Just off Highland Road near the BREC park, the home at 438 Highland Trace Drive is a tall, custom affair. The French traditional offering impresses immediately with a soaring 22-foot ceiling in the living room, then follows it up with 3,582 square feet of south Baton Rouge luxury and style.

The home sits nine slate steps up on an elevated lot. Inside, the foyer opens on the left to an octagonal-shaped formal dining room with tall windows and a corner china cabinet, all topped by a copper roof. Glance to the right of the foyer, though, and your eyes will be drawn way up to the tall living room ceiling. This great room, illuminated by three arching French doors to the rear porch, has a massive gas fireplace and custom stairs to the balconied second floor. The fireplace surround is “Café Olinda” granite, and the wide wood mantle is flanked by glass-shelved bookcases with an elegant mother of pearl tile backing.

The primary flooring on the home’s lower level is stained and scored concrete, although slate floors the kitchen and keeping room. An angling split-level island has slab granite with a gas cook top. The flush mounted kitchen cabinetry is painted, nicely accenting the granite island and countertops. Backsplashes are travertine with granite inserts, and appliances include a big stainless SubZero and a GE Profile double oven. Between the kitchen and the living room – and servicing both – is a granite bar with an icemaker and a sink. The keeping room has views of, and an exit to, the back porch.

A beaded board ceiling and fans are on this wide porch – the perfect spot for quiet evenings or coffee with the morning paper. A Koi pond with a splashing rock waterfall is on the edge of a large brick courtyard. A tall stand of cane serves as an amphitheater to echo the soothing sounds of the rock waterfall. Seasonal flowers provide color, and tall oaks and other trees shade most of the back yard.

Meanwhile, the home’s master suite is upstairs, which some people may not like. But unless you have some physical ailment that prevents you from using stairs, the setup works great in this home. Two bedrooms are downstairs, but bedroom No. 2 is upstairs at the opposite end of the balcony hall from the master suite. It’s perfect for a nursery arrangement, and when the kids are older, they can be replanted downstairs at the opposite end of the home. The two downstairs bedrooms are serviced by a full bath, and the other upstairs bedroom has its own full bath. The balcony hallway, floored in oak planks, has two lighted art coves in the wall.

The master suite has cork flooring, an attractive and unique choice that the current owner loves. French doors connect the master bedroom to the study, which opens on the other side to a “man cave.” The master bath is floored in limestone tile with granite inserts, and there’s a corner soaker tub below a window dressed in plantation shutters. The corner shower has a rain head and handheld wand. “Black V” marble slabs top the two vanities, and hers has a makeup desk. The master closet is large, with a tall dresser in the center.

Finally, the home’s two-car garage extends in back to a boat port. No need to unhook the boat…just back all the way in. There’s also a good-sized workshop. The home also has a post-tension slab, three high-efficiency HVAC units and wiring for surround sound.

With an interesting and thoughtful layout, this beautiful home is an excellent property off Highland Road south of LSU. The home will be open today from 2-4 p.m.


  • Address: 438 Highland Trace Drive
  • Lot size: 95 x 165 feet
  • Living area: 3,582 square feet
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Baths: Three full, one partial
  • Price: $575,000
  • Marketing agent: Jerry del Rio, Jerry del Rio Real Estate
  • Contact phone: 225-218-0888