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Featured home - Williamsport colonial provides freedom of choice

July 18, 2005|by DAVE THOMPSON of HomeSource

Formal or informal?

The choice is yours as soon as you hit the entrance foyer to this week's HomeSource Feature Home.

To the left is an elegant living room-dining room combo that stretches from the front to the back of the rambling colonial. At a healthy 20-by-15 feet, the living room swallows sofas and chairs with ease, leaving plenty of space for the owners to decorate as they please.

Go up two steps to the elevated dining room and any worry about where to hold Thanksgiving dinner is over. At 17 by 13, there's room to seat the family and hold the heirloom china.

Walk right a short distance down the hall from the foyer and a different atmosphere awaits. A 30-by-16 wood-paneled family room features an impressive corner stone fireplace. A bar area with plenty of built-in cabinetry provides space to prepare liquid refreshment and snacks for the big game.

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The refreshments also can be taken from the family room through sliding glass doors to a large concrete patio. There's ample room for summer barbecue grilling on the patio, and a roof overhead means a seasonal storm won't rain on the outdoor chef's creations.

Located conveniently between the living-dining area and family room is a recently updated kitchen featuring Corian countertops and a center island. The kitchen has a compact, practical layout that doesn't skimp on cabinetry and counter space. There's room to sit at the center island and grab a quick breakfast or lunch.

The downstairs activity space doesn't end there. Adjacent to the family room is a huge recreation room (over 400 square feet) converted from a garage area. It's a great area for kids to romp while adults are busy elsewhere in the house. A pool table fits easily.

There's still an attached garage - in fact, it's an oversized two-car garage that has space to store plenty of things in addition to automobiles. Just off the garage is a spacious laundry room with sink, and a long, narrow storage area next to the laundry offers yards of built-in shelf space.

Up the stairs from the entry foyer are four bedrooms and two baths. Although the house is 30 years old, its master suite anticipated the desires of 21st century buyers. The bedroom is an ample 19-by-15 and features two double closets. A walk-in closet is located off the master bath, which features a door separating the sink from the toilet and bath/shower area.

A full bath with double sinks serves the other bedrooms, two of which feature double closets. The smallest of the bedrooms is a very adequate 15-by-12 feet. Central air conditioning and radiant heat will ensure that everyone sleeps in comfort.

Those who like outdoor activities will appreciate the home's location on a well-landscaped .92-acre double lot. A big storage shed at the back provides a refuge for lawn and garden implements. The house's stone, brick and vinyl siding construction promise a minimal amount of exterior maintenance. A one-year Home Trust Warranty is included.

Offering both indoor and outdoor space to roam, this would be a great family home. For information, contact Jason Hose of Mackintosh Realtors, Inc. at 800-727-7653, ext. 229 (office), 301-491-2625 (cell) or check the Web site at www.jasonhose.com.

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