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Please don't tear this house down! West University cottage, delightfully updated, exudes charm of previous era

Don't tear this house down! Updated West U cottage exudes charm

5902 Lake exterior
Built in 1938, the traditional cottage exterior belies modern updates inside. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake kitchen
The gourmet kitchen should please any home chef. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake living room
Even the family room enjoys contemporary updates in lighting, ceiling fan and built-ins. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake living room and kitchen
A second view of the family room. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake office
One of two bedrooms that could be converted to a study. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake master bedroom
The second-floor master bedroom has vaulted ceilings. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake master bath
The master bath features his and hers vanities and walk-in shower. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake closet
Closets have been outfitted for the contemporary home owner. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake kitchen and dining room
The breakfast area. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake backyard
The detached two-car garage is accessible from the side street and the backyard. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake backyard
Brick pavers and a patch of artificial grass make this backyard very low-maintenance. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake exterior
One more look at the house exterior. Courtesy photo by John Daugherty Realtors
5902 Lake exterior
5902 Lake kitchen
5902 Lake living room
5902 Lake living room and kitchen
5902 Lake office
5902 Lake master bedroom
5902 Lake master bath
5902 Lake closet
5902 Lake kitchen and dining room
5902 Lake backyard
5902 Lake backyard
5902 Lake exterior

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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

Listing agent:  Michael Silva, John Daugherty Realtors