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1707 Harrison Boulevard



Not only is Harrison Boulevard lined with mature trees and divided by tree-flanked medians, but the parking strips are 12 feet wide! I'd settle for sidewalks on my street and parking strips of any width.

So I'm a little envious as I approach this white craftsman charmer, built in 1920 and designed by Charles Hummel. The white front porch is concrete and graced by four columns and the entrance leads to one side of the large living room. The main part of the living room boasts an exquisite gas fireplace, original crown molding and woodwork, hardwood floors and a picture window with smaller leaded glass window panes. Behind the living room is a formal dining room: floral wall paper, chair rails, hunter green paint, a nice older-looking chandelier. French doors lead to the backyard. Off the dining room is the kitchen and on its immediate right is a built-in oak hutch that looks original. The kitchen is long and not too narrow and it is filled with a five-burner gas stove, other modern appliances and a pantry. The color scheme is subdued. The breakfast area is set in a corner sided by a picture window with a great view. From here, another door leads to the backyard.

Off the hall are two bedrooms: The one in the front has the same window as the living room, and a smaller window. Next to the bedroom is the main bathroom which was retiled in white with striking black and salmon designs in the '80s, and has an oversize-shower surrounded by glass. The master bedroom has two walk-in closets, a window and opens into a very nice sitting area that in turn opens onto a backyard deck. Off the study is a large spectacular master bath: Cancun Mayan Limestone, jetted tub, sink, bidet and toilet.

Off the hallway are carpeted stairs to the basement where there is a laundry room with hookups; another room with lots of storage; a quarter bathroom and a large carpeted room with a window. Off this room is a small closet with the furnace and hot water heater. The house is heated by gas-forced air, radiant heat and a radiator, and the radiant heat system is new.

A second set of stairs leads from the cellar to a fully fenced backyard, completely private and beautiful. It is not as deep as I imagined, since the 121 feet include a two-car garage and driveway off the alley. Nevertheless, I would love to sit on the stoop off the kitchen, or on the deck off the master bedroom, or on the patio under the trellis shaded by wisteria. There is a mature oak in the backyard and two more on the parking strip in the front of the house and the back lawn is surrounded by attractive plants.

PROS: Elegant, with the feel of the '20s, but updated. The backyard is great. Even though the windows are original, there are storms on all of them and the windows on the newly added sitting room and master bath are doubled paned. This is an energy-efficient house.

CONS: There is constant traffic on Harrison Boulevard and the house has recently been sold.


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