Monday, June 04, 2007

My dream house (well... almost)

Funny we should be talking about the city mouse and the country mouse this week, as I've given a lot of thought to where I want to live, and I believe I may have found my dream house (well, close enough) yesterday. It is ideal in so many ways.

There is a dramatic two-story entry with wood flooring. The formal living room is off to the left (which I would convert into an office for myself) and a formal dining room to the right (which would most definitely be used frequently). Both have triple crown molding and chair rails to add that decorative touch. Directly in front of the entry is the stairway, which I will get to in a few moments. If you go past the stairway, you enter a large family room with built ins and a few niches placed throughout for artwork or show pieces. The family room can hold a 60 inch TV easily, with room to spare, and it also has a granite-surrounded wood and gas burning fireplace. The family room looks onto the back yard where there is a large area for grilling or chilling with your family and friends. (More about the back yard in a moment, too). If you enter the formal dining room instead of going through the entry to the family room, there is an entrance to a fabulous kitchen with granite countertops and under-cabinet lighting. The kitchen is spacious with a generous-sized island in the middle. At the far end of the kitchen is the breakfast area, easily suitable for a table for four. There is a three car garage to the left. upon entering the breakfast area, there is a door to the right which opens to a huge laundry room. Past the breakfast room is a downstairs guest bedroom complete with private bathroom. The guest room has bay windows with a view of the back yard.

Back at the entry way... just past the stairs and to the left is a hallway with a linen closet and half bath with decorative pedestal sink. The hall leads in the opposite direction to the master suite, large enough for a king-sized bedroom set and a sitting area. The master bathroom is gorgeous with an oversized shower stall, double sinks, marble counters, a vanity area, a large linen closet, jacuzzi bathtub (that I could surround with candles for a relaxing evening), and a GINORMOUS walk-in closet. The sitting area of the bedroom also has bay windows looking out onto the sparkling swimming pool and spa set with natural stone and using the latest salt-water technology. The entire bottom floor has large windows with double-paned glass, a money-saver here in Texas during our long, hot summers.

Back at the entry way again, and this time up the stairs, there is a game room with plenty of room for billiards, air hockey or ping-pong, as well as tv, gaming systems, or whatever the children fancy. And did I mention that the house is pre-wired for surround sound both up and downstairs? Down a short hall to the left is a bedroom and another private bathroom. To the right of the gameroom are two bedrooms connected to each other by a computer bridge. It is similar to a mini-office and makes a great place to hook up the new computer, printer, fax machine, etc and a great place to study and do homework. It has an area where you can look out onto the family room below. These two bedrooms have large walk-in closets and share a fourth bathroom. And I failed to mention that an extra door has been cut into the wall leading to the attic virtually eliminating the need for the pull-down stairs (which are there, just in case you need them). Half of the attic has finished flooring and could easily be converted into another bedroom or play room, but also serves as easy access for storage without hauling items up those narrow, rickety stairs we usually use to access the attic. (No basements here in Texas, by the way.)

The tour is complete, and I, for one, am impressed by this 4400 square foot home which would be ideal for my family of six. We have long ago outgrown our 2500 square feet! Oh, to dream! We can't afford it, but a girl has to have something to dream about. Room for us to spread out! Room to entertain! A swimming pool and hot tub, a master bathroom and closet to die for! A gourmet kitchen. Five bedrooms, 4 and a half baths, three car garage, huge laundry room. I wish it weren't only my "dream" home!


  1. dreams are cool, gives you a target aim for, and if you hit near enough, well, that's good...

    I always wanted to buy a hill, and build under it...I just can't beleive the price of hills over here, that's if you are lucky enough to find one for sale...

  2. the house sounds wonderful,wish it wasn't only a dream. Sometimes little homes ( like mine) force us to be closer to one another. Happiness and love is all we need


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