420 aurora |$1.295M

3/4 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | 3,864 s.f. living space | 5,880 s.f. lot size

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420 Aurora is an A. Hays Town-inspired home sitting on a corner lot in Sunset Heights. With a design drawing on Southern Louisiana and French countryside influences, 420 Aurora is the perfect blend of rustic charm and refined elegance. This combination makes the home not only welcoming to friends and family, but also stands to impress them. Luxurious features inside and out make it clear this home is built to entertain.

The home provides more than ample parking for guests. An attached 2-car garage, additional driveway space and available parking along Columbia or Aurora on this quiet corner lot allow guests to drive right up to the house. Excellent porches looking out on Columbia will be one of the first things friends and family notice as they step out of their cars. First and second floor porches with room for comfortable seating will undoubtedly be popular gathering spots for guests. An additional second floor balcony also stands to impress visitors.

Upon entering the house, guests will immediately be struck by the home’s great lighting and open space. Sun shines in through the abundance of large windows facing Columbia. The kitchen and attached breakfast area are both wide open to the vast great room. All this makes for an ideal space for even a very large group of guests to mingle and enjoy themselves.

The place to be for special celebrations, this home also proves to be practical even when guests aren’t around. Versatile spaces, such as a potential second study area and the limitless upstairs bonus room allow you to make the home your own. The relaxed, yet graceful downstairs study could be perfect for someone who works from home, or just wants a calming place to read. The utility room not only is conveniently located off the mud room, but includes wide “Lagos Azul” limestone countertops, a sink and thoughtful built-ins. This exhibits the home’s high level of attention to selections and continues the elegance of the house without sacrificing functionality.

Longtime Heights architect Creole Design makes sure the rustic feel of the home emanates from the outside. Operable stained shutters and a gas lamp show the Southern Louisiana influence in the home's design. The soothing and sophisticated ecru color that covers the outside of the home continues on the inside, giving the home a unified and tasteful look.

A. Hays Town’s influence is felt upon entering the home as you immediately lay eyes upon a brick accent wall. This is the focal point of the gorgeous study, which features a stunning dark stained coffer to offset the brick nicely. This beautiful room could also be used as a parlor or sitting room for those looking to impress guests. Custom pocket doors can be closed when a quiet space is needed to work or relax.

The rustic vibe continues with the placement of brick risers on the stairs. This is complemented well by the noteworthy refinement displayed through stained ceiling beams and 12’’ baseboards. Wide-plank white oak hardwoods can be found in all living areas and bedrooms. Generous, thoughtful, site crafted millwork is found throughout the home. A walk around the home’s first floor will undoubtedly give rise to a distinct open air feel. At first, it is difficult to exactly put one’s finger on it, but if you take a look up you’ll realize it must be the 11’ ceilings which are featured throughout the downstairs. Unlike shorter ceilings which can leave guests feeling trapped, the high ceilings create a natural essence.

The dining room displays the home’s refinement and its natural flair for entertaining. The entrance to the room is flanked by built-in china cabinets and the eye is immediately drawn to a designer selected chandelier. The room has enough space for a large dinner party with friends, but isn’t too big for a simple family meal. The flow of sun into the room also makes it a great place to hold a fancy brunch or an early evening dinner. A door to the first-floor porch allows guests to step out and enjoy the glorious weather on one of these special occasions. A versatile built-in just outside the dining room is a custom feature designed for use as a wine or wet bar.

The large, open kitchen has a very warm feel. One of the highlights of the room is the 12’ over-sized island. It presents an abundance of counter space for preparing meals. It also provides room for seating without sacrificing built-in storage space. This could make it a popular place for gathering to munch on appetizers at a party or to sit and offer up company while the chef of the house cooks. The Wolf Performance appliances, built-in microwave and 48" Sub Zero refrigerator make it more than just a functional kitchen, but a room to show off to guests.

The kitchen’s deep apron sink is yet another rustic feature in the home. Refined details such as crackled tile, pewter backsplash, Athens wood marble counters and polished nickel hardware fill out the room. Under-cabinet lighting is another example of the considerable attention to detail put into crafting this home. The door to the oversized pantry is the same dark stain as the ceiling beams, thus extending the relaxed, yet graceful character present in other rooms. The kitchen is open not only to a breakfast area, but also to the expansive great room.

