Originally built in 1950, the Cape Cod style home at 1152 Ingleside Drive gets something new every year. Lovingly cared for and immaculate, the home has been updated regularly with the latest materials and styles. What hasn’t changed is its timeless appeal.
Ingleside Drive is an old Baton Rouge street lined with decades-old live oaks, four of which cross this home’s front yard. A circular drive weaves between the oaks up to the home’s brick entry.
A custom stairway in the foyer leads to the second floor, which has large bedrooms with dormers front and back. To the right is the living room, a beautiful space with floor-to-ceiling windows that view the front yard. Like all the other rooms, the living room is freshly painted, bright and immaculate. A marble fireplace at the end of this long room is flanked by more wood windows.
A cased opening leads into the formal dining room, which is connected to the kitchen via a unique swinging door with a glass panel. Flooring here and in most other rooms is the original narrow-planked oak.
The kitchen has one of the most unique floors I’ve seen. It’s ceramic tile that has been specially finished to look like big stained concrete squares. The owner explained that a special epoxy is used to achieve the look. Grout lines are filled on every fourth 12-inch tile, making the floor look like big leathery squares. It’s an amazing finish that is durable and easier on the knees than stained concrete.
Granite is on the long kitchen counter tops, and the stainless appliance package includes a SubZero, a four-burner Jenn-Air cooktop with a griddle, double wall ovens, an icemaker and lots of painted cabinetry.
“Every year we do some kind of changes,” the current owner said. “Lights, color, it’s a never-ending process.”
A small keeping room/breakfast room is between the kitchen and a wall of windows to the back yard. An oak-floored loggia runs from this keeping area across the back of the home, which has French doors and a wall of glass to the gardens and courtyard out back. At the end of the loggia, down three steps, is a brick den, which has a wall of built-ins and an entertainment center.
Behind the den is the master suite, with a big sun room at its entry. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in lots of natural light, and it’s the perfect spot for a cup of coffee and the Sunday Advocate’s Homes section.
The master bedroom has antique pine floors and double arched doors into the slate master bath. Double marble vanities – one with a makeup desk – are in the master bath, along with a 6-foot whirlpool tub below a window. There’s also an oversized corner shower and a master closet with an exit to the garage. Talk about saving steps on the way to the car every morning!
Back on the other side of the home, an office with bay windows to the tree-lined street has more of those beautiful original oak floors.
Out back, meanwhile, a wide back porch has an outdoor kitchen with a grill and a cook top. The porch overlooks a private outdoor dining room under an arbor with special lighting…a romantic spot for two or a cozy spot for a dozen guests.
Perfect for entertaining, the back yard is surrounded by a tall brick fence with a flagstone courtyard and a fountain wall at the center.
If you’d like to see this beautiful home for yourself, Jerry del Rio and her team will keep it open today from 2-4 p.m.
About this Home
1152 Ingleside Drive
100 x 150 feet
4,659 square feet
Four full, one partial
Jerry del Rio
Engle & Volkers