Antique wood and brick have a way of warming a home, and the residence at 5926 Boone Ave. in University Acres has plenty of both. This tall offering is large but not overwhelming and stylish but not pretentious. It’s a warm, comfortable place where guests can feel right at home.
It’s one of those rare large homes – more than 5,500 square feet of living space – that still feels cozy as a cottage. When you drive up to the home, located off Highland Road south of LSU, you get the feeling that it might be something special. With amazing amenities and special features – like an elevator – your suspicions are confirmed. This home is special.
The first thing you see is the impeccable landscaping with brick walkways and a brick-and-iron courtyard in front. Inside the iron gate is a sugar kettle fountain on one side of the courtyard and a meditation garden on the other. Another special in front is a pergola that frames the two-car garage.
Inside, stained pine flooring is the primary choice. The pine is installed on sleepers, so the floor has that highly-desired hollow sound when heels cross. To the left of the foyer is the powder room and to the right is a home office with a wall of bookshelves on one side and cypress cabinetry on the other.
Floor-to-ceiling windows are hallmarks of this home, giving it lots of elegance and natural lighting. The home also has 10-foot interior doors, something rarely seen in residential construction. These tall doors have a tendency to make every room feel special.
Everything about this home is impressive – the rooms, the passageways, the cased openings, everything. Several areas of the home have massive antique beams crossing the ceiling or framing the passageways. In the living room, the beams elegantly coffer the ceiling. A custom stairway runs up the back wall, while a fireplace on the opposite wall is flanked by more floor-to-ceiling windows.
The elegant master suite is near these stairs in back of the home. More heart pine flooring is in the bedroom, as are more of the tall windows. The travertine master bath has dual marble-topped vanities, a 6-foot whirlpool tub, more floor-to-ceiling glass and a travertine shower with multiple water sources. The master closet takes up one entire bath wall and has lots of cubbies, dressers and hanging space.
Meanwhile, a wide butler’s pantry that connects to the kitchen has an icemaker, a beverage center, a prep sink in granite counter tops, and glass-front cabinetry. The kitchen has a Dacor coffee center with espresso and other coffee options, a big stainless SubZero, and a 6-burner Wolf professional cook top below travertine backsplashes and a pot-filler. Nearby is a Wolf microwave-over-oven wall combo. Rounding out this gourmet’s kitchen is a walk-in pantry with a 10-foot, light-switched door.
The nearby breakfast area and keeping room are cozy and within visiting distance of the kitchen. The keeping room has French doors that open onto a private porch with a fountain and slate courtyard. This whole area is floored in beautiful Old St. Louis bricks installed in a herringbone pattern.
Up the 21 steps in the custom staircase, the second floor is not a forgotten part of this home. The elevator opens right at the staircase landing, not far from the upstairs living room and a long game room. Two very large bedrooms are up here as well, and each has its own custom full bath.
Top to bottom, this home is inviting, stylish and warm.
About this Home
5926 Boone Ave.
83 x 121 x 81 x 136 feet
5,504 square feet
Three full, one partial
Burns & Co. Inc.