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In the overdone world of cookie-cutter McMansions, it's refreshing to find a home boasting the charm of a previous era. We applaud the owners of this "cottage" at 5902 Lake St. in West University. While the 1938 lines of the house have been preserved, the interior has been smartly updated for contemporary living.
What's inside: The bright red door welcomes guests to the cozy three-bedroom home that offers modern-era entertaining areas with the updated gourmet kitchen and adjacent family room.
The second-floor houses a guest room and the master bedroom which features a vaulted ceiling and modern bath with his and hers vanities. A third bedroom and half-bath are located on the first floor. One of the bedrooms easily converts to a home office or study.
The corner lot location is advantageous, providing car entry to the detached two-car garage from the side street. The intimate backyard is a world unto itself with brick paved patio and a pergola. An ample patch of artificial grass is lined with gray pebbles for a distinctive and relatively maintenance-free backyard.
Square footage: 1,578 on a 5,000 square foot lot (Sadly, the temptation is to tear down and build bigger.)
Asking price: $849,999