Just south of Walden off Kenilworth Parkway is a quiet, gated community known simply as “The Pond.” The homes are upscale and the lifestyle is laid back. The tall country French home at 936 E. Hart’s Mill Lane in The Pond is now available, presenting a golden opportunity to get into this exclusive south Baton Rouge neighborhood. There are but 26 other residences in The Pond, located near the end of Baird Drive just before it turns into Walden Road. And yes, there is a pond in The Pond. It’s stocked with fish, and it’s available to all who reside there.

The East Hart’s Mill Lane home is built around a private pool courtyard with a tall ivy-covered wall, making it a very private residence in a very private subdivision. The home has two master suites and a home office, as well as a floored but unfinished second floor that could be made into an apartment or media room. The current owner uses the home as a “downsizer,” if you can call nearly 3,800 square feet of living area downsized.

Eight-foot interior doors, tall baseboards and generous use of antique heart pine planks from an old Galveston warehouse give the home a warm, family atmosphere, perfect for gatherings large or small. The entrance is up several stone-lined steps from the lane in front. A tall stone chimney is in front, and a tall gas lamp illuminates the walk.

Inside, the foyer leads to the formal dining room on the left and a hall to an oversized study with its own fireplace. The formal dining room has a big window to the front yard as well as a tall swinging wood door to the butler’s pantry, where has travertine counters are below glass-front cabinets. On the other side of the butler’s pantry is the kitchen, an elegantly useful spot with a long travertine slab island and matching counter tops. Custom antiqued cabinetry lines the walls in double rows to the ceiling. There’s a four-burner gas cook top above a double oven, a microwave in the island, a double dishwasher and windows to the pool courtyard. The adjacent keeping room also views the courtyard and is also floored in more of the old warehouse pine floors. A guest bedroom and bath is just down the hall from the kitchen and keeping room.

Meanwhile, master suite No. 1 – the one being used as a master suite – has custom built-in bookcases and a view of the pool. The master bath got lots of attention from the designer: it’s a large place with two entries, one for his side and one for her side. Separating the two sides are a 6-foot air bubbler tub and an oversized walk-through shower. Her side, of course, has the bigger vanity with a makeup desk and two custom mirrors. There are also two separate master closets, making it nearly impossible for a couple to get in each other’s way.

Behind the master bath are a small gymnasium and a crafts/sewing room with a staircase to the unfinished second floor. The second master suite is being used as a game room, with three windows to the pool. The bath here has a stone tile floor and a claw-foot tub.

The outside spaces really shine in this home. Tumbled bluestone floors the L-shaped back porch, which merges into the outdoor kitchen. Here you’ll find concrete counters, a Viking grill, a stainless sink, a two-burner gas cook top and a refrigerator. The gunite pool has a round hot tub at one end. And last but not least, the home is equipped with a Generac generator that kicks on automatically when the lights go out.

Henry David Thoreau may never have lived on this Walden pond, but now a new owner gets a chance to experience the privacy and serenity it offers.


Address: 936 E. Hart’s Mill Lane

Lot size: 90 x 160 feet

Living area: 3,794 square feet

Bedrooms: Four

Baths: Three full, one partial

Price: $925,000

Marketing agent: Danna Strange, RE/MAX Professional

Contact phone: 225-937-0636