Kyung Kwon appreciates the tranquil surroundings that encircle her single-family, 11-room house on South Seaview Avenue in Galloway Township.
“It’s an all-wooded area. Our house sits back from Seaview Avenue. The driveway is so long and private. ... I love the very quiet and peaceful surroundings,” said Kwon, who added birds often visit her house.
Two of the house’s five bedrooms are on the first floor. Kwon has put custom book shelves into one of the rooms to use as a library. The room has a picture window and a sliding-glass door to the back courtyard.
“I love sitting (in there). Sometimes, I read a book. Sometimes, I paint,” Kwon said.
The house was built in 1990. Kwon and her family have been living there since 1994. She is recently widowed.
The family has been there for 24 years, but extensive upgrades have been made since 2011.
There is a new back patio, roof beams, toilets, city water and sewer service, well water for the three-zone sprinkler system, three new skylight windows and roof, a 75-gallon new hot water heater, a new air conditioner, two-zone heating and air, a new paint job on the exterior and interior and an upgraded master bathroom.
“My brother-in-law visited a couple of times. He is an architect, and he said our house is like a chalet in the Swiss Alps. The open, spacious plan of the house is great for entertaining family and guests. The sliding-glass doors bring the outside in, and one can enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding woods and natural wildlife,” Kwon said.
There is no duplicate of the Kwon house as it is a custom luxury cedar Southern California-style contemporary house, and it is almost 3,400 square feet in size. Kwon would like to move into a smaller ranch-style house, she said.
A visitor enters Kwon’s house through an imported custom double entrance door and sees hardwood floors, a cathedral ceiling, an open terra cotta tile foyer that receives natural light, a sunken formal living room with a Tennessee stone fireplace, an office and a living room with a wide slider to a deck with an extended living area that provides a view of the courtyard.
The first floor also features a kitchen with custom-made cabinets, center island and breakfast nook; a dining room; family room; laundry room; two bathrooms and two bedrooms. One of the bedrooms is being used as a library.
The second floor offers two spacious bedrooms, Jack and Jill bathroom with walk-in shower and full tub bath with double sink, and a master suite with a built-in cabinet, and a new double sink, walk-in shower and Jacuzzi bath and large walk-in closets with a custom mirrored door.
An oversized, three-car garage is on the property, and the sitting yard has been professionally and artistically landscaped.
Kwon and her family used to live in the bay area in Margate for 18 years before moving to Galloway. She likes how there is more space between the houses in Galloway.
“When my daughters came to the house for the first time from college, they said, “Oh mom, this house is like Romeo and Juliet,” Kwon said.
For more information about 513 S. Seaview Ave., Galloway Township, contact Ayako Meisenhelter, an associate broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach Realtors, Margate office, at 609-822-4200, ext. 195, in the office or 609-214-5951 on her cellphone.