the living room, where a masonry fireplace has a 2-inch granite tile hearth. Lining the loggia is a wall of bookshelves and cabinetry. Windows and doors lead out back to the brick courtyard and the large, lush back yard.
The home’s kitchen has lots of surprises, including very unusual stainless steel counter tops. That’s correct: Counter tops made of stainless steel. What better way to match the commercial grade Wolf gas cook top with four burners, a griddle and a grill? There’s also a big SubZero side-by-side, an icemaker and a warming drawer. Another surprise is there’s a second dishwasher and sink, a wine refrigerator and a refrigerator in a true butler’s pantry behind the kitchen. The counters here are topped with 3cm Rojo marble.
The master suite is floored in heart pine, as are two additional nearby bedrooms with their own baths. The master bedroom is flanked by the home’s study, a large room with a marble fireplace. The bedroom has a separate fireplace with the same marble. But the master bath is the highlight here: A large double shower has two showerheads as well as a handheld unit and a steam shower with a transom. The master bath is bright and airy, with two private marble vanities, several wood windows and an air bubbler tub. Yet another surprise in the bath is a second laundry room, and a coffee bar with a refrigerator and sink. The final treat comes in the master closets. Open the door and all you see is cabinetry, some of it with glass fronts. All storage and hanging spaces are closed off by cabinet doors. As far as I can see, it would be impossible to keep these closets messy.
The home’s main laundry room — which has its own big Frididaire side-by-side refrigerator — is near the stairway to the upstairs over the three-car carport. Just down a hall is a second study, a corner room with lots of windows that could also be used as a sun room. Up on the second floor are a huge game room that is plumbed for a kitchen, and an almost-as-big exercise room that could be split into two rooms. A separate upstairs part of the home contains two more bedrooms that share a Hollywood bath.
It’s a rare find on a huge lot in an exclusive Baton Rouge neighborhood.