We might just have found the quintessential Louisiana-style home.
Built in 1877, the property once belonged to none other than John Wharton Collins, a New Orleans merchant who founded the city of Covington in 1813. The 5,344-square-foot home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visitors are greeted in the front by a wraparound porch with beautiful columns and a sloped roof to keep the heat at bay. Inside the five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home, the traditional Acadian style has been lovingly preserved. There's a long hall and staircase in the middle and rooms on either side. In the front parlor, a marble fireplace mantel serves as a focal point, while the rounded archway, crown molding, and large chandelier add historic weight to the space.
Throughout the house, the little details -- heart of pine floors, scrolled woodwork, and antique mirrors -- convey the feeling of its gothic past. Yet the home offers all the modern conveniences today's homeowner could want: The remodeled kitchen has a large island, a subway tile backsplash, and Viking stainless-steel appliances.
Upstairs, a master suite features his-and-her bathrooms, and an attic space was converted into a vast walk-in closet. The space includes a study with built-in bookshelves and a kitchenette.
Off the back porch, a centuries-old barn sits on a gravel drive, surrounded by oak trees with swamp moss.
The home is in the downtown area and within walking distance of cafes, boutiques, and art galleries. There's even an English-style tea shop with a vintage red phone booth outside.
If small-town charm is not fast-paced enough for you, a 30-minute drive will get you to New Orleans. Laissez les bons temps rouler!