This wonderful 1930 Arts & Crafts bungalow has everything?inside and out. It is so much more than its 2800 square feet of living space and its large 1/2 acre lot. We invite you to step inside and see what it has to offer.
From the moment you enter the door, you'll find a bright and airy open living room with charming built-in bookshelves and a sunny window bench. This big room with inlaid wood floors is fabulous for entertaining, a great play space for the kids, and a warm place to curl up with a book or a guitar in front of the brick fireplace.
Pass through the arched hallway to a bright and completely remodeled eat-in cook's kitchen with a five burner stove, custom tile work, arched doorways and an ample pass-through pantry. The details of the house, from the formal dining room, to the automatic lighted closets and the intricate tiled bathroom floors, reflect the Arts and Crafts motifs from when the house was built.
There are four sizable bedrooms, each with its own distinct character and quality of light. Choose the south facing rooms for bright and sunny spaces, or the classic wood paneled rooms in the back addition for a cozy retreat facing the back garden. The fourth bedroom opens with French doors to a lovely sun porch that is functional all year round thanks to its charming soapstone and iron wood stove. On cold winter nights, step from the warm stove out onto the custom deck and into your own private all cedar hot tub for an aromatic deep soak under the stars.
The additional finished basement is a great play space with secret hideaways, a custom tiled half bath, and an old coal storage room that makes a great workshop. The unfinished attic, with high ceilings, tongue and groove floors and gorgeous dormer windows is a tempting target for a future expansion, or use it right now as a yoga studio or game room. The outdoor spaces rival the indoor for versatility and fun. An enormous double lot provides all sorts of possibilities - a soccer field on the south side bordered by apple and pear trees. A vegetable garden on the grassy back driveway. A fabulous deck for cookouts overlooking the back garden and a small pond perfect for watching tadpoles grow. Take the stairs down to do your gardening, or use the slide for a quick escape. A free standing garage with sliding barn door can hold all your bikes, garden and woodworking tools.
Keep going back, over the wooden boardwalks and past the cherry tree to a great surprise-an enclosed stone patio with a lap pool, brick barbecue and bar-the ultimate summer neighborhood gathering spot. There are benches to lounge on, a rope swing, and perfectly spaced trees for a hammock. A fully automatic cover keeps the pool warm, clean, and safe.
When all that play and garden work has worn you out, relax on the raised front porch and admire the gardens across the street or chat with the wonderful people in this quiet surprise of a neighborhood. Duke Park is full of professors and professionals, artists and community organizers, and families of all ages. It is home to the greatest playground in Durham, and is an easy walk to the Central Park district with its fabulous farmer's market and the newly restored Durham Athletic Park. A straight shot down North Mangum Street will take you to an architecturally revitalized Downtown, the Durham Performing Arts Center and the Durham Bulls field for a night of great baseball and fun for the price of a movie.
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