The home at 830 Drehr Ave. is a glimpse into Baton Rouge circa 1923, sitting on four lots in historic Drehr Place in the Garden District. The home is updated, but retains most of its original materials and all of its original charm.
This beautiful and unique home features a clay tile roof, slate floors and a sweet southern charm that has been described as “Louisiana West Indies.”
The home has nearly a dozen arched entryways, adding to its character and appeal. Left of the foyer is the formal dining room, a beautiful space with a Waterford crystal chandelier and French doors that face the front of the home.
The home has a unique floor plan, but transitions easily and smoothly through the tall arches, nearly a dozen in all throughout the residence. The other nice thing about this home is that nearly every one of the beautiful old windows is dressed in plantation shutters.
Right of the foyer is the living room, with fabulous old narrow oak plank floors and a big fireplace at one end. At the end of the foyer is the original set of custom stairs to the second floor. A second set of stairs that begins back by the kitchen connects to the front staircase midway up.
A sunroom/home gym is on the back side of the living room and has its own fireplace, which is the back of the double-sided fireplace in the living room. A wall of glass allows views from the gym out into the side pool courtyard.
The pool courtyard is a tropical paradise with a saltwater gunite pool, a pool house and a wide deck. A tall sandstone fence surrounds it all, offering the utmost in privacy. On the back side of the home, a wide sandstone courtyard has a Koi pond with a clamshell fountain. This large courtyard is connected to the pool courtyard via a long covered porch. All this outdoor space is made possible because the house sits on four lots in the subdivision.
Back inside, the home’s den has a wall of built-ins and more plantation shutters all around. A hallway from this area has a full bath with original floors.
The kitchen connects to the formal dining room via a long butler’s bar with a wine refrigerator. Nearby is a cozy breakfast cubby with two walls of arched glass.
The home has excellent millwork and great attention to detail. That’s especially apparent in the kitchen, which has a massive SubZero refrigerator with panels that perfectly match the painted cabinetry. Countertops are Cambria quartz slabs, and the cooking unit is a 6-burner gas cook top from Wolf. Rounding out the kitchen package is a Bosch dishwasher and a Shaw double farm sink. Slate tile is on the floors and painted boards are on the ceiling.
The nearby utility room doubles as a drop-off area and has long folding counter, plus room for a freezer. The washer and dryer are neatly hidden in cabinetry.
Upstairs, a few steps up from the merger of the two stairways, there are three bedrooms, two baths and a study. The same original wood plank flooring is up here. Two of the bedrooms share a Hollywood bath setup, and the master suite is large but remains cozy.
An original glass pane door leads into the master bedroom, which has its own fireplace. The master bath is opulent with Walker Zanger marble floors, a unique 5-foot soaker/jetted tub combo, a frameless glass shower, and a vanity with a marble counter and backsplash.
About this Home
830 Drehr Ave.
100 x 150 feet
3,764 square feet
Three full, one partial