Every conceivable comfort and amenity was built into this Cape-style, custom ranch. Built in 2002 and sitting on 1.84 acres on a private cul de sac abutting many acres of wooded land, some of it protected conservation land, it offers nearly 3,000 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths.
“This home is absolutely gorgeous,” said listing agent and Realtor Joe Fisichelli of RE/MAX Prestige in Methuen. “Built by Topnotch Homes, Inc, a premier developer in the Merrimack Valley, this home is custom built with quality in every aspect. You will find a lot more amenities and value in this house than in most, if not all, new construction being built today, a lot more high-end, custom features and quality you just don’t see too often.”
Visitors are drawn into the 12-by-13-foot foyer and to the great room, with its view through big sliders of the large deck with the pool beyond.
“The home sends out a lovely sense of welcoming,” Fisichelli said. “Rooms are large, open and spacious, each with its own character and charm.”
Such character you’ll find in the 19-by-23-foot great room, with its tongue-in-groove wood ceiling, built-ins along one wall and the brick, slow-burning, Rumford fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone surround.
“This is a very bright and sunny room with lots of windows,” Fisichelli said. “It’s the center of the house, perfect for family enjoyment.”
“We have had the happiest life in this house,” said homeowner Michael Wakeen, who built this home. He and his wife, Jeannie, are moving on, building a new home. “We’ve really enjoyed living here. It has a ‘welcome home’ feeling as soon as you walk in the front door.”
The sunlit, 15-by-23-foot kitchen features custom Gervais maple cabinets seemingly carved into the space, framing the Jenn-Air wall oven and double stainless-steel sink bowls.Three pendant lamps spotlight the cook top in the island, raised on one side to allow four to six people to sit and keep the cook company. A breakfast nook nestles in a bump-out overlooking the backyard.
“The counter top is made of rare granite mined in Lithuania, rare because the government allows mining only once every two years,” Wakeen said. “Its blue specks glow in the sunlight.”
The formal dining room features crown molding and a shaped pediment in its recessed-style tray ceiling.
Alone in one wing for privacy, the 14-by-19-foot master bedroom features a knotty-pine wood vaulted ceiling, oversized walk-in closet and access to the rear deck and backyard. The en suite bath is tiled with a whirlpool soaker tub and a double-size shower with dual shower heads, built-in bench and a glass enclosure, complete with steam.
In the other wing, three bedrooms, carpeted for quiet and comfort, share a full bath.
“This is a good-sized home but it’s not an intimidating size,” Fisichelli said. “With the exception of the bonus room, it’s all on one level, which will appeal to down-sizers and families alike.”
Reach the 18-by-24-foot bonus room from the back hall, next to the kitchen, half bath with laundry and the attached, two-car garage.
“The craftsman who built the kitchen cabinets also put in the built-in bar in the bonus room with a sink and mini-fridge,” Wakeen said.
Ideal as a playroom or game room, the space also could be a fourth bedroom, home office or a suite for a teen or au pair. From here reach the very large unfinished attic with plywood flooring and plenty of storage.
Enjoy outdoor living on the 17-by-40-foot deck and in the 20-by-40-foot heated pool. The 16-by-16-foot pool house has a changing room, half bath, power and “opens up like a Gilligan Island outpost,” Wakeen said. “The WeatherBest composite deck and railings are low maintenance, just like the covered front porch.”
Around the pool, lamp posts are set with dimmers for ambiance and a fire pit takes the chill out of early and late summer evenings. An enclosure fence keeps in pets and provides pool security. Hosta, roses, hydrangea, black-eyed Susan and ornamental grasses dot the yard with color, supported by a whole-yard irrigation system.
Radiant heat in the great room, foyer, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and en suite bathroom means walking barefoot in the home, year round. Additional amenities include central vac, a security system and three-zone heat and central air with a built-in air purifier. The home’s surround-sound system extends to outside around the deck.
“It’s a wonderful home for entertaining and holds large parties very easily,” Wakeen said. “We’ve had parties with 80 to 100 people attending and we couldn’t even feel them in the house.”
Built on a four-lot cul de sac, the nine-years-young home is private but within a mile or two from the Loop and highway access.
“The home has a rural feel but it’s close to everything important,” Fisichelli said. “It’s a comfortable home to raise a family.”
To confirm or schedule a private showing, call Realtor Joe Fisichelli of RE/MAX Prestige in Methuen, 978-994-6502. See www.FisichelliTeam.com for more information and photos.