At the corner of Goodwood and Audubon Avenues, there’s a rambling ranch style home that seems to go on forever. If you drive down Goodwood, you really can’t miss it. The home, built in 1956, still has most all of its original material and has been lovingly cared for over the years.

The property has lots of local history, according to the owner’s family and Ann Mullins, the C J Brown agent marketing the home. Because the builder used steel beams in its construction, neighbors often used it as a shelter during hurricanes and other storms.

The house is vacant now, but the original terracotta and slate floors are still pristine, waiting to host more dance parties like the ones the owners used to have after LSU football games. The den, which has a corner bar and a masonry fireplace, was home to many an LSU game after-party, often with LSU coaches in attendance.

There was plenty of room for those after-parties, too. This rambling ranch has five bedrooms, four full baths and two partial baths in more than 5,700 square feet of living area. When you add the porches, storage rooms and pool house, there’s nearly 11,000 square feet of space.

While the home is mid-century contemporary, it’s not contemporary for today. The new owner will either love the retro look just the way it is or will want to rip it up and start over. Either way, the property sits on 1.5-acres of prime real estate in Goodwood Place.

Personally, I’m hoping someone falls in love with it just the way it is. The owner assures that everything works properly, including the appliances and a security system with cameras.

The home is a long drink of water, taking up much of the 200-foot-wide lot along Goodwood Ave. It’s perfect for entertaining, and the owner says 60 guests have been seated at dinner parties. Out back, there’s a gunite pool and a pool house with his-and-hers bathrooms and a cooking area.

Architecturally designed and built in 1956, the home was obviously a showplace during its day. If you like 50s retro, it’s a showplace today as well. The home has lots of interesting angles, twists and turns. The foyer features a planter with a wrought iron sculpture wall. To the right are the formal living room and dining hall, which is connected to the kitchen by a swinging door.

Back in the 50s, hallways were in every home. This one has a wide hallway leading left from the foyer to the private areas of the home, many of which are handicapped accessible. Like several areas of the home, the master bath was far ahead of its time. There’s a dressing room with closets and even a sunken tub. Hollywood bath setups may not have been as popular back then, but this home has an original.

The kitchen has four ovens, a massive SubZero refrigerator, an icemaker and a 5-burner gas cook top. The kitchen has all its original material, including Formica counters and cabinetry.

The home’s windows are all original, the cranking kind that requires a handle to be inserted to open them. Think the windows in your home will last 60 years and still work? The home has a 4-car carport with steel beam support. If needed, six cars can squeeze under the carport, the owner said.

About this Home

Address:

6745 Goodwood Avenue

Lot size:

210 x 200 feet

Living area:

5,780 square feet

Bedrooms:

Five

Baths:

Four full, two partial

Price:

$795,000

Marketing agent:

Ann Mullins,

C J Brown Realtors

Contact phone:

225-281-1196