The home at 8520 Cariole Drive blends traditional style with Spanish influences, creating a unique and elegant offering in Carriagewood Estates near Tiger Bend Road. The custom residence is the latest offering from Manchac Homes.

The front elevation of the home showcases a tall, whitewashed brick exterior. Guests enter via a wood exterior door, not into the home but into a nice garden courtyard. The next door gets you inside. When you first walk in, your eyes are immediately drawn to the soaring 24-foot ceilings in the foyer and the custom wrought iron staircase that runs up the right side wall.

Immediately left is the home office with a built-in credenza and cabinets opposite a massive, 24-light window. The Birchwood flooring in the office stretches throughout most of the first floor.

The kitchen is next in the main living area of the home. “Brown Fantasy” granite in 3cm slabs tops the counters and the center island, which has a microwave and a double undermount sink. A five-burner Frigidaire Gallery gas cooktop is below a custom hood.

Some of the custom kitchen cabinetry has glass fronts, including a large glass-paneled cupboard that could be used as a second pantry. The first pantry is in the space below the staircase; it’s a walk-in with a beautiful wood door with a seeded glass panel.

Next up in this large family space is the formal dining room, which has a large 8-light chandelier and three big windows to the side of the house. In fact, upgraded light fixtures are located throughout the home. A big antique beam sits atop a pair of whitewashed brick columns, providing delineation between the formal dining room and the living room.

The living room is in back, with a gas fireplace and three more windows to the back yard. A small patio is back here, stubbed up for gas and plumbed for water and drainage to accommodate an outdoor kitchen.

The home is painted in a light color scheme for a clean, fresh look. Eight-foot interior doors in dark paint contrast well with the light walls and tall ceilings. There’s also a mudroom/drop-off area near the exit to the two-car garage. The garage is extra long on one side, meaning the owner could have a workshop/storage area, or room to fit that big Nissan Titan pickup inside the garage.

Just off the kitchen, a hallway runs from the master suite in the back of the home to the powder room in front. The master bedroom has a ceiling fan and two windows that view the back yard. More Birchwood is used on the floors in the master bedroom, and tile is used in the master bath.

Double doors lead into the bath area, a contemporary space with cool under-cabinet ambient lighting. An extra-wide five-foot soaker tub is below a window on the left side of the bath, while an oversized walk-in shower has two water sources: a regular head and a rain head that drops from the ceiling. The master closet has lots of built-in shelving and hanging space, and connects conveniently to the home’s laundry.

The landing at the top of the custom wrought-iron stairway could be used as an upstairs living room or a library; it’s totally up to the new owners. Two bedrooms are upstairs, connected by a Hollywood bath setup.

One last thing that should be mentioned: Carriagewood Estates homeowners have access to neighborhood lakes, which have been stocked with bass.

About this Home

Address:

8520 Cariole Drive

Lot size:

50 x 120 feet

Living area:

2,584 square feet

Bedrooms:

Three

Baths:

Two

Price:

$450,000

Marketing agent:

Sharon Vennen

KDK Capital Region Realty

Contact phone:

225-202-0084