NEW ORLEANS, LA - This exquisite Colonial mansion literally takes the breath away as one approaches the home up the long circular drive dotted with towering shade trees, with the vast grounds spread out before it like an emerald ocean. Tucked away on a private street, with rear views overlooking the New Orleans Country Club Golf Course, this stunning home feels like an oasis in a world apart from the bustle of the city yet is conveniently located a mere 15-minute drive or less away from Uptown, Downtown, French Quarter, City Park and the airport.
Built from 1920-22 by Moise Goldstein, it was one of two houses designed by Edith and Edgar Stern at Longvue House and Gardens. The home was moved to its present location in 1938, onto a sprawling acre and a quarter corner lot on Garden Lane. Notably, the home has appeared in several films, including Trumbo, Ricochet and Once Upon a Time.
Dramatic Doric columns grace the exterior of the home, lending it an air of classic Southern grandeur, balanced by the warmly welcoming shade of the large covered porch. Park-like grounds in the rear of the property offer extraordinary views, with plans for landscaping around the patio and pool designed by René Fransen and the pool designed by Reed Richardson.
Renovated by Michael Carbine and replete with every amenity, this special home combines Old World charm and modern comfort and is perfect for both formal and informal gatherings.
Immediately upon entering the home, the gracious foyer enchants with high ceilings, crown molding, wallpaper imported from London, England and a timelessly elegant black and white marble floor.
Handsome double archways lead into a bright and spacious salon, brilliantly illuminated by a wall of French doors opening to the astonishing grounds, patio and pool, with views of the verdant golf course beyond.
A magnificent Neo-Classical French marble mantle and wood-burning fireplace immediately captures the eye upon entering the large, gorgeous formal living room, which boasts ample space for entertaining on a grand scale, as well as the opportunity to create smaller, more intimate seating arrangements. Other special touches found in the living room, as well as throughout the home, include the gleaming hardwood floors, specialty “one touch zoned” lighting by Lutron and custom art lights, of which there are 32 throughout the first and second floors.
The powder room is beautifully painted with a specialty wash paint by Gretchen Howard and features exceptional details such as a designer sink and faucet.
The expansive formal dining room stuns with a glittering crystal chandelier crowned by a pretty plaster medallion, a very fine cypress mantle with ivory marble framing the fireplace, beautiful paneled wainscoting and room for a banquet table. A trio of French doors provides mesmerizing views.
A cozy cypress paneled library with an acanthus leaf motif fireplace and mantel and glass doors opening onto a stately columned side porch, a large meeting room with flagstone floors and French doors opening onto the grounds and an enormous office with twin chandeliers, handsome beamed ceiling and parquet floors complete the formal rooms.
The spacious gourmet eat-in kitchen opens to a breakfast area and large den. Amongst the kitchen’s numerous amenities are a large honed granite island and vegetable sink, Downsville cabinets, Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate Sub-Zero freezer, Wolfe range and Dacor double convection ovens, microwave, warming drawer and dishwasher. A butler’s pantry off the kitchen with limestone counters and bar contains tremendous amounts of additional storage, plus a 550-bottle wine cooler.
The spacious breakfast area has plenty of room to accommodate a full-sized table for casual dining.
Light streams into the huge den through numerous French doors overlooking the phenomenal grounds and gardens. Wired for surround sound, the den provides an ideal place for relaxation and entertainment.
Additional features of the home include an elevator with access to all three floors, a downstairs sound system, commercial grade phone system with intercoms, including to front door, business high speed WIFI and wired internet and a Sonitrol security/fire system.
The luxurious master suite includes a large master bedroom with French doors opening onto a private terrace, offering an arresting view of the grounds and rolling terrain of the golf course beyond. Other amenities include two separate dressing rooms, one of which is paneled with cypress and boasts a fireplace, two sumptuous marble baths and a huge closet.
A beautiful central hallway also connects to an office and to an additional four bedrooms and three baths on the second floor. One of the large en suite bedrooms has a handicap accessible shower. A back stairway completes the second floor.
The sprawling third floor offers an enormous game room, an upstairs den, three additional bedrooms, a full bath, hobby/storage room, cedar closet plus additional attic space. Elevator access to all three floors means that this could easily be a private suite.
Extraordinary fenced park-like grounds dazzle with panoramic views of the gorgeous golf course. Lushly landscaped, these truly special grounds offer multiple terraces, porches, gardens and other spots to enjoy the outdoors, as well as an opportunity to entertain at a level usually only enjoyed on country estates. A sparkling swimming pool accented with fountains, a patio perfect for soaking in the sun, half-court basketball and tennis court and a huge storage closet complete the outdoor amenities.
The impressive circular drive is augmented by a two-car garage, with room for 18 parked cars altogether.
Other amenities include a full house generator that also runs hot water to the entire house, six independent central air and heat zones, copper gutters and chimney covers and a sprinkler system for the yard and garden. Property is completely fenced on three sides.
For more information, please contact Eleanor Farnsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.669.0211