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All photos via Peter Patout
Location: Donaldsonville, LA
Rescued from decay with an extensive restoration throughout the 2000s, Louisiana's historic Belle Alliance Plantation came onto the market last year for $3,785,000, a price that has proven to be too steep despite all its grand offerings. The 169-year-old property, which once served as an emergency treatment center for wounded Civil War soldiers, is now asking $2.95M. Behind the iron gates sits the 15,222-square-foot Greek Revival residence, designed by renowned Louisiana architect Henry Howard in 1846. One show-stopping part of the home is the ballroom-turned-royal-blue-dining-room, part of a major addition in 1889. There, all eyes turn to the massive and intricately-crafted Beaux-Arts fireplace.
The six-bedroom home comes with great scale, including 14-foot-high ceilings and 10-foot-tall doors. There's also a 9-foot oval stained-glass skylight in the central hallway, plus 18 fireplaces with original marble mantels. Moss-draped oak trees and sugarcane fields fill the rest of this 10.5-acre estate.