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Harlan Hills Neighborhood

A beautifully landscaped pathway leads to the front door of this prairie craftsman style house at 5757 Dawley Drive.  An oversized porch, with plenty of room for a bench, chair or planters, gives a welcoming touch to the sand colored stucco and gray wood-sided home.

Inside, a grand entrance awaits – providing an open feel to this contemporary yet transitional home.  A built-in 2-sided glass shelving unit is both elegant and functional – separating the entry from the great room beyond. Just follow the warm red birch floor.

Straight ahead you’ll find a great room with gas fireplace and another sitting area that could also be used as a formal dining space.  Both have huge windows overlooking the gorgeous garden oasis out back.  You’ll feel like you’re letting the outdoors in.

Just off the great room, French doors open to another space that would make a great office, den, or TV room.

Back past the entryway, you’ll see a built-in corner cocktail niche, great for entertaining.  A powder room just to your right is uniquely decorated with a striking wall mural – a replica of a painting by artist Gustav Klimt.

Up next is the dining area with built-in drawers, a granite countertop, beverage fridge and a second oven.  Along with the adjacent kitchen, this room also overlooks the beautiful backyard.

The oversized chef’s kitchen features plenty of storage with extra wide cherry drawers and cabinets, a built-in pantry, granite counters, a 5-burner gas stove, hidden appliance nook, and a cute corner window.  There’s an LG refrigerator and Frigidaire range.  Open lower corner shelving can be used for your cooking convenience – or to display art, cookware, bowls or glasses – and frosted glass upper cabinets add interest to the room.  And above the fridge, you’ll find the perfect spot for a kitchen TV!

Leaving the kitchen, heading toward the back door that leads to the garage, you’ll encounter  the mudroom of your dreams.  It’s much more than a laundry room, although it does hold a raised Whirlpool washer and gas dryer.  There are cubbies with shelves for coats, boots and backpacks.  And there’s a sink and large raised portable folding table – with space for Fido’s crate or pet station underneath.  Huge Anderson windows overlook the side yard.

Through the back door, you’ll enter the 3-car garage with its giant built-in loft storage area.  What a great way to maximize your space.

Back inside, take the carpeted stairs down to the lower level, which was added just 3 years ago.  To your immediate left is an alcove that perfectly fits a game table.  There are convenient built-in shelves on the right to hold everything from games and toys, to blankets, photos or art.

Straight ahead is the theater room with its large projection TV.  Acoustic tiles in the ceiling work to tamp down the movie “sounds” – to keep noise from reaching the main floor above.  There’s also a kitchenette with a sink, GE beverage fridge, mini microwave, and hanging shelves over the quartz countertops.  Although much of the storage is kept hidden behind closed doors (and the theater room’s sliding barn doors) there is a surprising amount of storage space to be found.

A conveniently located ¾ bath features a linen closet, shower, and quartz countertops – with another large closet across the hall.  If you like to work out, you’ll love the workout room.  But if not, there are plenty of other uses for this space – from a kids’ playroom to craft room.  A 4th bedroom at the end of the hall is set off by wide windows that let in natural light – and a walk-in closet so large it’s practically a room of its own.

Back upstairs, a wood and black iron railing line the staircase leading to a loft-like landing area with a double corner desk.  Overlooking the yard below, this is the perfect office space for students, parents working from home, or just a quiet space to pay your bills or check your email.

On the left of the stairs is the first kids/guest room.  It has a large walk-in closet.  And like the main level, each room is highlighted by huge windows overlooking the lush greenery of the trees and plants outside.  The 2nd kids/guest room is similar but with a double bi-fold door closet with built-in organizers.  A hallway bathroom features a large soaking tub and linen closet.

Huge windows in the owner’s suite, are especially inviting and appealing – giving the room a calm and serene feel.  Just what you need when going to sleep – or waking up each morning.  You almost feel like you’re outside.  An ensuite bath has comfort height quartz counters with separate sinks, and a large double-head shower.  The enormous walk-in closet maximizes space with built in organizers.

With all the window views of the surrounding greenery, you may not feel the need to go outside, but you’ll certainly want to.  An expanded stone paver patio is a great size for entertaining.  It will easily fit conversational seating, a table and chairs, or both – with space left over for a grill.  Uplights provide soft lighting at night, while birds sing in the morning.  Boulders intermingled with flowering plants paint a beautiful backdrop.  But if you get tired of all this natural beauty and relaxation, just hop on the bike/walking path, easily accessible right from your own backyard.