I'm helpless reading an ad stating, "estate-like property ... remarkable landscaped acre," because I'm a sucker for greenery, so I drive out to the Old Horseshoe Bend Road beyond the Veterans Cemetery to a residential street developed about 30 years ago.
When I arrive, I drive up an almost 200 foot sloped driveway to the gray, vertically sided house with white trim. The driveway is lined with alternating red barberries and evergreen bushes. Stairs lead to two brick paved patios: one oval, the other rectangular, facing the south. I am surrounded by mature trees and bushes.
The front door leads directly to a sunken living room with a brick fireplace, a vaulted ceiling with fan, and a paneled wall. A new tile walkway leads to the dining room and the remodeled kitchen, which features stainless steel countertops, alder cabinetry and all-white appliances. These include a smooth top stove--my weakness since it makes cleaning so easy. To the right is the bedroom wing with three bedrooms carpeted in off-white and a remodeled main bath.
I return to the kitchen passing a pantry as I go, and leave the original house for the new wing. On the right are a half-bath and a hobby room. The kitchen, bath and this hallway are floored in gleaming golden hardwood. On the left is a room for the well pump, the reionator (water softener) and one of two hot water heaters. The old wing of the house is on a slab and is heated by electric coils in the ceilings. Each room has its own thermostat. The new wing is heated by an electric forced air furnace.
Straight ahead are steps down to a newly carpeted media room. It has a huge fireplace with an insert, and a fan that will blow the heat through ducts to every room in the new wing. I see the biggest home wet bar ever, tempting me to lean against it and order a drink. The ceilings are very high and there is a ceiling fan.
Back to the corridor, steps lead to a vaulted master bedroom suite with clerestory windows. This room also has an enormous stone fireplace, a fan, a loft, and the entire suite has a built-in stereo system. The master bathroom has a huge sunken atrium shower/tub with rock walls and two shower heads. In addition, there is another soaker tub surrounded by mirrors. Opening off of that room is a his-and-hers double closet/dressing room, which includes built-in shoe shelves, a wall ironing board, and another mirror. French doors open off the bedroom to a 600-square-foot wraparound deck facing south and west. There is a hot tub with views and stairs leading down to the backyard.
The owner of the Eagle Nursery owned this house many years ago, and that is why the landscaping is so spectacular. There's a patio outside the dining room with lawn, steps to an upper lawn through an arbor and all kinds of specimen trees, such as a ginkgo biloba, a crooked filbert and a Japanese maple. Two horse properties border next door, and the new owner could also have animals: llamas or goats for instance. There is a 12-foot by 6-foot storage shed off the three car carport in the front, a wood shed and a potting bench. There's also a gravel area for RV parking. The lot is on automatic sprinklers. The sale will include a riding mower!
Pros: Privacy and beauty. One can't really see the house till they are looking up the driveway, and the plantings are irreplaceable since it takes years for plants to get this big. I love the atrium shower surrounded by five windows. I would grow plants under each one. I like the kitchen, and three fireplaces are cozy.
Cons: I want to live in this house, and yet, I can't afford it. The media room is a bit dark but its purpose is to watch television.