PRLog - June 14, 2012 - DURHAM, N.C. -- DURHAM, NC – Located off Cole Mill Road near Croasdaile Country Club and within 10 minutes of Duke University and Medical Center, Downtown Durham, and numerous options for shopping, dining, and entertainment, 46 Appleton Place is a clearly treasured modernist-style home. Upon arrival, visitors are charmed by the secluded positioning of the home, atop a hill overlooking a serene spring-fed duck pond visited regularly by Canadian geese, herons, turtles, and catfish. Hardwoods and verdant plantings including Japanese maples, rhododendrons and azaleas surround the home’s lovely exterior of brick and wood siding punctuated with expansive windows and tiered decks, and crowned with architectural designer roof shingles. Natural walking trails, brick walkways, a stone wall, and stone stairways on the property only add to the home’s appeal. 46 Appleton Place is without question an inviting natural retreat.
Appleton Side View
“46 Appleton Place was created by local architect Max Isley,” says Sarah Artz, Prudential York Simpson Underwood Real Estate Broker. “The home was designed with a contemporary open space concept in its U-shaped floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wood burning fireplaces. Inside and out, it’s very special… It radiates a sense of tranquility in its wooded, water-side setting, making it hard to believe it’s so close to shopping, Downtown, and Duke, as well as I-85 and NC 147. My husband Welsford and I invite you to come and tour this remarkable home.”
So what are the features of this contemporary home? For starters, its welcoming foyer opens to the dining area, with both of these spacious quarters overlooking the deck, back patios, and wooded grounds. A sunken 25’ x 20’ living room features an impressive floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, soaring cathedral and beamed wood ceilings, and a wall of windows for panoramic views of the duck pond. Glass doors open to the kitchen, abundant with cabinetry and Corian solid surface countertops. A center island, double-oven, and smooth surface cooktop with vented hood complete the kitchen, along with a refrigerator that conveys with the home. Adjoining the kitchen are the breakfast area and family room, allowing for family conversation and the ability to entertain while preparing meals. The lovely cathedral and beamed wood ceiling continues in these rooms, as well as versatile built-in cabinetry in the family room.
In keeping with the contemporary theme, the main level master bedroom features a fireplace, cathedral ceiling with fan, built-ins, and a water view balcony, in addition to large closets, a luxurious bath, and an optional sauna room. Rounding out the main level is a sunroom/study with three marvelous walls of windows overlooking the grounds and duck pond.
Downstairs provides three additional bedrooms, two full baths, a large laundry room, a wet bar, and two areas for entertaining, recreation, exercise, or media that open to the two lower patios and grounds. As if all of this isn’t enough, the home includes four additional fireplaces, low maintenance flooring in the form of hardwoods, ceramic tile, and brick, a second laundry area, and a 2-car side loading garage. And… although the duck pond adjoining 46 Appleton Place backs up to the 13th hole at Croasdaile County Club’s championship golf course (unseen from the property), no home owner’s dues are required! At 4,869 square feet, 46 Appleton Place is priced at $820,000; an absolute bargain for all that it offers.
According to the home’s current owner, the grounds offer luscious greens in the spring and summer, and beautiful yellows, browns, and reds in the fall. “The woods create an oasis that permeates the interior through the windows… The songs of the birds and the greetings of the geese are the prominent sounds we hear; in fact, we hear very little noise from traffic,” says the owner. “The proximity of the pond enhances a feeling of peacefulness. I’ve often found my eyes wandering from the task at hand to the grounds, the pond, and the surrounding forest. The living room’s large windows provide a splendid view of the rising sun each morning over the pond, illuminating the interior in a friendly, uplifting way. We’ll miss this home, and we wish its future owners all the happiness we’ve found here.”
From its exceptional park-like setting and outdoor living spaces for relaxing and entertaining to its modernist, expansive interior, 46 Appleton Place is indeed an inviting natural retreat. Take Sarah and Welsford up on their invitation to tour this spectacular home and see for yourself, before the opportunity is no longer available. For more information or to schedule a private viewing, contact Sarah Artz at (919) 630-1157.