The Historic Mackie House Has Louisiana Charm in Spades

  • The Historic Mackie House is for sale.

    The Historic Mackie House is for sale.

  • Front parlor

    Front parlor

We might just have found the quintessential Louisiana-style home.

Listed for $1.78 million, the Mackie House in Covington, LA, is Acadian -- an architectural style that the French Canadians who settled in Louisiana derived from French country homes.

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.

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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!