Just 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge, Lacewood is a 5,614 square-foot home on 58 acres in the rolling hills off La. Highway 10 east of St. Francisville. The home sits high on a bluff and overlooks woods and Alexander’s Creek.
Once a part of the sprawling Rosedown Plantation, the property now neighbors the historic plantation off Highway 10. If you’re familiar with the area, it is some of the hilliest and most uneven ground in our area. Forested areas have low-lying creek beds snaking through the bluffs, which make great elevated home sites.
And this home takes great advantage of its spot up on one of those hills. The views are spectacular, particularly now that leaves are changing colors and falling. An irregular-shaped gunite pool is located behind the house and has wooded views on three sides.
The home is set back off Highway 10, down a winding gravel driveway. When you round a curve in the driveway, the timeless home comes into view. The home is uniquely custom, sort of a mix between country French and Acadian styles, with a tall, peaked roofline. Live oaks dot the manicured landscaping, and the rest of the 58 acres is heavily forested.
A beach area along Alexander’s Creek makes a good picnic spot, according to Lisa Landers, the RE/MAX Professional broker marketing the home. A two-bedroom, two-bath guest house is also located on the grounds, she said.
Most of the first level of the home has stained and scored concrete flooring. The master suite, down a short hall from the foyer, is elegant with big corner windows to the back of the property. The master bath has concrete floors, an oversized walk-in shower and a big corner whirlpool tub below a leaded-glass window. A huge master closet is behind one whole wall in the master suite.
The home’s formal dining room is just to the right of the foyer, and the home office on the right side has a fireplace.
The kitchen has 3cm quartzite slabs on the countertops and center island, which has a five-burner DCS gas cooktop. Viking supplies a microwave/steam/convection oven above a regular oven in a kitchen wall. Painted cabinetry is as elegant as it is functional. Some of the cabinetry has glass fronts, and the top row of cabinets is lighted. Kitchen drawers are the cool self-closing kind.
A hammered copper farm sink is at one end of the kitchen, while a similar prep sink is on a beverage counter. But the neatest kitchen feature has to be the four rustic rolling barn doors that hide the pantry and a stainless Viking refrigerator. These rustic barn doors are a repeating theme in the home.
A nearby breakfast room has views of the pool courtyard and forest out back, and the nearby guest suite has a bedroom and full bath. The rest of the home’s six total bedrooms are upstairs, along with two baths and a large space that could be used as a game room or an upstairs living room
A cypress cased entry leads into the great room, where five exposed cypress beams cross the ceiling. A corner fireplace is next to more rolling barn doors that conceal an entertainment center.
Meanwhile, the home’s outdoor spaces are fabulous, including a pavilion that contains an outdoor living room and an outdoor kitchen with a DCS grill, burner and mini-fridge. This covered area overlooks the woods and the pool courtyard.
Two steps down, just on the other side of the pool, is a masonry firepit surrounded by brick seating. It’s the perfect setting for s’mores or a glass of wine on a chilly fall night.
About this Home
12881 La. Highway 10, St. Francisville
5,614 square feet
Four full, one partial
Lisa Landers & the Landers Team