The gazebo overlooking the home at 23990 Ferry Landing Drive is a virtual compound within a compound in Harrell’s Ferry Landing, an exclusive development off 4-H Club Road in Denham Springs.

The mansions on the other side of the gated entrance to Harrell’s Ferry Landing let you know you’ve arrived at a pretty nice place. But when you arrive at this property and see the towering French Chateau on the other side of yet another wrought iron entrance gate, it hits you. This 14-acre compound — this “Camp David of Denham Springs” — is one special property.

We’ll start with the property itself: a manicured stocked pond with a gazebo and deck are just inside the wrought iron entrance, and a concrete driveway meanders up to the residence. Out back, there’s a natural paradise visited each day by deer and other wildlife. An iron fence surrounds the cleared portion of the acreage, which is home to ancient oaks and pines, and the home sits high above it all. Three waterfalls splash into the gunite pool, which is next to the outdoor living room’s stand-alone fireplace. A covered outdoor kitchen has granite counters, a beaded board ceiling and a package of Bull outdoor stainless appliances. All of the cleared part of the property is irrigated, which explains the pristine condition of the lawn and landscape. There’s also a 36 x 28 foot detached workshop.

A massive 11-foot entry door welcomes guests inside the home, straight into the great room. The ceiling here soars to 23 feet, and a second floor king’s balcony from the game room/bonus room overlooks the tall stucco and granite fireplace. Inspiration for the unique king’s balcony came from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” courtesy of Disney World. Windows across the back wall offer a view of the backyard paradise, and a balcony hallway is open to the great room and foyer.

A dining area with a fireplace in a brick accent wall leads from the great room to the keeping room and kitchen area. The kitchen has an irregular shaped center granite island with a hammered copper bowl sink. A farm sink with instant hot water is on the granite counters below exquisite cabinetry faux finished by Daina Tate. Lighted transom cabinets are located above. There’s also a 5-burner stainless GE Profile cook top with a pot-filler and a commercial Viking oven.

Homes at this price point must have top quality premium amenities, and this residence does not disappoint. The exterior walls are 6-inches, plumbing fixtures are the finest available, the lighting package is from Delgado’s, and there’s a natural gas generator to keep the lights burning when the power goes out. “As perhaps one of the nicest homes I have seen in this area, it also undoubtedly has the highest level of forethought and planning, which of course equates to conveniences to the homeowner,” said Ruthie Golden, who is marketing the home for Pro-Sold Realty.

Meanwhile, the master suite on the other side of the home seems fit for a king. With a 23-foot-tall ceiling edged by a private loft, this soaring master bedroom is actually taller than it is wide. A spiraling staircase in one corner leads to the loft, which contains a private spa that overlooks the back of the property. There’s also an exit up here to a centered outdoor veranda that connects on the other side to the game room. The bedroom has a fireplace and television cove, and the flooring of choice is heart pine. The master bath has cast iron bowls on dual vanities, and a big whirlpool tub is below a pair of stained glass corner windows. There’s a triple walk in shower with body sprays, and a big closet that wraps behind one of the bathroom walls. The second floor has the game room and two more bedrooms, each with its own bath.

It’s hard to do justice to this one-of-a-kind Denham Springs property with a few pictures and 750 words or less, but fortunately the owners have agreed to hold an open house today. Viewing is from 2-5 p.m. (Saints fans, the game doesn’t start until 7:20 p.m.). It’s not often that homes like this are kept open, so my suggestion is — with apologies to Neil Diamond — pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone go see this fabulous property.


Address: 23990 Ferry Landing Drive

Lot size: 14 acres

Living area: 4,740 square feet

Bedrooms: Four (plus study, office, hunting

room, and game/bonus room)

Baths: Four full, two partial

Price: $1,799,000

Marketing agent: Ruthie Golden, Pro-Sold Realty