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Featured Home - Luxurious Greencastle home makes a statement

August 27, 2005|By DAVE THOMPSON

GREENCASTLE, Pa

A "statement" home is one that makes it clear its owners have attained a certain level of success, either professionally or in business. Ideally, it's spacious and practical enough to accommodate a growing family and elegant enough for gracious entertaining.

In other words, it's just like this week's HomeSource Feature Home.

Located in a luxury development adjacent to the Greencastle Greens Golf Course, this brick colonial has the dimensions of a trophy house with 5,600 square feet of finished space, six bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. It's situated on three lots with a total of over an acre-and-a-half of area.

But there are a lot of large houses on the market nowadays. What makes this one unique is the attention to quality, detail and practicality throughout.

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Quality is apparent from the moment you step into the stunning two-story entrance foyer with a multi-level golden chandelier overhead. Immediately noticeable is the gleam of maple flooring and trim. Glance to the left under the open second-floor landing and you'll catch a glimpse of the 20-by-21 great room with its soaring 19-foot tray ceiling and brick gas fireplace. To the right of the entrance is a formal dining room with a large bay window.

To the rear off the dining room is a huge eat-in country kitchen. Corian countertops, cherry cabinetry, an electric Jenn-Air cooktop on a center island, a double oven and a large pantry are just some of the thoughtful touches. A breakfast bar has room for four and additional open space in the back can easily swallow a dining table.

Or it's an easy matter to take snacks outdoors to a spacious deck accessible from the kitchen through glass doors. The deck is constructed of low-maintenance Trex material. Convenient to the deck and just off the kitchen is a half-bath. Down a short hall from the bath is a well-located laundry room, which features wood cabinetry and access to the three-car garage.

If the bugs are biting or storms are brewing, the snackers can retreat from the deck to a screened porch, which is accessed through French doors in the great room. Both deck and porch offer views of the wooded area enclosing a small creek to the rear of the large backyard.

Also located on the main level is the master suite, featuring an extra-large walk-in closet and master bath with a whirlpool tub.

Go up the stairs toward the second floor and you'll encounter one of the home's unexpected pleasures. Off the landing between the first and second levels is an exquisite 13-by-11 library with vaulted ceiling. The room features beautiful built-in black walnut shelves along one wall.

At one end of the second floor are two bedrooms served by a Jack-and-Jill full bath. There's also a versatile 23-by-15 room with sink that's perfect for an artist's studio, a children's activity center or large bedroom. There's another bedroom with full bath at the other end of the second level. All the bedrooms have double closets.

Head downstairs to the below-grade level and there's another surprise - an office located off the landing in much the manner of the library. It provides space to work away from the hustle-and-bustle of the rest of the house.

A 22-by-21-foot family room with a raised-hearth gas fireplace awaits downstairs. French doors provide access to a lower-level patio and the backyard. There's also a lone bedroom with a secluded location that makes it great for a teenager's room or a guest room. The house's fourth full bath is down the hall from the bedroom. It features a heated ceramic tile floor.

Two large unfinished rooms off the family room provide ample space for storage along with an opportunity for future expansion.

Custom-built in 2001 by Henry Stouffer, the house offers loads of modern amenities such as cable TV and telephone jacks in every room. There's an in-ground watering system on a timer, with eight zones across the front lawn to make sure the professionally landscaped grounds stay green.

There are two hot water tanks (100 and 80 gallons), three gas-fired furnaces, three heat pumps for cooling, surround sound and an intercom system. Low-maintenance features include brick construction, Andersen windows, architectural shingles and gutter guards.

If you'd like this unique home to make a statement for you, contact Yvonne Thomson of Real Estate Teams at 301-797-1179.

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