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Craftsman-style home near downtown Naperville

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  • This craftsman-style home is in the West Highlands area near downtown Naperville.

      This craftsman-style home is in the West Highlands area near downtown Naperville.

  • The home has high-gloss hardwood floors throughout the first level, with the exception of the mud room.

      The home has high-gloss hardwood floors throughout the first level, with the exception of the mud room.

  • After entering the home, the trim detail is an immediate focal point.

      After entering the home, the trim detail is an immediate focal point.

 
By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent

This craftsman-style cedar and stone home near downtown Naperville is a nearly new prize.

Built only six years ago, it features high-gloss hardwood floors throughout the first floor, with the exception of the mud room where floors are ceramic tile. The upstairs hall is also hardwood, leading to four carpeted bedrooms.

The home boasts 9-foot ceilings on the first floor; an eat-in island kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a wine cooler; a gas-starter fireplace in the family room, a second-floor laundry room and vaulted or cathedral ceilings and skylights in selected rooms.

The yard is fenced and has an underground sprinkler system and a lovely paver patio with fire pit. The home also has a three-car garage and an unfinished basement plumbed for a future bathroom.

Listing agent Lynne Fusco of Prudential Elite Realtors of Naperville offers further details:

What is this home's hidden gem?

"A unique floor plan that positions the first-floor den in the back of the home and it has a surprise second-floor bonus room that currently acts as the children's own 'family room.' This space would also be ideal for another home office, if needed, a teen hangout or an exercise room."

What would your perfect buyer look like?

"Someone who likes to entertain in a natural setting will truly enjoy this large home. The floor plan easily accommodates large gatherings. The paver brick patio with built-in fire pit allows you to extend the party outdoors."

What surprises you about this house?

"For a home over 4,200 square feet, it has a warm, comfortable feel on the inside. Once you open the front door, the focal point is the gorgeous trim detail, extra wide entryway, extensive hardwood flooring and 'out of sight' staircase.

"The exterior curb appeal of the home is highlighted by the large, extra deep front porch with a beautiful beadboard ceiling and recessed lighting. Other exterior features include a professionally landscaped yard and an in-ground sprinkler system."

Which television show can you imagine taking place in this home?

" 'Parenthood' would be a television show that reminds one of this house. It is easy to picture a big family gathering around the large dining room table at holidays or friends and family attending special celebrations. There are many rooms to entertain in and enjoy each other's company. This home provides the ideal setting for creating long-lasting family memories."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"The location is a definite plus. The West Highlands area is so convenient to downtown Naperville, the Riverwalk, area festivals, walking distance to schools (Elmwood Elementary and Naperville Central High School), shopping, restaurants, you name it!"

What is one adjective that you would use to describe this house?

"Charming."

How would you describe the yard?

"At this time of year, the amazing fall colors not only in the yard, but driving throughout the entire neighborhood, truly are breathtaking. The mature trees canopy each street and are exploding with color against the large evergreens."

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