The home at 312 Woodeigh Drive is a true Acadian style home sitting high atop a hill along a five-acre lake in The Highlands, an exclusive subdivision just across from the Highland Observatory. Nestled on two lots totaling 2.6 acres, the home is at the end of a private gated driveway and offers the finest in south Louisiana lakefront living.
The lake, stocked with bass and lined with beautiful cypress trees, is owned by the five property owners along the private driveway. According to the current owner, every major room in the home has a view of the lake. Two front porches totaling nearly 400 square feet are perfect vantage points for lake watching.
This timeless home has a one-year-old cedar shake roof lined with copper gutters. Because of its location on the hill, the home has a climate-controlled basement that could be used as a “mancave,” an exercise room or workshop. The current owners have also used the 546-square-foot basement as a storm shelter when the weather turns dicey.
Because the home’s front elevation faces the lake, the driveway winds around back to a two-car garage. The elevated front porch leads into a foyer with a staircase running up one side. Flooring much of the home’s first level is fabulous, two-inch-thick heart pine planks. To the right of the foyer is an office with a wall of built-ins, and to the left is the formal dining room. The dining hall, like the rest of the home, has double-hung Pella windows.
A swinging door leads from the dining room into the kitchen, which has Mexican tile floors and salvaged beams that cross the ceiling and into the nearby breakfast area. The kitchen has beautiful cypress cabinetry matched perfectly by a paneled SubZero. The owner has not updated the Formica kitchen counter surfaces, choosing to let the new buyer have that choice. The price allows for upgrades to the kitchen and other areas of the home, according Gary Fontenot, broker/manager of Realty Executives South Louisiana.
The keeping room adjacent to the kitchen has a big 36-light picture window and a French door exit to the porch. The nearby living room is a comfortable, inviting space with a wood burning brick fireplace that is currently fitted with gas logs. The living room has a wall of windows to a beautiful copper-screened porch with an old brick floor and a board ceiling with crossing beams.
An enclosed breezeway with picture windows on either side provides access to the master suite near the back of the residence. The master bedroom has French doors to its own private porch overlooking the lake. Built in 1984, this home has a center whirlpool tub and a walk-in shower separating two vanities, which is still a popular setup today. It’s not a huge master bath by today’s standards, but it is functional and attractive. The bonus is there are two nice closets with built-ins.
Meanwhile, a hallway behind the kitchen leads to a guest suite and full bath, then on to the two-car garage.
Two bedrooms connected by a Hollywood bath are upstairs. The bedrooms could be better described as “bedroom suites” because each has a separate attached room and a full bath.
Location, privacy, acreage and a beautiful Acadian style home make this a premier listing off Highland Road.
About this Home
312 Woodleigh Drive
657 x 357 x 650 (2.6 acres)
3,569 square feet
Realty Executives South Louisiana