Finding a place to grow

Sunday, December 16, 2001

From the moment you step into the sunny foyer, you realize you are in a home for a family. The neighborhood, alive with children playing together outside, offers friendship and stability for a growing family.

This home, a warm brick and vinyl siding structure, houses a living room and dining room area, all neatly decorated with light carpeting and walls that transition easily from one room to another.

The kitchen is newly remodeled with oak cabinets and practical yet attractive wood laminate flooring. A sunny breakfast nook faces the back yard, and a step-down family room with a brick wood-burning fireplace gives a touch of warmth to the whole home.

An oak banister winds leisurely upstairs to the four bedrooms, including a roomy master bedroom, decorated with a restful mint green wall treatment. The master bathroom, also artfully decorated, includes its own linen closet and oak vanity area.

Another bathroom, located strategically near the other bedrooms, is decorated in a cheery yellow. All of the bedrooms are roomy and nicely decorated. All of the walls and doors of the home have been freshly painted, giving the impression of a much newer home.

For those always looking for practical points in a home, this one features both upstairs and downstairs heating and cooling units. The basement is finished except for the laundry and storage area, and offers plenty of room for a playroom for the kids, as well as an office equipped with its own sink. Even the unfinished area of the basement offers cabinetry for an efficient sewing or crafts area.

A fenced back yard offers peace of mind for families with children or pets. A sliding glass door off the family room leads to the lattice-covered patio, and a privacy fence allows for those few quiet moments when the adults of the family can relax on the patio with a morning coffee or summertime iced tea.

This home, located in the Alma Schrader school district, is priced at $159,000 and can be seen through Coldwell-Banker Hamilton Realty, 334-1818.

traddle@semissourian.com

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