Radiant ranch

Sunday, May 8, 2005

An example of the new ranch-style home, this property at 2658 Mansfield Place i Jackson combines simplicity and style. Visitors can see it during an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. today.

It has classic white vinyl combined with eye-catching burgundy shutters and an entry door with a quaint half-moon window. The front porch offers an inviting reception and a peaceful spot for a morning cup of coffee or afternoon lemonade.

With a level, easily maintained yard and simple but elegant landscaping, this is a great home for a young family or a couple wishing to downsize a bit.

Inside, this home has many updates, including recently installed cherry hardwood inlay floors. With a cathedral ceiling, the large windows bring in abundant light to visually enlarge the space.

This home also has a cozy eat-in kitchen, with warm oak cabinetry, all modern appliances and a double stainless steel sink with a window above it for a nice backyard view. French-style sliding patio doors lead to a roomy deck, a perfect spot for summertime entertaining. Close by is an exit to the home's two-car garage.

This home has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom is large enough to accommodate heavy antique furniture, and it has a large, well-organized walk-in closet along with a sumptuous master bathroom. The master bath includes a single-sink vanity encased in warm oak, and a large vanity mirror and tub/shower.

The home's other two bedrooms are currently designed as children's rooms. One features soft pink walls -- a dream room for a little girl. It also has a roomy walk-in closet, a white ceiling fan for good air circulation, and a large window for abundant light.

The other bedroom has white walls, a roomy folding door closet, and a ceiling fan and large window. The main-level bathroom is conveniently situated at the end of the hall between the two bedrooms.

In addition to the home's main level, this home also has a finished basement containing a large family room. The focal point of the room is a handsome oak-mantled gas log fireplace.

The downstairs has plenty of space for the family room, a small office area, and a play area. While it is not a walk-out basement, the nice lighting eliminates a basement feel. Also downstairs is a large unfinished area for storage.


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