Deceptively large and decidedly upscale, the home at 2101 Parker St. in Hundred Oaks is one of this area’s finest residences. Warmth and welcome radiate from this home, inviting everyone to come inside and relax.
The home sits on two and three-quarter acres in Hundred Oaks Farms off South Acadian Thruway, convenient and close to LSU, Downtown and just about everything else in the city. Perched high atop a hill with a dramatic drop-off for a rear yard, this traditional style offering presents a rare chance to get acreage right in the heart of town.
The home, built in the 1960s and renovated in 2008, is immaculate and interesting. Guests approach the unassuming front elevation of the home without a clue about the drama they’ll see once inside. The front entry is actually on the second level of the home. An elevator – plus two sets of custom stairs – takes visitors down to the first level.
The first level is no “basement,” but contains a media room and a home office with a wall of built-in cypress cabinetry. The property, which has a beautiful pond with a fountain among century-old live oaks, backs up to Dawson Creek.
A vaulted pavilion houses a full outdoor kitchen as well as an outdoor living room with a masonry fireplace. A slate courtyard overlooks the pond and surrounding green spaces.
Back up in the main home, beautifully stained antique wood reclaimed from a barn in Iowa is the flooring of choice, while countertops are 3cm Calcutta Crema stone. The home has wide open spaces and large rooms designed with entertaining in mind. There’s plenty of room to spread out in nearly 6,000 square feet of living space.
The home has three fireplaces inside, plus the one in the outdoor living room. There is both a living room and a great room, the former with a wonderful curving window to the front yard. The great room is just that. It is nearly 70 feet in length and contains a gathering room, an informal dining space with its own wet bar, and the kitchen.
The kitchen has a 10-foot island and high-end appliances from Wolf, Bosch and SubZero. The home is big but manages to keep a warm, cozy feeling thanks to generous use of wood. Antique beams cross the ceiling in the great room and other areas of the home. Lots of windows allow in plenty of natural light.
The breakfast room is in a corner near the kitchen and has two intersecting walls of windows with fabulous views of the back yard. The home’s elevator is near this breakfast area and takes you down to the ground level. Inside, there are a media room, an office and a long sun porch.
Back on the south end of the house, the master suite is a peaceful sanctuary with more great views out back. On the way to the master suite, though, you’ll pass three bedrooms, each with special features and a full bath.
The master bedroom has the home’s third interior fireplace. A wide rolling barn door is the entry to the master bath, which is roomy and perfectly executed. At the far end is the shower room, complete with two rain-heads and a hand-held unit. A slipper tub is situated in a cove below a window across from twin vanities. The vanities are separated by an entry to a long closet behind the vanity wall. This master bath has a clean, contemporary look.
Copper gutters and slate ridge caps are just two examples of the quality craftsmanship in this beautiful home. It’s a great illustration of how older Baton Rouge homes can become timeless classics.
About this Home
2101 Parker St.
Irregular (2.75 acres)
5,976 square feet
Five full, two partial
Jennifer Oliver, Burns & Co.