One of the most beautiful places in the U.S., Louisiana’s real estate market is dominated by Metro New Orleans. The Big Easy showed a rare real estate trend, ranking as one of only three metros where time spent on the market is now higher than it was in 2010, according to MarketWatch. Average prices, the number of homes sold, as well as total dollar volume have all grown year-over-year in Metro New Orleans, with Plaquemines Parish the one notable exception, per the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors.
As for the high end of the market, there’s no lack of luxury homes for sale in Louisiana. Whether it’s historic mansions on famed St. Charles Avenue, equestrian estates with plentiful acres outside Baton Rouge or waterfront villas on Lake Pontchartrain, the most expensive homes for sale in Louisiana right now offer up pools, spas and generous outdoor living space. Grand formal entertaining areas, wet bars and gourmet kitchen are a must for high-end hosting. There’s also famous former owners like Anne Rice, an Olympic-sized swimming pool nestled in natural rock and even the odd ghost or two.
As for the #1 most expensive home for sale in Louisiana right now, the 8-bed mansion takes up prime real estate in the French Quarter, boasting one of the largest courtyards in the neighborhood. It also frames far-reaching views of the city and features two bars and two wine rooms.
Asking price: $3,975,000
Just 6 minutes from the center of Youngsville, this quiet country retreat offers 8,000 square feet of recently renovated living space. Built in 2004, the main residence features dual home offices and master baths, two living areas, a wet bar, a walk-in closet and 9-foot ceilings. A more than 1,500-square-foot guest house comes with a private gym and storage for the avid hunter.
An outdoor living room complete with fireplace, a pool and a patio with fire pit offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors even in the scorching summer months, while an entertainment kitchen is ready to receive guests at all times. The nearly 10-acre estate boasts a new pond with fishing pier and ample parking, including a dedicated RV garage.
84 Audubon Boulevard, New Orleans
Asking price: $3,999,000
Situated on coveted Audubon Boulevard, this 5-bed home is the brainchild of famed architect Charles Freret. Built in 1928, the Southern France chateau inspiration has since been renovated and expanded by well-known architects Myrlin McCullar and Michael Carbine to offer 6,346 square feet of luxurious living space. Among its modern amenities is a smart home system, a whole house generator, a security system, and a gourmet kitchen complete with wine cooler and butler’s pantry.
An outdoor living room overlooks the saltwater pool and manicured lawns. Indoors, fireplaces and large windows abound, allowing for stylish entertaining both before and after dark. The property also features a generous walk-in closet, a study with custom bookcases, and gated parking.
1515 Lakeshore Boulevard, Slidell
Asking price: $4,250,000
Tucked away on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, this 7-bed Mediterranean inspiration sits at the end of a gated community’s cul-de-sac, surrounded by water on several sides. Maximizing its unparalleled location with uninterrupted views onto New Orleans’ iconic lake and easy access to Lake Saint Catherine, The Rigolets and the area’s many winding channels, the 1.78-acre property boasts a private dock complete with boat and jet ski lift.
The resort-grade pool complex is nestled in natural rock and features a swim-up tiki bar, spa, waterfall and a built-in slide. An outdoor living room with fireplace overlooks the pool, as does the private fitness center and gourmet kitchen. Additional pricey features include a theater, an in-home beauty salon, a game lounge with wet bar, a private guest suite, an outdoor basketball court and garage parking for six cars.
17498 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary
Asking price: $4,500,000
Zoned for one of Louisiana’s most sought-after school districts, this 213-acre gated estate offers unparalleled privacy just 14 miles from Downtown Baton Rouge. Perfect as an investment or a private family compound, the sprawling estate comes with 3 full-size homes, 3 large lakes, private woods and grassy pastures, allowing for fishing, hunting and even equestrian facilities. The estate features a sizeable barn/workshop that comes with a 620-square-foot staff apartment and a “Kid’s Cave”.
The 3,094-square-foot main residence evokes the style of French country homes with exposed bricks and beams and detailed millwork. It features a chef’s kitchen complete with wine pantry, fireplaces, a den, a large walk-out balcony and a covered porch overlooking the pool terrace. Both the second residence–a 2,400-square-foot Craftsman inspiration–and the third–a 2,600-square-foot Acadian creation–boast lake views.
3711 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
Asking price: $4,500,000
Located on historic St. Charles Avenue, this 5-bed Victorian mansion was once owned by gothic fiction heavyweight Anne Rice. Originally built in the 1880s, the historic mansion was lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, and still features original stained-glass windows and the mahogany and cypress grand staircase. Unsurprisingly for a former haunt of goth queen Anne Rice, the 8,747-square-foot mansion showcases intricate mantles and moldings and an abundance of crystal chandeliers.
There’s a gourmet kitchen complete with wet bar and entertaining lounge, a massive walk-in closet, a veritable collection of intricate fireplaces, double parlors, a study and a large walk-out balcony with views of St. Charles Avenue. Generous entertaining spaces are available outdoors as well, with a large marble patio, an outdoor living room complete with fireplace, and manicured lawns. For those looking for a true gothic New Orleans experience, it’s said that the mansion is home to a gaggle of ghosts, some as old as the building itself.
2211 Prytania Street, New Orleans
Asking price: $4,500,000
Nestled in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District, this 4-bed Regency inspiration was completed in 2002 by architect Barry Fox. The 7,464-square-foot home is made for entertaining with the dining room seating 30, while the chef’s kitchen boasts separate silver and china walk-in pantries. Rising three stories tall, the mansion features an elevator and a grand open stairwell complete with atrium. Dual master baths, a sizeable walk-in closet and gated parking for 7 cars are just some of this home’s pricey amenities. A large patio and formal gardens archived at the Smithsonian Museum offer ample space for outdoor entertaining.
