Victorian Charmer in North Ranch
Exuding an abundance of Victorian charm, this modern-day North Ranch estate was built in 1986 on nearly a half-acre of pristine land with mature trees and lush landscaping, this stately 5,549 square-foot home will capture the imagination of families with nostalgia to a grand era in architecture and design throughout. Modern appointments in this six-bedroom, five-bath residence includes a private gated drive, vaulted ceilings, antique woodwork and carving, vaulted and cathedral raised ceilings framed in wood crown moulding, formal living and dining rooms, bonus rooms, top kitchen appliances, French doors and windows, elegant period-correct lighting fixtures, designer wood flooring, skylights, a built-in bar, sparkling pool and spa, custom brickwork, and a spectacular two-story turret surrounded by bay windows.
This magnificent modern Victorian estate embodies elegance and nostalgic living, reflected in the intricate design work and architecture. A three-car attached parking garage with additional parking is provided through a double security auto gate lined in red brick.
At the front, shade trees, gardens, and flowering beds provide pops of year-round color and a grand, tiered brick entry walk leads to the lavish covered wrap-around porch complete with elaborate wood railing and trusses – perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cool glass of lemonade or favorite beverage.
Two custom carved wood entry doors feature intricate glass lead windows and open to to an opulent grand foyer beaming with light from a grand chandelier suspended from the open second level ceiling. Throughout the home, custom wood flooring is underfoot with dark wood baseboards, matching crown and door moulding, lavish carved trussed archways, and period-correct Victorian pendant lights and chandeliers to light each room. Dual wood staircases in the foyer and family room lead to the second level and feature solid wood carved, turned bannisters and railings.
Sumptuous Formal Living and Dining Rooms
A step down from the main foyer, a grand rose marble fireplace highlights the sumptuous formal living room, complete with an exquisite antique wood Victorian hearth and mantle and bright window-filled turret sitting room. Built-in shelving to display precious mementoes or treasures and a double set of French doors lead to a covered veranda and side gardens are also desirable touches.
Off the formal living space, a raised formal dining room is appointed with graceful design cues, including custom window coverings, exquisite double crystal chandeliers suspended from coffered ceiling over the expanded dining area, built-in china cabinets, pocket wood and lead-glass doors to the kitchen, and French doors and windows that open to the back patio and terraces.
Highlights of the inviting, storybook family room include a large raised red brick fireplace and hearth that extends from floor to ceiling that creates a warm atmosphere and a charming bay sitting window. A beautiful handcrafted knotty pine bar has a brass prep sink, plentiful storage for barware, and is a wonderful addition to serve family and guests refreshments or snacks.
Gourmet Farmhouse Kitchen
Surrounded by French doors and windows, the kitchen and breakfast nook is one-of-a-kind and the true heart of this home. The large Victorian country kitchen is bright and sunny, with a two-story open and raised turret ceiling with lead-glass windows that allow abundant light to bathe the entire area. Thoughtful appointments include a double stacked oven, six-burner gas stovetop, Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, butcher block prep island, large breakfast bar, attached breakfast nook, wainscot-style cabinetry, plenty of storage and glass-faced storage, brass pendant lighting, a built-in desk, breakfast bar, skylights, ceiling fans, large pantry and laundry room, and gourmet appliances designed for preparing meals and entertaining guests.
The laundry room is connected to the kitchen as a separate room through a Dutch door and provides an abundance of counter space, deep double sink, and farmhouse cabinetry. It also serves as a huge pantry with room for a second refrigerator/freezer and direct access to the three-car attached garage.
Palatial Master Retreat
Upstairs, the palatial master retreat offers romantic tranquility, with the finest appointments, including a large sitting area in the upper turret with a cathedral ceiling and an abundance of windows that offer fresh breezes and treetop views.
A marble and travertine fireplace adds to the charm, as does the beamed ceiling. Two gorgeous lead glass doors open to the elegant step-up bath suite with a deep soaking whirlpool bath niche, tile glass-enclosed steam shower, double pedestal sinks, two walk-in closets, and a private covered balcony overlook the tall oak trees and glimmering pool below.
Generously sized Office, Bonus Room, and Five Bedrooms
In addition to the family and living rooms, a sizeable bonus room is accessible from the back terrace on the first level, as well as an office that features a large executive wood desk and custom wood cabinets. One bedroom on this floor features a shared hall bath with a full bath. A second half-bath in the main hall is eloquently appointed with wood wainscoting, an elaborate antique walnut vanity and hand-painted fluted porcelain sink.
Upstairs, there are five generous guest bedrooms and two full Jack-and-Jill baths shared between. Built-in wood cabinetry at the top of the staircase serves as a functional library or to display favorite family photos and treasures.
Tranquil Grounds with Verdant Landscaping
The lush grounds of this nearly half-acre property include a verdant park-like area with grass and beautiful gardens, and a variety of mature trees that provide plenty of shade and respite, and red brick patios and terraces to lounge and dine.
A grand swimming pool and a raised soaking hot tub are trimmed in red brick and provide the perfect setting for adventure, fun, and the ultimate escape to peace and natural living under a canopy of sunlight streaming through massive oak trees.