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The wide main staircase rises to symmetrical balconies. A circular drive (top right) approaches the main entrance. An intricately carved surround (right) graces the family room fireplace.
The 'her' master bathroom uses ceramic tile throughout and is filled
An arched doorway and wrought-iron gate make up the entry to the wine cellar, which provides plenty of storage space.
Decorative columns used inside to define spaces mimic those used to support the front entry portico.
A hand carved mantle is a fine touch in the living room at 39 Carriage Hill Lane in Spotsylvania County. 10-09-2012 (Peter Cihelka/The Free Lance-Star) ------ 2 col color photos
The renovated kitchen features cherry cabinets, granite countertops and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.
The large formal dining room, graced with an antique crystal chandelier, previously held a table that easily seated 30 people.
Arched entries lead in and out of a large dining room and living room in the home at 39 Carriage Hill Lane in Spotsylvania County. 10-09-2012 (Peter Cihelka/The Free Lance-Star) ------ 3 col color photos
Arched openings that incorporate columns and pediments flank the foyer and lead to the living and dining rooms.
BY RICHARD AMRHINE
The most expensive property on this year's Parade of Homes is not new construction, but a thoroughly remodeled luxury property in Spotsylvania County's Carriage Hill subdivision.
Currently owned by the Angstadt Real Estate Group, 39 Carriage Hill Lane was built in 1980 after a two-year construction period. Situated on 5.6 acres, it is indeed a grand residence, offering six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and a half bath. It has 9,800 square feet of finished living space.
The home is listed for sale by Kristopher and Alicia Angstadt with an asking price of $1.29 million.
Carriage Hill Lane is off Harrison Road between U.S. 1 and Salem Church Road and is one of the 26 Parade of Homes sites welcoming visitors for the final weekend. The tour is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association.
The remodeling was handled by the Angstadt company's building and remodeling arm, and resulted in entirely new fixtures and cabinetry for the kitchen and bathrooms along with changes to update the floor plan.
"The interior is almost entirely new," Angstadt said. "But we kept the original features that set the house apart."
That this is a remarkable residence is evident from the moment of arrival. One is greeted by a circular concrete driveway with a center fountain surrounded by landscaping.
The large red double-door entrance is framed by four two-story tall ionic columns that support a gabled portico with a scalloped fascia. The original washed brick has been painted a cream color and the windows received new black shutters.
Inside is a jaw-dropping two-story foyer with a marble floor and a staircase that rises to a midway landing where it splits and continues to symmetrical balconies on either side.
To the left of the foyer is the living room, which has one of the home's custom marble fireplaces. To the right is the large dining room, which previously held a table to seat 30 guests.
The extensive main-level hardwood floors are original and have been beautifully refinished. Crystal chandeliers in the living room, dining room and foyer are antiques for which matching wall sconces were found.
The main level is designed for comfortable family living as well as entertaining--to the extent that the property could merit consideration as a retreat venue.
The detailed crown molding is original, but otherwise the trim, such as the dining room shadow boxes and beadboard wainscoting in several bathrooms, is new. Decorative ionic-style columns are also used inside to help define spaces.
Behind the living room and extending to the kitchen is the family room that offers access to the rear patio. The family room has a fireplace with an intricately carved wood surround.
The island kitchen was completely redone with granite countertops, cherry cabinets and Kenmore Pro-line stainless steel appliances. Those appliances include a 48-inch side-by-side refrigerator, oven wall and an induction cooktop that boils water in a minute while remaining cool to the touch. A casual dining area is nearby. A doorway and barstool-level opening tie the kitchen to the family room.
MORE LIVING SPACE
There are wings that flank the home's main two-story portion. One wing is split-level, and includes a large home office with cherry cabinets and shelving and a separate in-law or guest suite in the upper portion. Below is a recreation room with a wine cellar, bathroom and patio access.
The wing to the opposite side is single-level and houses two guest bedrooms that share a bathroom. The laundry room is also here, and in keeping with the rest of the house has cherry cabinets and a granite countertop.
On the upper level of the home's center portion are three bedrooms, including the master suite and two children's rooms, each of which has its own bathroom.
The master suite is a focal point of the home and was reconfigured somewhat during the remodeling. The large bedroom has another marble fireplace flanked by doors that access the dual outdoor balconies. On either side of the bedroom are bathrooms, one designed for him, the other for her. They each have tubs and separate tiled showers as well as large walk-in closets that double as dressing rooms. The closet hardware will be installed later to meet the new owner's preferences.
At the end of the house is the three-car garage, which also has been cleaned up, repainted and the floor given an epoxy coating. The garage opens to a wide concrete parking area.
The flat backyard is an inviting area for entertaining or recreation. There's a wide patio, a fenced tennis court and a gazebo back there as well as space for a future pool. Angstadt said the court can be resurfaced and configured for multi-sport use.
Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406