A dozen century-old live oaks stand guard around the picturesque home at 6921 Highland Road south of LSU. The home, designed by Remson Haley Herpin Architects and built by Newt Ogden in 2005, is the definition of Southern charm and elegance in Baton Rouge.
A driveway circles the live oaks in front and brings visitors up to a wide wrap-around porch with 10 heavy white columns. The front entrance opens to beautiful antique heart pine flooring in the foyer and a view straight through the home into the living room, which has a coffered ceiling and French doors to the back.
Massive flagstones are used to floor the kitchen, keeping room and breakfast room, all with views out back. The kitchen island features a four-burner Wolf gas cooktop below a custom copper hood. Oak cabinetry is perfectly matched by a paneled SubZero, which is just across from stainless double wall ovens. The kitchen has a massive appliance garage above a warming drawer, and an angling granite bar is topped by stained wood and backed by limestone.
Huge corner windows frame the breakfast room, and a wood plank ceiling with antique exposed beams traverses the whole area. On one end of the keeping room is a wall of built-ins, including an entertainment center.
A butler’s pantry with Honduran mahogany glass-front cabinetry is on the way to the formal dining room, which has a massive crystal chandelier and antique heart pine floors. A big utility/crafts room and a half-bath are along a hallway to the home’s two-car garage. Interior doors are 8-foot, and the home is serviced by a central vacuum system.
A vestibule with a dramatic floor-to-ceiling wood window is located just outside the master suite, which is this home’s private retreat from the cares of life. French doors provide views from the bedroom cove outside, and huge master closets are outfitted with dressers, cubbies and lots of hanging space.
Multiple uses are possible for a room just outside the master suite; it could be a nursery or an office, or it could be used the way the current owners use it: a home gymnasium.
The marble master bath has a dressing area with two vanities and a separate makeup desk. In an adjoining room are a walk-in steam shower and a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub below windows dressed in plantation shutters.
At the base of the custom staircase is a tall wine closet with refrigerated storage, and up the custom stairs, two more bedrooms share a Hollywood bath. Each upstairs bedroom has a dormer, and so does the Hollywood bath.
Meanwhile, the rear of the home received special treatment. Just outside the living room is an outdoor living room. Floored in flagstone tiles, the outdoor living room has a television cove and excellent views of the saltwater gunite pool with a fountain at the far end.
A separate deck back here houses the outdoor kitchen, and a curving brick patio is surrounded by lush landscaping. In the very back of the property is a half-acre stocked pond edged on the back side by a bamboo garden. On the side of the home, a portico entrance makes rainy days more fun, and a workshop invites the home handyman.
About this Home:
6921 Highland Road
252 x 690 x 223 x 751 feet (4 acres)
5,247 square feet
Three full, two partial
C.J. Brown Realtors