8611 Hwy 84, Jena, Louisiana, 71342
This beautiful property, located in the heart of Central Louisiana, in LaSalle Parish, has approximately 79 acres of everything an outdoorsman could ever want. A custom built 2 story 5 bedrooms 4.5 bath home has all the room you’ll ever need for entertaining and accommodating your family and friends. A huge deck completely across the back of the house overlooks a 6 acre stocked pond with an abundant fish population. A pier and covered boat dock makes the fishing easy.
Several food plots with feeders and deer stands provides deer hunting opportunities. Numerous large deer have been harvested on this property. A control structure is in place allowing for the flooding of a green tree reservoir for duck hunting. This property is only 1 mile from Catahoula Lake, which is one of the best duck hunting locations in the state. It is also less than 3 miles for the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge and only 6 miles to Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area, a 63,901 acre tract of protected area located in LaSalle Parish, Catahoula Parish, and Rapides Parish. Earl Creek traverses the entire property providing a water source for the wildlife as well as the pond. Access to all areas of the property is convenient with several woods roads and trails. In addition to the excellent deer and duck hunting, there is dove hunting opportunities with planted open fields and squirrel hunting in the abundant hardwood forest.
CUSTOM BUILT COUNTRY HOME
The original home was built in or about 1984. The owner’s grandfather was a house mover in central/north Louisiana. His advice was to build a house so you can jack it up and build under it. So this house was built with that in mind. He advised to double the floor joist under all the walls to give it superb strength and that is how it was done.
In 1997 this house was jacked up 10½ feet and another house with 6 inch walls was built under it. The builder was known for excellent work and building for strength and detail. When he installed the aspen beaded board ceiling, it was installed with plywood backing for added strength. All the wood in the interior downstairs is all aspen or spruce from Colorado.
The walls in the den are 1 X 4 spruce which maintains the expansive 21 foot plus ceiling. The floor in the den and dining rooms is all cypress boards. The cypress was used because of it being softer wood allowing it to dent and give it a more homey feeling.
The kitchen floor is made from bricks gathered from all of the owners grandparents. Some are from Oklahoma, Missouri and Louisiana. One is from a Mississippi plantation home and several are Chicago bricks. A large number came out of the Buchanan sawmill that the grandfather of the owner removed when it closed down.
The trim around the island and the countertops in the kitchen was hand painted in California. The kitchen cabinets were custom built out of cypress by Dick Zeagler.
The house was one of the first in Louisiana to have central air with the new gas that was known then as puron.