Passers-by can't help but look twice, or even three times, at the Stark because of the visual interest created by the cedar siding facade. This large home is designed for a lot that slopes gently toward the front.
The upstairs is nothing less than a luxurious private retreat for the owners. A large study, complete with fireplace, overlooks the vaulted living room and entryway. This room, which could just as easily be a hobby or exercise area, also features a balcony with sliding glass doors.And the whirlpool bath, tucked in the far corner of the master bathroom, offers instant relaxation at the beginning and end of each day. A skylight bathes the area in natural light. Other touches of luxury include twin vanities, a large walk-in closet and additional storage space.
On the main floor, the vaulted solarium/family room is easily the most striking feature. Tropical plants will flourish in this sunny space, brightened by four skylights and a wall of windows. Quarry tile floors here, as well as in the foyer, kitchen and family room, further enhance the tropical flavor. The living room, foyer and den are three steps down from the rest of the main floor.
The kitchen is huge, allowing family members and friends plenty of space to cook together without bumping elbows. It is separated from the solarium/family room by only a cooking island/eating bar, allowing those working in the kitchen to be full participants in conversations elsewhere in the room.
Oak plank flooring gives an air of traditional formality to the dining room, in this otherwise informal home.
The location of the den, adjacent to the front entrance, is ideal for a home office. A small utility room, complete with a folding table and a laundry chute from the upper floor, is equally convenient to the kitchen and the garage.
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