One of the town's newest homes is a Colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac at 16 Side Hill Road in the Old Hill area.
Built this year by SIR Development, this house has 6,870 square feet of living space on three levels including six bedrooms, a wine cellar with built-in racks for 216 bottles, and a gym with rubber floor and mirrored wall. One bedroom on the lower level could be an au pair suite.
The house is at the end of the cul-de-sac on a 1.1-acre piece of property that is surrounded by a border of trees. The property abuts a 62-acre nature preserve, which augments the privacy.
At the front entrance of the house there is a veranda with four white columns. The front door, which is flanked by sidelights, opens to a two-story, center hall foyer. The first feature, which is immediately visible, is the hardwood floors. Unlike the typical natural wood stains or brown-tones, these floors have a sophisticated pale gray stain.
The space is open, flexible, functional and well thought out.
The formal living room has a wide fireplace with a marble surround. The formal dining room has a coffered ceiling. Between the dining room and kitchen is a butler's pantry with a wet bar, marble counters, glass front cabinets and a beverage refrigerator.
In the family room there are exposed beams, a yellow brick fireplace, and a door to a covered bluestone patio with two white columns. The builder constructed the house with a lot of thought. At a recent open house, one person remarked that the family room fireplace was strategically placed so that it is visible from the large gourmet kitchen.
"That way, in the winter, if there's a roaring fire you can enjoy it from more than just one room," the man said.
Deep crown molding decorates most of the first floor including the kitchen, which also features tray ceilings above the main portion and the eat-in section. Also found in the kitchen are the gray wood flooring, walk-in pantry, built-in desk area, marble tops on the counters and center island, a marble backsplash installed on the diagonal, and a deep rectangular stainless sink. Appliances include a Wolf range with six burners and double ovens, and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The kitchen has a door to a stone patio in the backyard.
At one end of the house is a hallway with an office, full bath, and a door to the backyard. The bath has an open shower stall, which is ideal for someone coming back inside from an afternoon or gardening or play. A large mudroom has a built-in bench, cubbies, closet and access to the three-car garage.
On the second floor there is a huge master bedroom suite with a marble fireplace, his and hers walk-in closets, and a private balcony/wood deck. It also has a sitting room with a "breakfast" kitchen area that has a marble counter, cabinets and a beverage refrigerator. This is a popular feature in many new houses so that the homeowners can enjoy their morning coffee while getting ready for the day without having to go downstairs to the main kitchen.
The marble master bath has a deep soaking tub and large shower.
On the lower level there is wall-to-wall carpeting. The media room is wired for Surround Sound and also has a stone fireplace.
There is no swimming pool, but there is room to install one.
There will be an open house on the property Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
TYPE: Colonial, new construction
ADDRESS: 16 Side Hill Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15
AMENITIES: beach rights, proximity to Earthplace nature center, located on a cul-de-sac, circular driveway lined in Belgian block, four fireplaces, 1.1-acre level parcel, property borders a 62-acre nature preserve, professionally designed landscaping, exterior sprinkler system, bluestone veranda, stone patio, security system, butler's pantry, mudroom, balcony, homework area, wine cellar, ample parking for entertaining, wet bar, hardwood floors throughout, exposed beams, nine-foot ceilings on all three levels, gym, built-in bookshelves
OTHER INFORMATION: six bedrooms, six full and one half baths, three-car attached garage, full finished basement, walk-up attic, zoned gas heat, zoned central air conditioning, laundry/utility room, front and rear staircases, room for an in-ground swimming pool, septic system, well water
SCHOOLS: Kings Highway Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
ASSESSMENT: new construction, not set
TAX RATE: 18.07 mills
TAXES: new construction, not set