Asking price: $4,700,000
On the shores of The Rigolets Pass, this 3-bed home enjoys unencumbered views of Lake Saint Catherine and Lake Pontchartrain, as well as the marshes beyond Geoghegan Canal. Built in 1990, the contemporary-style home serves up 6,100 square feet of living space. The main residence is surrounded by water on three sides, ensuring complete privacy. Oversized windows make the most of the stunning landscape, best enjoyed from the two-story great room complete with full bar and billiards lounge.
The wrap-around terraces feature an outdoor living room with fireplace and al fresco dining, while a large ground-floor terrace along with the manicured lawns and tropical landscaping offer plenty of room for outdoor entertaining. An Olympic-sized pool basks in water views, while a peer stretches out onto the waters of Rigolets Pass for a unique outdoor bar and lounge experience. Guests can also enjoy a private 2,300-square-foot apartment. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the yacht dockage, while those keen to test their luck in these rich waters can make use of the lighted fishing pier.
717 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
Asking price: $4,800,000
Just blocks from St. Patrick’s Church, this 7-bed home on famed St. Charles Avenue affords front-row seats to many of New Orleans’ legendary parades, thanks to two walk-out balconies complete with intricate railings. Touches of the Big Easy’s aesthetics pop up throughout the 3-story home, with exposed bricks and beams, chandeliers, tile and wood floors, vibrant colors, arches, spiral staircases and Mardi Gras décor.
A cozy courtyard at the back of the house is perfect for private gatherings, while a security system ensures safety. The 6,240-square-foot home boasts 3 kitchens, 3 living rooms and 3 bedrooms making this home ideal for entertaining overnight guests or as a future commercial opportunity. The unique residence comes with off-street parking, but of course one can always take the iconic St. Charles Streetcar that passes right in front of the house.
19614 S Muirfield Circle, Baton Rouge
Asking price: $4,995,000
The most expensive home for sale in Baton Rouge right now, this 3-acre estate evokes the luxury of Old World Mediterranean living with Doric columns, Roman friezes, antique mirrors and hand-cut limestone. The 6-bed mansion’s master wing features walk-in closets, a solarium, 9-foot ceilings in the master bath and a veranda.
Twin loggias and towers in the back bring the estate’s covered porch footprint to 970 square feet. They house a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, a spa and an elevator leading to a guest wing that augments the home’s 7,637-square-foot living space. An inground pool sits at the center of the rear terrace, which offers abundant space for outdoor events. The fenced-in grounds reach towards the waters of Fountain Bayou, dotted with mature shade trees and with a marble fountain at the center of the paved circular driveway.
5603 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
Asking price: $5,750,000
Located on a half-acre lot on St. Charles Avenue–fondly known as “The Jewel of America’s Grand Avenues”–this 7-bed mansion blends modern amenities with the large-scale surroundings of days gone by. Built in 1905, the 9,200-square-foot mansion has been upgraded with present-day features like security systems, storm windows and a whole house generator, ready to ride out the storms of the Gulf Coast. The carriage house has been converted into guest quarters, while the walk-in attics and full basement add additional living space.
A gourmet kitchen, a butler’s pantry and a wine cooler make hosting events a breeze, with grand formal entertaining areas–complete with Tiffany fireplaces and coffered ceilings–ready to receive a bevy of guests. Walk-out balconies and a sizeable rear terrace complete with in-ground pool offer abundant outdoor living space, complete with a detailed sculptured fountain.
Asking price: $7,500,000
20 miles from Downtown Baton Rouge, this 47+ acre gated estate offers tranquil country living with its two lakes, fenced pastures and wooded areas. The 13,416 square feet of living space comprise a main house, a pool house and a guest house, complete with party barn, 12-seat home theater, fully-equipped fitness center, 3 fireplaces and a 4-car garage. The 4-bed main residence also boasts a chef’s kitchen with pantry, a home office, soaring beamed ceilings and large entertaining spaces with oversized windows.
Additional amenities include an elevator, a pet washing station and an oversized recreation lounge complete with billiards room and full bar. Large walk-out terraces and loggias offer plenty of outdoor living space, complete with a covered pool, an outdoor living room and an outdoor kitchen. Equestrian enthusiasts will appreciate the covered riding arena, stables, lofted barn, tack house and caretaker’s apartment. For extra charm, the estate also features a retro gas station, a retro country store, and a fenced-in children’s playground.
620 Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans
Asking price: $9,250,000
Currently the #1 most expensive home for sale in Louisiana, this 8-bed estate is located in New Orleans’ fabulous French Quarter, featuring one of the largest courtyards in the neighborhood. With more than 12,000 square feet of indoor living space, this French Quarter gem gathers a host of amenities into one of the most desirable locations in the entire state.
Built for grand entertaining, the 3-story mansion features a gourmet kitchen complete with breakfast room, a butler’s pantry, two wine rooms–one of which houses 1,100 bottles–and a billiards room. There are two foyers, two living rooms, a great room with wet bar, a study, as well as a meeting room and two walk-in closets. Walk-out balconies offer views of the grounds, while the third-floor widow’s walk frames far-reaching vistas of the Big Easy.
High walls ensure complete privacy, so both the front and back courtyards can be enjoyed to the fullest with their lush landscaping, terraces, water features and heated pool. A covered walkway connects to a guesthouse which features a sauna, a poolside shower, a marble bar and a showstopping marble bath surrounded by mirrors. The estate also boasts a 2-car garage and additional off-street gated parking for 13 cars.
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