Some new homes follow the latest trends and fads, but when the trends fade and new ones emerge homeowners can find themselves chasing the newest thing. Homes like the one at 17835 E. Augusta Drive in the Country Club of Louisiana, however, have a timeless character that never goes out of style…see page 5.
Some new homes follow the latest trends and fads, but when the trends fade and new ones emerge homeowners can find themselves chasing the newest thing. Homes like the one at 17835 E. Augusta Drive in the Country Club of Louisiana, however, have a timeless character that never goes out of style.
I’ve said many times in this column that nothing warms a home like antique brick and wood, and this week’s CCLA home just proves that point again.
The home has 5,606 square feet of living space for its five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths. But those numbers don’t include the 1,500-square-foot guest house in the pool courtyard out back. Nor do they include thousands of square feet of covered porches and one of the largest pool courtyards in CCLA. In all, the home is more than 8,000 square feet.
But despite the size of this mansion, it still feels cozy as a country cabin…one that can accommodate parties with 350 guests or more.
“It’s a house that has to be seen to be fully appreciated,” according to the current owner. Built in 1995, the home looks today like it’s brand new with a European slate roof, copper drainage systems, heart pine floors (reclaimed from churches in St. Francisville), Pennsylvania Blue Stone courtyards and Pella casement windows.
It’s obvious that nothing but the finest was used in this residence. It’s also pretty obvious that entertaining was important to the original designer of the home. The entire first floor of the home flows smoothly from room to room through beautiful cased openings and crowns.
The pool courtyard out back has a huge gunite saltwater pool with three pumps that add skin-enhancing minerals to the water. Have some irritated skin? Just take a dip in the pool!
Over on the side of the home by the three-car garage is a pigeonniere like no other. This one is actually a refrigerated wine vault with copper-nailed cedar walls and all the wine racks you’ll ever need for your favorite bottles.
Most of the first level of this two-story home is floored in wide antique pine planks. The kitchen, keeping and breakfast rooms are floored in antique brick. The home has 6-inch steel exterior walls with concrete eaves along the roofline. The owner says the exterior of the home is virtually maintenance free except for the wood doors. The home sits on 1.17 acres along the fifth green of the CCLA golf course.
But the current owner says the golf course views are one way – out. “We have total privacy,” she said, because a tall brick fence surrounds the property.
Meanwhile, the kitchen is a chef’s delight with multiple ovens and a 6-burner gas cooktop, all stainless steel commercial setups from Viking. The refrigerator is a big stainless SubZero. Cabinetry is cypress stained in a warm tone.
Finally, the master suite has incredible views of the pool through an arched Pella window that makes it appear that the pool flows right up to the bedroom.
Upstairs are three more bedrooms, two baths and an upstairs living room. The 1,500-square-foot guest house – perfect for aging parents, a college student’s apartment or a nanny’s quarters – has a full kitchen with Viking appliances, a covered porch overlooking the pool, a slate roof and pecky cypress ceilings with exposed beams.
About this Home
17835 East Augusta Drive
5,606 square feet (plus 1,500 sf guest house)
Four full, two partial (plus guest house)
Julie Ballard Clark,
C. J. Brown Realtors