A wide wrap-around porch, complete with railings and posts, gives the Madera the appeal of an old-style country home. But don't be fooled. The interior of this 1 1/2-story home is totally contemporary.
Just inside the front door, a U-shaped stairway with polished colonial wood dowel posts and banister leads upstairs, visually separating the dining room from the family room. Due to its unconventional placement in the center of the room, a bridge at the top connects the stairway to the two upstairs bedrooms. The stairs and bridge create lofty perches for watching and joining the action below and are great for family announcements.A colonial fireplace and a long mantel for family photos and heirlooms is off the large family room. Three walls of multipaned windows flood the area with soft light.
The kitchen, nook and family room run together. Sliding glass doors fill the nook with light and offer easy access tothe wood deck for leisurely meals outside when the weather is inviting.
A small utility room is tucked behind a bathroom handy to the double garage as well as the house. The master suite has a large walk-in closet and a private deck for those sunny afternoons. The upstairs bedrooms share a bath. An extra vanity that provides makeup space outside the bathroom will be a sure hit with teens.
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