The vast sunlight that pours into the great room makes it a wonderful place for the family to gather day in, day out. Its lavish space and inviting feel make it an excellent place to entertain guests. In addition, it is pre-wired for a sound system and Smart Home features which will ensure your guests enjoy themselves. The room also features sliding french doors which open to the front yard.

This low maintenance yard includes a porch covered by stained ceilings. It looks out at Magnolia trees along Columbia and is surrounded by a low wrought-iron fence which offers comfort and a reminder of A. Hays Town’s influence. With a gas line extending from the beautiful stucco and mortar-washed brick facade, this will likely become a sought-after place to gather and watch the grill master cook.

The second floor truly showcases this home’s versatility. The bonus room at the top of the stairs could be used in any number of different ways. The cathedral vault and stained ceiling beams make it an unforgettable space to use as a game room or media room. The great light the room receives could make it perfect for a yoga or art studio. The rustic barnyard doors allow for it to be closed off and used as a fourth bedroom. One can imagine it being used as nanny quarters due to its close proximity to the smallest bedroom, which could serve as a nursery. This flexible room also offers access to the second-floor porch.

Outside the bonus room is a long hallway leading to the master suite. The hallway includes an additional space along the windows overlooking the porch that could serve multiple functions. For someone with a need for more space to work, this could serve as a second, smaller study. It could also be a relaxing place to read and look out on Columbia.

The master suite includes a door that can cut the hallway in half, giving the suite an extra level of privacy and exclusivity. The master bedroom is a sprawling 21' x 18' and has a private balcony overlooking Columbia, as well as shared access to the second-floor porch. The vaulted ceiling and 12" baseboards show the builder's signature touch.

A built-in linen area in the master suite leads to the enviable master closet, which has a wide array of built-in storage and shares the 10' ceilings found throughout the second floor. All millwork is site-built by master craftsmen. The master bath not only has double sinks but also a built-in vanity on the opposite wall. The Versailles Pattern Travertine in the master bath is a rich and dramatic texture, while the barrel vaulted ceiling and detailed freestanding tub add classic elegance.

420 Aurora has much to offer. Its rustic and refined look provides an elegant backdrop that will impress guests but is relaxed enough that they will feel at home. Its considerable parking, great lighting, open spaces and excellent porches make the home an entertainer’s dream. Rooms such as the study, kitchen and utility room blend comfort, sophistication and functionality in a way that makes this home practical even in the absence of guests. And with so many versatile spaces it can be molded into exactly what you want it to be.


Distinct stucco and mortar washed brick exterior

First- and second-floor porches facing quiet Columbia St.

Dark painted shutters

Bevolo New Orleans gas lamps

Optional Summer Kitchen

30-year architectural shingles


Oversized Athens Wood Marble island overlooking great room

Wolf Performance appliance package

48" Sub Zero refrigerator

Polished nickel fixtures


First-floor sitting room/study with stained coffered ceiling, brick accent wall, and built-in cabinets

Built-in wet bar across dining

Built-in china cabinetry flanking dining room

Courtyard access from dining and great room

11' first floor ceilings

12" baseboards on first floor


Bonus room with custom barn doors, access to second-floor porch, and beautiful stained ceiling beams could be gameroom, bedroom, or den

10' second floor ceilings

12" baseboards on second floor


Private hallway with room for a bench or bookcase

Two outdoor areas off master suite: one private balcony and second-floor porch shared with bonus room

Very large master walk-in with our signature site-built shelving and storage


Stained ceiling beam over stairwell and gameroom

Extensive built-ins in closets, pantry, and storage

Pre-wired for Smart-Home features, A/V media, and HD Cameras

Recessed 6” LED lighting dimmable to 5% in all rooms

Level 5 drywall finish and low-VOC paint

Double minwax polyurethane coating on hardwood floors

Designer-selected tile, marble and quartz finishes

Jeld-wen double-paned Low-E windows with wood frames in all rooms

17 SEER zoned Lennox A/C with color display digital Wi-Fi thermostats

Comprehensive spray-foam insulation (R-16 Walls, R-38 Ceiling)

Rinnai tankless on-demand water heaters

1-2-10 year ACES Warranty