Featured home - Spring is a great time to enjoy this country home

April 18, 2005|by MALINDA SHAVER of HomeSource

Too much "city" in your city? Want to keep horses? Longing for a view of the Appalachians and your own classic white fence? Here is a house that has a historical viewpoint and an up-to-date attitude. And a 77-by-44-foot bank barn!

Spring has brightened this historic home, and it's a pleasant sight. The property totals 4.54 acres rolling gently out to surrounding hillsides. The view from the porches and second-floor solarium is tranquil and lovely. A spring-fed trout stream borders the property, and Beaver Creek Country Club is practically next door.

You must see the house. Constructed in about the 1790s, the sturdy stone walls have been restored, the interior pretty much rebuilt, and a large addition adds hundreds of square feet of living space. Every room demonstrates the owners' devotion to detail and respect for style and quality. Original pine flooring has been restored in some areas, and other rooms have oak hardwood floors. The family room glows with cherry flooring and custom cabinetry surrounding the fireplace. Of course there is wood trim: chair rails, and cove molding at the ceiling. Traditonal features include dutch doors. Throughout the house, the tone is set for the traditional decor by tastefully-chosen wallpaper.


With wiring, plumbing, heating and air conditioning all modernized, the house offers four bedrooms, two-and-a-half tiled baths - even a laundry closet on the bedroom level. On the main floor, a hallway connects living room, dining room and kitchen to the large family room. And we mentioned porches: the front porch stretches the full width of the house. At the side, adjacent to the family room, a large brick patio suggests warm-weather entertaining. And above the patio is the solarium, part of the owners' suite.

This is truly a suite. A second fireplace in the master bedroom makes the room an inviting retreat. The bedroom is spacious, 18-by-19 feet, with windows on three sides. A door on one long side opens to the glassed-in solarium, surrounded by sliding panels with commercial-grade glazing. A second door leads out from another bedroom. Connecting to the master bedroom is a bath with shower. A second full bath is adjacent to the suite and features a ceramic tiled tub with shower. A real convenience is the laundry facilities right there next to the suite.

Along with the added wing the original kitchen was replaced, including cabinets, appliances, plumbing and wiring. The 18-foot long dining room will accommodate a long table, with all its leaves. Rare in an older home, there's a half-bath on the main level. Ceilings on both the main and upper levels are nine feet high, adding to the effect of the generous space. Stairs give access to a panelled attic room.

Outside, near the house, is the original smokehouse, which has also served as a pottery studio and could be a great gardening shed. The bank barn, with its entrances on two levels, includes five stalls. Attached to the barn is a three-car garage. The paved driveway leads to a parking area.

With its country environment, historical feel and modern amenities, this is a home that will earn your appreciation and affection. To see for yourself, call Ron Bowers of Century 21/M.G. Realty at 301-733-7159.

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