Monday, January 14, 2013
Photos: Lake Highlands boasts its own Fort Knox
The address might say Greenville, but it's solid goldtown.
LAKE HIGHLANDS Do not let this stunning home’s address fool you: 9226 Greenville. Though it faces the northernmost stretches of Greenville Avenue, it is located in a beautiful, quiet residential crook of Lake Highlands in an area loaded with large luxury homes. Yes, Lake Highlands: Richardson schools. It overlooks a tranquil, treed creek with one of the biggest entertaining decks in the city. And it has been meticulously securitized by the best in town: 16 high security video cameras protect this property — which is more than you find in some mansions on Strait Lane! That, plus a state-of-the-art alarm system and tall stone walls that block out both noise and the bad boys.
The home was built in 1995, but it has been completely remodeled by a perfectionist with a keen eye to planning flow, detail, and seriously, one of the biggest decks in town. Ease of entry pattern right from the three car garage (with extra storage) to the house, with a huge laundry/mud room as soon as you get inside the door. The family room features a wall of stone with fireplace, and is open to the cheery breakfast room and gourmet kitchen with high-end stainless appliances and gas stove cooktop. There are rich, hypoallergenic bamboo wood floors throughout. All cabinets are hand-crafted and new, topped with gleaming granite. The kitchen also features a sunshine window and large pantry.
Bonus: Busy moms will love the built in study wall/work center in the breakfast room — a comprehensive work center that goes beyond one of those lame “planning desks.” This one has cabinets, drawers, shelves, and power for laptops, phones, iPads — the basics of living in the 21st century.
The next wing encompasses the formal living areas and foyer, with soaring ceilings and two-story windows, off of which is the master wing of the house. And a wing it is: You get a 20 by 18 foot room with stone wall, fireplace, high ceilings, and an alcove that can be an office, sitting area, or exercise studio. The spa bath is also generous, with separate Jacuzzi tub, waterfall shower, separate commode room, and huge walk-in closet. All first floor rooms access the “forever” deck (I swear this deck never ends) overlooking the creek and lush privacy-producing foliage. There is also a private deck off the master through security doors.
The home is 5,000 square feet with five bedrooms — three are up with two full baths and playroom, two are down including the master and a guest suite, also with bath. In all, the home has four full baths and one half bath powder room. The home is perched on a generous .37 acre lot — that’s more than one-third of an acre — so you get grassy play areas perfect for children or pets. Owned by a professional, the home was designed for as much carefree exterior and interior maintenance as possible and is truly lock and leave. Asking $699,000, a bargain that will leave you pocket change to buy some bullion. After all, who needs a depository when you’ve got your own?
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