Like fine wine, the home at 7811 Richards Drive has gotten better with age. The towering Italian villa in the back section of Jefferson Place represents the ultimate in good taste. It just goes to show you that if you put the finest natural materials in the hands of expert craftsmen, the results will be spectacular…see page 5.
Like fine wine, the home at 7811 Richards Drive has gotten better with age. The towering Italian villa in the back section of Jefferson Place represents the ultimate in good taste. It just goes to show you that if you put the finest natural materials in the hands of expert craftsmen, the results will be spectacular.
Architect Al Jones used lots of limestone, stucco, marble and wood in this 3-story home, which sits high atop a hill at the end of Richards Drive. As you approach the home, two sets of limestone steps circle around a fountain carved into the side of the hill. The limestone continues in the foyer, which blends into a loggia cross the front of the home.
The first big surprise comes at the left end of the loggia, where a secret passageway wall opens into a private guest suite. At the other end, through an arched cased opening, is the formal dining room.
The home has lots of arched cased openings and windows with sunset transoms that add elegance as guests meander from room to room. Dentil crown molding lines the tall ceilings that stretch into the formal dining hall, which has a wonderful antique chandelier and arched windows that match the cased openings.
The kitchen, keeping room and breakfast area are at the heart of this large home, keeping it cozy and warm despite its size. Heavy 3cm quartz slabs top the center island and counter tops, which were all replaced in a recent renovation. A paneled SubZero perfectly matches the painted cabinetry.
New sinks and appliances from Wolf and Dacor are all part of a “total facelift” the home recently received, according to Nickie Jordan, the Amelia Fine Properties agent marketing the home. Pantry doors have a “no handles” look that contributes to the overall clean design of the kitchen.
The keeping room, meanwhile, has pocket doors on either side of a fireplace. One hides an entertainment center and the other conceals a bar. The breakfast area has big windows that overlook the pool courtyard.
A small anteroom acts as a buffer to the master suite, which has a wall of bay windows and French doors to the pool courtyard. The limestone master bath is really two baths in one. The first has a 6-foot whirlpool tub and a long vanity with a make-up desk below a custom mirror, while the second side has a steam shower and a taller vanity. A home gymnasium is adjacent to the bath, convenient for a quick shower after a workout.
Up on the second floor, two bedrooms each have a full bath. There’s also a big room that could be used as a bonus room or even a fifth bedroom. Up the next set of stairs to the third floor is a bonus room that could be a man cave or a theater room.
The main house is designed around a limestone pool courtyard with a pool, copper gutters and drainage, and immaculate landscaping. But there’s more. A one-bedroom apartment above one of the home’s two garages would be perfect for a student. The other 2-car-garage has a pair of hydraulic lifts for the “car person” in the family.
Jordan said the purchase price also includes a buildable lot. It’s a special home in one of Baton Rouge’s special neighborhoods off Jefferson Highway.
About this Home
Address:7811 Richards Drive
Lot dimensions:206 x 172 x 369 x 166 feet
Living area:6,806 square feet
Baths:Four full, one partial
Amelia Fine Properties