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2903 N. Pauley Ct.

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North Pauley Court is a cul-de-sac in the area east of Cole and south of Ustick. This house is a tri-level, or what I used to call a split-level. It is clad in white vertical wood siding with brick on the lower part of the house. This house has lots of curb appeal with white vinyl windows, a front door and shutters painted an attractive green, plus a nicely landscaped front yard. A three-foot overhang covers the walkway to the front door, protecting visitors from the elements.

Inside the front door is an entry with hardwood flooring, and to the left is a medium-sized living room that connects to a dining area and kitchen, both of which are floored with brand new stone-like vinyl. Sliding glass doors lead to a covered patio at the back of the house, and a door from the garage leads into the dining area. The medium-sized kitchen is a little dark because the patio cover limits the amount of light entering through the window over the sink. The kitchen work surfaces are new faux granite. The stove, microwave and dishwasher are included and there is room for a side-by-side refrigerator.

The main bathroom is on the top level of the house. It has a tub and shower combination, a new gray stone-like vinyl floor, and faux granite counter-tops. Two small bedrooms sit at the front of the house, a master bedroom at the back of the house and wood-stained cabinets are built-in at the end of the corridor off which the bedrooms sit. The master bedroom is well sized and has an unusually attractive dark wood ceiling fan. The walk-in closet has a curtain on it instead of a door.

The top two levels of the house are carpeted in off-white wall-to-wall carpet. The bottom level is carpeted in an off-white berber carpet with blue and red accents that I think are quite attractive. As with the other bathrooms, the three-quarter bath with a small tile shower, a toilet and a sink is floored in nice brown new vinyl, however the freestanding sink needs either regrouting or replacing. This bathroom is also the laundry room with four storage cabinets above the washer and dryer. Across the hall from the bathroom/laundry room is a fourth bedroom. At the end of the hall is a big family room with windows at each end. The focal point of the family room is a red brick fireplace with an energy efficient insert and a raised hearth.

A river rock pathway leads from the front door around the house past the brick chimney and into the fully fenced backyard with one maple tree, five fruit trees and two evergreen trees. On the right side of the yard is a fenced-in garden area, but since the yard is so big, there is still plenty of lawn and plenty of sun despite all those trees. The yard also has a newly installed fully automatic sprinkler system, and luckily, the property is in the Capitol Water District so water bills are a flat $25 a month--even in the summer.

PROS: The four bedrooms in this house would be ideal for a family with lots of children, and the family room and big yard would give them a place to play. I love the backyard because of the size, garden spot, trees and fencing. The white vinyl windows are newer and double-paned. I also like the new vinyl on the floors and the faux granite counter-tops.

CONS: The carpets look a little tired, however the owners say they intend to have them cleaned. In my experience, a good shampooing does a lot to perk up carpeting. The interior wall colors are quite nice in slate greens and peach, but they need to be repainted. The colors match the rooms so well, I would just add one more coat of the same color if I could match it.