Every now and then, you encounter a home that features a design that was way ahead of its time.
A 2,732-square-foot walkout bungalow situated on a huge riverfront lot at 6383 Southboine Dr. in Charleswood is one of those homes, Glen Williams of Century 21 Bachman & Associates says.
"This is just an exceptional home," he says. "It was actually architecturally designed so that the sun shines into at least one space at any time of the day. Not only that, but it also features an open-concept design throughout. That’s not a common feature for a home of its vintage."
While the sprawling home was built in 1971, it doesn’t feel its age.
"That’s because you walk directly into a living room with a 14-foot ceiling," Williams says. "It creates a real sense of space, while gorgeous African Cherrywood hardwood flooring and a wood-burning fireplace with classic Tyndall stone surround give it a nice, warm feel. It’s a beautiful way to enter a home with light shining in from windows up above."
Although the home isn’t open concept in a contemporary sense — the dining area and kitchen aren’t visible from the foyer — there’s still a palpable sense of volume and connection between spaces.
A quick look around reveals spaces running to the left and right of the living room.
First, there’s a recessed wing to the left that holds a den and the master suite. A formal dining room was placed to the right, between the living room and kitchen; a doorway behind the dining room then leads into a rather incredible space that contains a kitchen, informal dining area and media area.
Entering the light-filled space is like walking into a gigantic solarium.
"The rear and side walls are lined with windows. Patio doors to the left and rear walls lead out to backyard decks, while the windows provide beautiful views of mature trees, the resort-like backyard and river behind," he says. "Tons of natural light flows in from the windows, while more sunlight slants in from a bank of windows placed high above the entrance."
With all the sunlight, views and access to the decks and in-ground pool, it’s an amazing place to spend time in the summer or winter.
"In summer, you can enjoy the deck, pool and river views — it’s a perfect summer retreat. In winter, you can put on the wood-burning fireplace and enjoy a game or movie in the comfort of the media area while watching deer and other wildlife walk by in the backyard."
Meanwhile, a discreetly placed doorway off the rear of the kitchen leads to a trio of spaces that, for all intents and purposes, shouldn’t exist in a home that’s nearly 49 years old.
"It transitions neatly into a mud room with a doorway that leads into a wing with a four-piece bath, laundry room and bedroom. It’s a perfect area for a teenager or for an in-law suite."
The master suite was placed in its own private corner of the home.
"At 23 feet by 15 feet, it’s a tranquil, luxurious space that comes with a huge walk-in closet and a spa-inspired six-piece ensuite with jetted soaker tub, tile floor, seven-foot shower and separate steam shower," Williams says. "There’s also a gorgeous floating Cherrywood vanity with dual sinks and built-in makeup table."
Downstairs is a walkout lower level that’s packed with potential.
"The vendors’ engineer determined that incoming owners could easily expand it by removing the rec room wall that faces the yard, making for a wall of windows and direct access to the double doors that lead out to the backyard," he says. "There’s also a bedroom, four-piece bath and storage/mechanical room with two high-efficiency furnaces."
Finally, there’s the home’s location, which is simply phenomenal, Williams says.
"You don’t find many cool homes like this, especially on such a huge, beautifully treed riverfront lot. The home’s design and location come together in such a way that everything ties together to create a very special home. Its design is timeless, and it’s situated on a lot that’s second-to-none."
Location: 6383 Southboine Dr., Charleswood
Year Built: 1971
Style: bungalow with walkout basement
Size: 2,732 square feet
Contact: Glen Williams, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 204-453-7653