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4017 Hill Road


I'm always attracted to the angular lines of the 1950s mid-century modern style, so I had to see this home on Hill Road. It's built of long, narrow gray brick with green trim, and its rooflines are shallow pitched. There's a single-car garage but also an extra wide driveway allowing lots of parking for friends and family.

The small covered entry porch offers the choice of two doors: One leads to a small in-home nail salon, and the other, a heavy dark wood door, leads to the interior entryway lined with glass block, another feature of mid-century modern. The large, lovely living room is covered in off-white wallpaper. Its ceiling has a shallow vault with a ceiling fan and white exposed beams. There are lots of windows, and a gas fireplace with a rich, dark mantelpiece is the focal point of the room.

Behind the living room is the big, bright country kitchen. The floors, like the bathroom, entry and salon are covered with light gray vinyl. There are lots of cabinets in a nice medium-colored wood topped by light gray vinyl countertops. The appliances are white, including a built-in microwave/vent over the stove (one of my favorites, since the hanging microwave doesn't take up counter space). A kitchen table fits perfectly in the middle of the room. There's a washer and dryer tucked into the back, surrounded by more cabinets, and a glass door leads out to the side of the house. The nail salon opens one step down off the other side of the kitchen. It's a moderate-size, bright room lit by the glass door from the front, a large skylight and another glass door leading out to the back of the house. A new owner could keep the room as an in-home business, or convert it into a family room perfectly placed in the flow of the house plan.

At the back of the house are two carpeted bedrooms with pale wall paper. (Throughout the house, and even outside, the present owners have indulged themselves by adding a few small purple accent walls here and there!) The master bedroom's closets are faced with mirrors, which make the room look bigger. Each bedroom has a window plus french doors leading to a large new deck. One of the advantages of living on the south side of Hill Road is the slope in the back yard. From the deck, floored in Trex long-lasting decking, and surrounded by white vinyl railings, the owners can look out over the green trees and bushes of their back yard and their neighbors' yards. There's a hot tub outside the second bedroom's french doors. The hall bathroom includes another glass block window. The tub is pink, a la the 1950s, and the shower surround is made of clear glass, which adds brightness to the room.

Out the back door of the nail salon, stairs lead down to yet another deck as well-made and attractive as the one off the bedrooms. Stairs continue further down to a daylight basement that houses a third bedroom complete with an attached bathroom. New owners could graduate their teenager up (or down) to this private room. The good-size back yard is fully fenced. It includes a great new white shed with two windows, green shutters and skylights. Three medium-size evergreen and oak trees, several planting beds and vines accent the back yard.

Pros: The living room is a lovely, elegant room. I think the authentic mid-century modern features are a plus. Those back decks will provide a good place for family relaxation and for entertaining. Having the option of continuing a small in-house business or converting the room into a family room gives the buyer flexibility. The back yard is big and will only get more lush.

Cons: Living on Hill Road means adjusting to a certain amount of traffic. I would plant bushes all along the front lawn to help muffle the noise. The carpets in the living room and bedrooms are nice, but probably need to be replaced as they are spotted. Perhaps there is hardwood underneath them.