Belle Haven home features authentic woodwork


Nestled deep in the sought after community of Belle Haven, this five bedroom, five bath colonial features authentic wood floors, an original slate roof and finely crafted extras that sets the foundation for a solid home. It is listed by Ellis Duncan at Coldwell Banker for $1,275,000.

The front door opens to a living room on the right with unique, wide planked oak floors, a wood burning fireplace, crown molding and tall windows that drench the room in light. Off the living room is the dining room, with the same wide planked floors, and opens to a private library, paneled in wood accented with a cathedral ceiling. The library features built-in bookshelves, windows on two walls, and a door that opens to the front patio.

There is also a door off the library in the back that leads to a fully screened in porch that features a flagstone floor. The porch looks out on a brick patio in the backyard, surrounded by rich landscaping and greenery. The backyard is partially shaded, featuring a fish pond and waterfall, as well as a bird sanctuary garden on the side.

The kitchen is located to the right of the dining room, featuring a contemporary design, accenting the colonial design in the rest of the house. This room was expanded in the mid 1980s, and features a sun drenched breakfast room off the back, with cathedral ceiling and skylight.

The stairway to the right of the front door goes up five steps to a mid-level bedroom, complete with a full bath. Continue up the stairs to the second level, featuring two bedrooms, each with its own full bath. In the hall between the rooms is a linen closet and drawers right in the hall. The bedroom in the rear of the house acts as a summer master bedroom for the current owners, with a private sundeck overlooking the backyard. Another set of stairs leads to the attic which was converted into the fourth bedroom with another private bath. This room features a cedar lined closet, with a closet window facing east.

The full basement features a pine paneled recreation room with a wood burning fireplace and deep windows with extra large window wells that lets in more natural light. Off the family room is a large laundry/workroom and another bedroom, known as the maids room, with a full bath. There is a large storage facility neatly tucked away under the stairs, and has a one car garage accessed from a door off the stairway leading to the rec room.

This home was built in 1940, library and oak floors added in 1942, and underwent a few modifications through the years.