Some empty nesters just aren't ready to downsize. Take Tom and Joanne Scott. Their kids were away at college when they bought their new house in Upper Township 23 years ago. It wasn't a condo. It was a four bedroom, 2½ bath two-story colonial on an acre of property. And that was before they added two additions that increased the living space to about 3,200 square feet.
Granted, the additions were built in 2005 when Joanne's elderly mother and aunt moved into the house. One was a spacious in-law suite with a full bath and sitting room. But the other was an enormous sun room/family room with a vaulted ceiling, skylights and a bar.
"We needed some extra space when my in-laws came to live with us," Tom says.
The Scotts' house is located off Dennisville-Petersburg Road in Upper Township's Petersburg section. It's part of the 36-home Wynncroft subdivision built by Aldon Homes. A popular Lafayette model, it wasn't quite completed when Tom and Joanne bought it in 1991.
"We bought it after the original deal fell through so we were able to pick out carpet, colors and tile," says Tom, who at the time was an administrator at Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital (Now Cape Regional Medical Center.)
The house stands on a partially wooded lot that backs up to over 400 acres of a government-owned wildlife preserve and Cedar Swamp Creek.
"They used to log white cedar back there," Tom says. "There's deer, coyotes, foxes and all kinds of critters in the woods."
Large swathes of trees on both sides of the house shield the property from neighboring homes.
"It's quiet and peaceful out here," Tom says. "The neighbors look out for each other and everyone keeps their house up."
From a covered porch, the front door opens into a center hall. To the left is a charming formal dining room with chair rails, wainscoting and crown molding. To the right is a sunken living room with a cathedral ceiling, skylights and a wood-burning fireplace with a brick surround. The eat-in kitchen was remodeled a few years ago and now features granite counters, newer appliances and recessed lighting, a ceramic tile floor and a window seat.
The family room addition and in-law suite both extend back from opposite sides of the house. Both additions have access to a large deck that was built in the space between the additions. The family room has oak plank floors and a wood stove with a floor-to-ceiling stone chimney. Three sets of sliding glass doors open to a covered back porch and the deck.
The in-law suite has a private entrance from the outside and can also be accessed from the laundry room. It has Berber carpeting, a large living room, a walk-in closet, a separate bedroom, and a full bathroom. Pull-down steps lead to a storage attic.
The first floor also has a powder room and a utility/laundry room with access to the two-car garage which is sheet rocked and insulated.
The second-floor has three bedrooms, a hall bath and a master suite with a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet, a full bath with whirlpool tub and a private deck overlooking the woods. The master bedroom is open to a sitting area that was created by removing the wall between another bedroom. A sliding glass door opens to yet another deck.
The exterior is vertical cedar siding exterior with brick accents on the front. There are four zones of central air conditioning and natural gas heat.
In the past few years Joanne's mother and Aunt have passed away, and the Scotts, who have three children and four grandchildren, are once again empty nesters. Now that they're retired they've decided to sell the house and move full time to a home they own near Ocala, Florida.
"The time has come to let go," says Tom. "The house too big for a small family. It needs a family with a couple or three kids. We have a 1,900 square foot house in The Villages retirement community. It's great. I play golf three times a week and can park my golf cart in the garage."
For more information on this property, which is listed for $469,900, call Paul Rixon of Rixon Realty at 609-390-8821.
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