Thursday, October 29, 2015

Clean Lined Transitional With a French Soul is a University Park Game-Changer

3104 Hanover ext

Designed by one of our fair city’s hottest starchitects, Robbie Fusch of Fusch Architects, 3104 Hanover is one of the most exciting new home builds I have seen in years. Built as a completely custom home, it is actually for sale as a custom spec home. Once you step inside, and get a load of all the extras (waterfall carrarra, extra wide halls, 300 year old beams, ship lap on walls and ceilings, double washer dryer in laundry…) you will only be thinking of financing, calling the movers and moving in.

Let’s start with the exterior. The builder, Jonathan Booth of Booth Brothers Homes, created a stunning French slur for the exterior with ceiling to floor windows. Note the side steps to the beautiful front door.

In the extra large foyer, you immediately see the work of Dallas designer Marci Barnes. Her clean-lined traditional looks are her signature, and this foyer is decked out with a regency flair.

By the way, wallpaper is in again, and grasscloth is the hottest!

The foyer hallway is Jonthan Booth’s signature: hallways wide enough to even hold a chair or too. To the right is the study lined with shelves and cabinets, able to be closed off with a glass pocket door. This room also has a “resource” room/closet for files and papers. To the left is the huge dining room, connected to the kitchen by a large Butler’s Pantry that includes a wine cellar, icemaker, and storage.

Back to the main hall: it leads in a few steps to the heart-beat of the home, a family-centered hub for entertainment, dining and living. It’s anchored by a Great Room, a Keeping Room, a breakfast room, and the magnificent kitchen.

“This is how I picture this area for entertainment,” Jonathan told me. “The guys are in the Great Room watching the game on TV, the wives are in the Keeping Room sipping wine, the kids are at the kitchen table in the breakfast room playing games, eating. It’s definitely three separate living areas but all are inter-connected, so you have these sub-areas within the whole.”

The Great Room features huge, dark-wood antique wood beams from the oldest tobacco plantation in North Carolina, some 300 years old. Look closely, you can even see where initials have been carved. They are hand-notched and extend to the exterior porch with grilling area.

Then, there is the kitchen: oversized sink, waterfall Bianca carrarra marble island, top of the line appliances and double dishwashers. A nook-like mom’s office is off the kitchen, nestled under the back staircase.

The main stairway to the second story features a resting point with a window seat. All bedrooms are upstairs, including a dramatic master suite with cathedral ship lap wood ceiling, overlooking the back yard. The master bath is like a Four Seasons, only better with a huge walk-in closet. The ship lap treatment is repeated on some bedroom walls for interest. The home has five bedrooms, five full baths and two powder rooms, including a spacious one off the main foyer. There is a mud room off the two-car rear entrance garage with cubbies and shelves for back-pack storage, an upstairs laundry room with sink, long counter, and room for double washer/dryers or a washer/dryer pair and an upstairs freezer. Love this! There are also two separate playrooms for children, including one at the top of the back stairway. The home is 6027 square feet on a quarter acre lot on one of UP’s most coveted streets. Built by Booth Brothers Homes, listed with Hunter Dehn Luxury Real Estate for $2,895,000.

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