To the manor born… or at least it will feel like it in this elegant yet easygoing French Country home designed by Visbeen Architects for a busy family who wants the best of the past and the present. Drawn from both French and English traditional architecture, this two-story, 3,698-square-foot home (plus an optional finished basement) is a pleasing and timeless blend of two perennially popular styles.
Driving up the circular driveway, the home’s front facade impresses with its distinctive details, including a covered porch, iron and stone accents, a roofline with multiple peaks, large windows, and a central turret capping two bay windows. The back is no less eye-catching, with a series of large central windows on all three floors overlooking the backyard, two decks, and both a covered main-floor screen porch and an open-air patio perfect for alfresco entertaining.
There’s magic on the inside too. The expansive main level revolves around a welcoming two-story foyer with a grand curved staircase that leads into the rest of the luxurious floor plan. Highlights of the public spaces on the left include a spacious two-story, light-filled living room with a wall of windows overlooking the backyard and a fireplace, an adjacent dining room perfect for entertaining with its own deck, and a open-plan kitchen with central island, convenient home management area, and walk-in pantry. A nearby screened porch is the perfect place for enjoying outdoors meals bug-free. On the right side of the plan, the secluded master suite includes a spa-like bath with double vanities and a large tub as well as a private deck, large walk-in closet, and secluded nearby study/office.
Upstairs, another 1,132 square feet of living space is designed with family living in mind, including two bedrooms, each with private bath and large closet, and a convenient kids' study with a peaked ceiling and bay window. The central circular staircase leads down to the lower level, which can be finished to hold a large family room, game room, kitchenette, bar, guest bedroom suite, handy exercise area, and access to a nearby covered patio, plus more storage (even for a boat!).