You can bring your horses to eight acres surrounding a 4,567-square-foot country home in Pride, where the good country life is close to the city. The home, located at 24243 Riley Road just inside the northern parish line, features bamboo flooring and wide open spaces inside and out.

The mostly brick, one-story home is in the middle of an 8-acre hay field with a pond in back. The home, which might best be described as a contemporary farmhouse, sits elevated above the hay field and did not flood back in August.

Guests drive down a long driveway and walk up six brick steps to the front door, which has sidelights and a transom above. Inside the foyer, a sea of bamboo flooring spreads into the home’s living areas. The living room, located off the foyer to the right, has the first of the home’s two brick fireplaces, this one with built-ins on both sides.

Left of the foyer is the home office, which could be used as a fifth bedroom. The home has wide hallways, all floored in blond bamboo planks. The den, which spreads out across the back of the home, is a huge space that has built-in cabinetry in the two far corners. French doors and a wall of windows overlook the back of the property.

The kitchen and breakfast room make up another large area near the center of the home. The kitchen’s long granite bar and island face the breakfast room, which has windows to the back. The remodeled kitchen features painted cabinetry and stainless appliances by DCS. Included are a 5-burner gas cook top below a custom hood, a microwave-over-oven wall combo and a wine refrigerator located in the island bar. This kitchen has lots of painted cabinetry and upgraded light fixtures.

The bathrooms in the home are also upgraded with glass bowl sinks and granite. The home’s color palette is in the gray and white family that is so popular today. These colors give the home a bright, airy feeling.

The home’s main hallway leading from the 3-car carport has three bedrooms, two full baths and a very large laundry room, evidence that this home was designed for function as well as flow.

The master suite, located at the other end of the house, is massive at 30 x 20 feet. In fact, it takes up the whole south wing of the home. At one end of the master bedroom is the home’s second brick fireplace. The fireplace, which has a rounded brick hearth and a painted mantle, can make even this large bedroom seem warm and cozy. A massive tray ceiling spans much of the bedroom.

On the way to the master bath are two closets on either side of a short hall. Both have built-in dressers and hanging space for days. The master bath is large as well, with an oversized whirlpool tub as its centerpiece. The tub, located below glass blocks, separates two vanities topped with granite. Bowls and fixtures are upgraded. An open walk-in shower with multiple water sources including a rain-head is on the right side of the bathroom.

A large curving patio is out back, overlooking the pond and hay field.

If you’d like to see this beautiful country chic home for yourself, it’s just a few minutes north of Central. C.J. Brown’s Janet Schwartz will keep it open today from 2-4 p.m.

About this Home

Address:

24243 Riley Road, Pride

Lot size:

300 x 1,111 x 311 x 1,247 feet (8.05 acres)

Living area:

4,567 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Three full

Price:

$548,500

Marketing agent:

Janet Schwartz,

C.J. Brown Realtors

Contact phone:

225-939-5887