Breathtakingly beautiful

Sunday, July 28, 2002

JACKSON, Mo.

The phrase beyond your wildest dreams would seem to fit the home at 335 Indian Springs Drive in Jackson. It is one of those rare homes that combines the ultimate in unique style with a simple practicality.

This home is a two-story log home featuring 4,500 square feet of living space, a six-acre lake, a three-car garage,and a commercial shop building.

But that list doesn't adequately describe this home. Its story is told in its beautiful details, like a set of windows that go floor to ceiling to bring a magnificent outdoor view indoors. This home has an earthy feel, perfectly set on 11 acres of rolling field and woodlands. Its log home design, slate-look tile floors and even an indoor water garden bring nature's beauty inside for everyday pleasure.

The view of the house from the road is even breathtaking, with the six-acre lake and the charming lake gazebo giving it a storybook setting. It has an inviting front porch stretched along its front side, complete with rockers for sitting and enjoying the splendor of the scenery. The entrance door is a beautiful combination of classic oak and frosted glass with matching sidelights.

Stepping into the home, you are impressed with its spacious interior and warmth. It has an open floor plan, allowing the large kitchen and living room to meld easily together. The kitchen has unique custom oak cabinets, complete with plate displays and a burgundy trim to match the countertops. The modern, yet classic kitchen features a slick black refrigerator, built-in microwave and smooth top range.

In the dining area hangs a modern chandelier, giving an interesting elegant contrast to the rustic look of the log home. Massively high ceilings mimic the openness of the great outdoors, but the tongue-in-groove ceiling gives the home a special warmth. The coziness is accentuated with a stone gaslong fireplace that reaches floor to ceiling.

Another unique way of bringing nature indoors is the built-in stone water garden and waterfall, complete with water lilies and koi fish that is one of the focal points of the living room. But even the water garden view cannot compete with the view through the magnificent windows that stretch floor to ceiling. Modern track lighting unobtrusively lights the indoors.

A well-planned back porch is right off the living room, with separate entrances from it to the master bedroom. The portion of porch off the master bedroom is sheltered.

This home has many features that typical homes don't have. One of them is an exercise room large enough to accommodate a tanning bed and exercise equipment, located strategically next to the master bedroom. The master bathroom features a beautiful jacuzzi tub and a separate shower with a seat. One of the master suite's most clever design features is a vanity area that is concealed with folding doors.

This home features four bedrooms, four full baths, and one half bath, as well as a main level utility room off the kitchen. One of the upstairs bedrooms has interesting architectural features, such as two bay window areas.

The added plus of this home is that it features an apartment area for multi-generational families. The apartment is located just past the upstairs game room. The game room offers plenty of space for a pool table, television and stereo. The entire home is wired for surround sound.

The separate apartment features one bedroom, its own kitchen, separate entrance and parking area outside.

Another feature of this house is a large shop building next door. This shop building is large enough to store cars, boats or construction equipment. It lends itself to commercial use. The shop building is actually even larger than the house, encompassing almost 6,000 square feet. It has water, electricity, heat, insulation, and even its own bathroom. It has four 14-foot tall electric garage doors and the building has 18-foot ceilings.

And then there is the lake view in front, featuring a 90-foot steel walkway to the gazebo, also with a steel structure that has electricity for family cook-outs or romantic evenings watching the sun go down. Though in many ways the home is a world unto itself, where privacy abounds, it is located less than three miles from Jackson. Its generous 11 acre site makes it idea for those who want horses, or endless landscaping and gardening opportunities.

This luxurious and wondrous home is listed at $724,900, and is available for viewing through Re/Max achievers, 334-8800.

traddle@semissourian

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