November 06, 2010

Home owned by carpenter is move-in ready

Michael Manfredi, who worked in construction for over three decades, knows the importance of details in a home.

So, in 1998, when he and his wife, Joelyn, purchased the raised ranch at 289 Hill St., he went straight to work improving the house, always focusing on the details.

The Manfredis purchased the home from an elderly couple who had it built to their specifications in 1977.

"The house was a little bit in decline," said Manfredi, but with his own expertise and the help of others, they set to work doing repairs and updates. "It was truly a labor of love. We wanted to improve it and build it up."

Some of their major renovations included redoing the eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry handmade by Manfredi, new appliances, tile floors and granite counters. Two bathrooms, one of which connects to the master-bedroom, were also completely remodeled with top-of-the-line fixtures.

But it is really the details of the house that make it stand out, and show the love that Michael and Joelyn put into their home. Flawlessly installed crown molding graces the walls of each room, along with colonial base trim. The hardwood flooring that runs throughout the house has been refinished, new doors put in on all the closets and room entrances, and overhead lighting installed into each of the rooms. A pellet-stove sits in the living room, surrounded by unique exposed brick. Though it can easily be restored to a wood-burning fireplace, Manfredi installed it because he "didn't want to drag logs in and out of the formal living room."

These small changes have made a big difference in the house.

"It is completely move-in ready," said Houlihan Lawrence listing agent Kim Nicosia. "All the new owners will have to do is change the wall colors according to their preference. It's very rare to find that today. You come into this home, and you just know, there's nothing that needs to be changed."

Even changing the wall colors may not be necessary for new buyers. The house is decorated in neutral colors, which makes the light that pours in through double-paned windows brighter, even downstairs. There, you find the family room, which opens out to a level patio in the backyard. There is a full second bath and a guest bedroom on that floor, as well as a laundry room and an indoor entrance to a two-car garage.

Upstairs, there are three large bedrooms. The master-bedroom has a separate entrance to the full bathroom upstairs, which features granite counters and custom maple cabinetry. The formal living room features an exposed brick wall with pellet-stove, and high, slanted ceilings, for a uniquely styled room. The living room opens into a formal dining room, which has access to a raised deck, large enough for outdoor entertaining.

The backyard is a real highlight of the property. It is rare to find such a large, flat tract of land in Mahopac with this much privacy.

"My favorite aspect of the house," Manfredi said, "is that I can come home, walk out to the deck with a cup of coffee, and sit and feel completely private. I can see a little bit of the golf course, but no other houses. It looks out here the way most yards must have looked in the 1940s." Indeed, the seclusion of the yard lends itself to a variety of wildlife, including deer and wild turkey, crossing the property from time to time. In the winter, Manfredi said, "the trees drop their leaves and give a view of the enormous golf course. When snow blankets everything, it looks as though the yard has doubled in size. We used to bring our daughter, Madelyn, out in the back to go sledding."

Even with such privacy, the home is very much situated in a neighborhood.

"The school bus comes right up to the driveway," Nicosia said. Elementary school students in this neighborhood attend Austin Road.

The airport soccer fields, which were once a very real airport with unique planes that Manfredi would watch take off, are just down the road, as is Sycamore Park, and of course, the Putnam County National Golf Club, which can be viewed from the home's backyard.

Though the Manfredi family will miss the home, they are excited for what lies ahead. Once Madelyn graduates from high school this June, they plan to relocate to South Carolina, where Joelyn is already working at a new job. Madelyn plans to attend one of the colleges there, and Michael, who recently retired from the carpenter's union, says he is looking forward to "warmer weather and an easier life."

For more information on this home, contact Houlihan Lawrence realtor Kimberly Nicosia at 845-628-3401, ext. 312 or 917-734-8307.

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