Serenity and privacy

Another paver patio extends along the back of the home with a wide view of the private wooded area at its edge.
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Another paver patio extends along the back of the home with a wide view of the private wooded area at its edge.

COVER HOUSE

5531 TERRACE CREEK, WASHINGTON TWP.

Expanded Colonial farmhouse once part of Deeds land

Contributing writer

The property at 5531 Terrace Creek has the feel of a serenely private country estate, although it is located within a gated community.

The original Colonial styled home was built in 1935. Several additions and many updates have occurred over the years.

“The land was owned by the Deeds family, and this is thought to be the hunting lodge of Colonel Deeds,” said Steve Brown of Irongate Inc. Realtors.

Almost 3 acres surrounding the 5,065-square-foot home provide an attractive setting for the home and a carriage house with additional garage space.

“It’s a natural forest with wildflowers, dogwood, red bud, magnolia and hemlock trees,” Brown said.

Picturesque stone retainer walls enhance the property in various areas.

“It is truly a unique property in the midst of Washington Twp. bordering the NCR golf club,” said Brown, who has listed it for $625,000.

A long, paved driveway curves through the front grounds that suggest a private forest. It extends to a circular drive and motor court at the front of the home.

Inside the main entrance hardwood flooring extends through the gathering areas and some of the bedrooms.

In the living room the fireplace is faced in marble and surrounded with a paneled wood mantle. One wall holds multiple built-in bookcases, while the opposite wall provides a wooded view through an elongated boxed window.

Flanked by built-in bookcases, a marble hearth and floor-to-ceiling brick facing, painted white, frame the fireplace in the family room. Chair rails surround this gathering space, which includes an alcoved wet bar, a period-styled chandelier and a wall of windows and transoms with authentic muntins.

As an alternate gathering area, the sun-filled solarium features three cubed skylights and a wall of windows incorporating wide sliding glass doors that open to a pebbled walkway along natural stone retainer walls against a sloping green space edged with leafy bushes and trees.

The dining room has its own nature view through a long row of windows. China and linens are easily stored in a deep closet with wraparound shelves.

A charming and private library/study features neutral carpet, built-in bookshelves, chair rails, crown moldings and an adjacent half-bath.

If the early Deeds family could see the kitchen now, they would surely marvel at its amenities: earth-toned ceramic-tile flooring, Corian counters, multiple white cabinets of various shapes and sizes, drawers and shelves, and a planning desk. Conventional and microwave wall ovens are stacked together. A stainless-steel refrigerator slides into its own alcove. An integrated double sink and a stainless-steel dishwasher are installed at one end of the wrap-around counter. The smooth-surface cooktop was added last month.

Neutral carpet was recently replaced in one main-floor bedroom. Two more rooms near a full bath could serve as a main-floor bedroom suite or be used as separate bedrooms. Ceramic tile covers the lower walls of the updated bath, which has tub and shower and a double vanity.

The main suite has two double closets in its bedroom in addition to a dressing area flanked by two more double closets with organizers.

Bedroom five and a versatile extra room, which could serve as bedroom six, are on the upper level with two updated full baths, one with a corner step-in shower and the other with tub and shower.

The main floor laundry area includes washer, dryer, cabinets and closet. Floors and stone walls in the unfinished, partial basement are painted.

Above the attached, three-car garage is a 37-by-24-foot recreation room with updated flooring and an adjacent half-bath.

The carriage house has parking for two more cars and two animal stalls. An adjacent parking area doubles as a basketball court.

“The mechanical systems are all updated,” Brown said. “Interior walls are freshly painted, and the exterior was done about two years ago.”

“This is truly the rarest of opportunities to purchase such an extraordinary country home in Washington Twp.,” he said.

WASHINGTON TWP.

Price: $625,000

Open house: July 1, 1-3 p.m.

Directions: West Alex Bell Road, right on West Rahn Road, left on Terrace Creek

Highlights: About 5,065 sq. ft., 5/6 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, 2-story, built 1935, many updates, equipped kitchen, 2 patios, oversized 3-car attached garage, carriage house with 2-car parking and 2 stalls, 2.7-acre wooded lot borders NCR golf course

For more information:

Irongate Inc. Realtors

Steve Brown

(937) 477-5248

www.sbrownonline.com

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