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Featured Home - Gorgeous Georgian home is a great entertainer

July 30, 2005|By DAVE THOMPSON

WILLIAMSPORT - You're driving down a narrow gravel lane, hemmed in by trees on both sides, you come to a clearing and . . . wow! You've just been surprised by this week's HomeSource Feature Home.

It's definitely a stunning sight when this custom-built 5,000-square-foot Georgian home, with its elegant limestone facade, columned porch, four-car garage and immaculately landscaped grounds comes into view. And there are grounds aplenty. The house is situated on an 8.5-acre lot.

The pieces of local limestone used in the facade are anywhere from 4 to 9 inches thick and weigh as much as 200 pounds. And the stone isn't the only thing solid about this house - there's two-by-six framing throughout.

A visitor stepping inside the two-story marble-decked foyer quickly gets an impression of quality. To the left is a formal living room with hardwood floors and an attractive masonry fireplace with remote-controlled gas logs. The living room leads to a one-and-a-half story sun room that's sure to dispel gloom with its huge windows and tiled floor. It's a wonderful place to relax with a book, visit with friends, or watch the deer who come to drink in the evening at a fountain in the middle of the circular front drive. Adjoining both rooms is a formal dining room with hardwood flooring and a large bay window.

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To the right of the foyer the rooms get more informal and the floor plan more open.

The kitchen to the rear of the house features enough counter space to satisfy the most active cook, along with a large island and tiled floor. There's plenty of room for dishes and cooking implements in the custom cherry cabinetry by Hess. Appliances include a large side-by-side refrigerator, double oven, dishwasher and a Jenn-Aire cooktop with downdraft.

A breakfast nook with bay windows divides the gourmet kitchen from the spacious two-level, stone-tiled family room. An elegant stone fireplace (also utilizing gas logs) provides another use for native limestone. Special dual ceiling fans accent the lighting as well as helping with heating and cooling. Four 9-foot-tall arched windows offer a view of the expansive recreation area to the rear of the house. Pillars help accent the division between the room's two tiers.

Through a door and up a short staircase from the family room are the recently constructed library and exercise rooms. Both feature hardwood floors and remote-controlled ceiling fans. A glass door leads from these rooms to a 625-square-foot synthetic wood deck built atop two bays of the garage. The deck looks down on the backyard and pool area.

All this to offer and the visitor hasn't even been to the second floor, which features five bedrooms and three tiled baths (there's a powder room on the first floor). The large master suite has two full walk-in closets, double sinks, a cherry vanity, whirlpool soaking tub and a separate shower area. One of the hall baths features a deep, old-fashioned claw-foot tub. There's a large front bedroom with protruding dormers that would be an excellent room for a teen.

Having a party? Take 'em out to the newly installed 18-by-36 heated in-ground pool out back. Combine the curved concrete patio space surrounding the pool with the deck space above, and there's room to entertain a small army of guests.

There's no need to worry about storage space, either. The owners can stash their cars (and plenty of other stuff, too) in the enormous attached garage. To the rear of the house, beyond the vinyl fence enclosing the backyard, is a two-year-old, 1,440-square-foot steel garage/barn with water and electricity. Enclosed by three-board pine fencing, the barn is a great place to keep animals or inanimate objects.

Need more space? There's a third-floor attic accessible by a staircase. it's been framed and insulated and could easily be finished as a sixth bedroom or an office. Down below is a 2,000-square-foot unfinished basement offering more possibilities. Also below are two geothermal heat pump systems that cool and heat the big house. They're very efficient, and the current owners say energy bills are extremely low for a house of this size.

For additional information on this outstanding property, contact Jim Ward of Advantage Realty LLC at 301-745-1621.

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