From the curb, Ken and Juliette Williamson's home in Linwood looks like a small rancher. Looks can be deceiving. This house is not small. It has up to five bedrooms, three full baths and about 3,300 square feet of living space. And it's no rancher, not with a second floor that includes a huge loft with a regulation billiards table, a bedroom, a full bathroom, and a bonus room above the garage.
"It's much bigger than it appears from outside, says Ken, a retired salesman with Kensington Furniture. "It's even a little bit more house than we thought it was."
The Williamsons' house is one of 23 built by K. Hovnanian on Fallingwater Drive, a cul-de-sac just down New Road from Mainland High School that snakes into wetlands bordering Patcong Creek.
Ken and Juliette were empty nesters living in a condo in Somers Point when they bought the house new in 2001. Juliette, who grew up in Maine, was working as a waitress at Tropicana Casino Hotel. Ken had moved to the area from North Jersey in 1976.
"Stanley Grossman (then CEO of Kensington Furniture) offered me a job," Ken says. "Casino gambling had just been approved. I smelled prosperity."
The Williamsons liked the location of the development near the end of the cul-de-sac and the view overlooking the wetlands and the creek.
"We also liked the layout," Ken says. "It's the same floor plan as the one-story Mulberry model we saw in Smithville but with a second floor."
The house is entered from ground level, which means there are no steps to negotiate. The first floor features a two-story foyer, a spacious kitchen with a vaulted ceiling that's open to a family room, a dining/living room, two bedrooms including a master suite, two full baths and a laundry room. There's also a room off the foyer that could be an office or another bedroom.
The master bedroom has his and hers walk-in closets, a bayed picture window and a ceramic tiled private bath with corner whirlpool tub and walk-in shower.
A double-sided gas fireplace faces both the family room and living room. The eat-in kitchen has a bayed window that overlooks the meadowlands. The Williamsons added the EP Henry paver patio in the backyard. The patio extends to within a few feet of the meadows and is an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the sunset.
Highlighting the second floor is the large loft that overlooks the foyer on one side and the kitchen and family room on the other. "The guys can be up here shooting pool and be holding a conversation with the girls in the kitchen," says Ken. "I even have a bucket tied to a rope so if you need a drink you can send it down for a beer."
The second floor also has large bedroom and a full bath as well as a large spare room that the Williamsons use for storage but could be yet another bedroom. Pull down steps lead to a storage attic.
Other amenities include a two-car attached garage, two zones of natural gas heat and air conditioning and a remote controlled awning that provides shade from the afternoon sun on the patio. Residents of Fallingwater Drive also have use of a boat ramp to launch canoes and kayaks. And of course, there are the birds.
"We have a family of red tailed hawks and lots of blue herons and white egrets," Ken says. "We have a bald eagle that comes around once in a while and a couple of mallards that come right up on the patio. My wife feeds them cracked corn. The nice thing about the birds is that they gobble up all the insects. I've never seen a mosquito or a greenhead in the 13 years we've been here."
When Ken and Juliette sell the house they plan to downsize.
"We've been here for 13 years," Ken says. "But it's more house than we need. We're looking at a place in the Village Grande, an active adult community in Egg Harbor Township."
For more information on this property, which is listed for $429,900, call Jeffrey Lischin of Re/Max Platinum - Linwood Branch, 609-641-3400 or 609-464-3002 (cell).
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