Friday, March 5, 2010
From 'Cradle to Grave' in Kemp Mill Estates
Welcome to 718 Horton Drive in sought after Kemp Mill Estates. Listed by Long & Foster. This home is in a very desirable quadrant of Kemp Mill,located between Lamberton Drive and Kemp Mill Road. While the home isn't on a cul-de-sac street and Horton Drive isn't a "no outlet street",it is a short quiet destination street. Most people don't drive on Horton in order to enter or exit the subdivision since it doesn't connect main roads.
Another interesting feature about Horton Drive is that the "even side" of the street has a sidewalk,which stops just before 718 Horton Drive.
718 Horton Drive has a driveway and has good curb appeal. You can tell the home is well kept. You can enter through the front door,or the side door where the kitchen is. In addition the home has a walkout basement with sliding doors to a lovely fenced backyard. The backyard is a generous size and includes a basketball court and a storage shed.
Once you enter through the front door you will need to take one step up or several step downs. To your immediate left is the coat closet;straight ahead is the entry foyer,which you need to step up into;almost immediately in front of you are the steps to the basement and to the right is the kitchen,which you step up into. Not a big deal to take one step up to the main level area,but surprised, with the concept of a rambler,that the builder didn't design the entry to be competely level with the rest of the area.
The kitchen is well maintained. It has a front bay window and a side entrance. The counters and floors are clean and original. There is room for a diner table in the kitchen. The sellers chose to give the buyers an opportunity to make the kitchen their own and factored that into their asking price of $459k. The dining room and living room are open. The sellers had the home painted over the summer so it is fresh and clean.
The master bedroom is at the end of the hallway on the left side. It is has 2 exposures and built in closet/shelf space. The bathroom is clean and room to add a medicine cabinet for toiletries. The second bedroom,right across from the master bedroom also has 2 exposures and 2 sets of closets. The third bedroom has one closet and appears smaller than the second bedroom. There is a second full bath in the hall for the other 2 bedrooms and guests to use.
Downstairs is a nice family room/play area and there are sliding doors to the backyard.
To your immediate left of the play area is a full bath and a generous sized laundry area. Not everyone with this home model has a full bath in the basement (and wouldn't be hard to add if they didn't),but it makes perfect sense,with there being bedrooms downstairs and adds value.
Down the hall is one bedroom with 2 exposures and a closet. I'd add a carpet. To the right of the steps is the second downstairs bedroom,again,which not all models have and this adds value to the home. The bedroom has closet space and a window. Some owners of this model leave the area unfinished,perhaps to use as storage space,and there is storage space under the steps. Other owners have finished this room,but it doesn't have a window. So it has value as an office,but might not be considered a full bedroom.
The home shows well,is very clean and move in ready. If you want a fully updated home then preview this home. If you like it,figure out the costs of the renovations you would do and if the numbers work.
There is a similar home located at 11725 Stonington Road,which is more upgraded than 718 Horton Drive. However,11725 Stonington only has 1 bedroom downstairs (if you want a 5th bedroom/office,you would need to finish the area). In addition,it has a 1/2 bath downstairs (no shower or tub).
The thing you cannot change to 718 Horton Drive without structural work is if you want/need the home to be on one floor. In order to go the backyard from inside the home,you need to go downstairs. If you want a family room on the main level (get an addition),you could perhaps set up the living room as a family room if you don't need a larger area and change it to more of a living room when you are entertaining a large group of guests. .
Again,the home is neat,well kept,on a side street in a sought after section of Kemp Mill.
If you or someone you know is interesting in seeing the home,let me know.
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