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An extensive renovation to a home on a quiet tree-lined street in Riverside Terrace brings a Zen factor to the original 1946 structure. This runs throughout the residence and in the backyard, where an oversized spa with a waterfall is a highlight of the salt water swimming pool.
Custom-made steel-frame doors with exotic scroll detailing set the stage for the house at 2412 Wichita St., opening to the grand two-story entry and staircase with Asian-inspired banister and hand rails. Restored rich wooden flooring flows into the large living room with 9-foot ceilings. A center wood-burning fireplace serves as the focal point, and new energy-efficient, double-pane casement windows allow for natural light to fill the area.
An oversized spa with a waterfall is a highlight of the salt water swimming pool.
An ornate entertainment bar with refrigerator, ice maker and sink is also readily at hand. The bar shares the same space with the formal dining room, where a wall of windows and French doors with access to the back gardens extends the length of the room.
The custom kitchen, open to the dining area, includes cabinetry with bronze hardware, stainless steel appliances and concrete countertops. Updated electrical fixtures, such as track and recessed lighting, are found in this hub of the home.
The master suite sits on the first floor and offers a built-in closet system and extended sitting niche. Highlights of the master bath include limestone floors, frameless glass shower and pedestal sink. Upstairs are the two additional bedrooms plus an office/study, all with hardwood flooring and ceiling fans and access to a second-story terrace. Two full baths with designer cabinetry, vanities and sconces are en suite.
A pergola defines the expansive patio, providing the perfect spot for entertaining with views of the landscaped backyard. Stone sidewalks lead to a saltwater pool and spa surrounded by Zen-like gardens.
Square footage: 2,772
Asking price: $779,000