I have a home listed that’s a bit under the radar in value due to many features that most people simply overlook. The home is located at 1403 S. Kentucky Ave. here in Mason City. The home was custom built back in 1968 for the family that owned the land where the Stone Pillar Subdivison is now and this home was built on part of that original family farm that was over the years sold and or sub-divided. I still remember as a child in the back seat of my parent’s car looking at the interesting barn that was located on that farm. The raised foundation of the barn was built of field stones and quite attractive.
Getting back to the the home I have listed. It is much larger than it appears from the street as it has more of a set-back than most, causing it to look smaller in proportion to the homes around it. There are 4 bedrooms, 1 full bath and a 3/4 bath that had the shower removed to accommodate a stack washer/dryer unit. I would re-install the shower if I lived there and put the washer and dryer back in the basement. The style of the home is rarely found here as it is a four level design. I’ve always liked these types as they afford more privacy with a growing family. The 3 generous sized bedrooms and full bath are located on the upper floor; the main floor has the living room with a woodburning fireplace, dining room, and kitchen; the 3rd level down has a family room, the 3/4 bath and 4th bedroom; and the 4th level down is the basement that could be finished or simply used as a laundry/work area. Each level has the half flight of steps leading to and from the one above or below.
This home also has the circle floor plan on the main level which I’ve mentioned before as being a real plus in floor planning. There is a newer high efficient furnace with central air, all the appliances including a brand new dishwasher stay with the home. As far as I’m concerned, the real bonus to this home is the yard. There is almost a half acre of land that belongs to this home and it’s not part of a subdivision with restrictions. The double garage is much larger than one would think, with more room for storage and workbenches. Even though this home is located on Kentucky Ave. where the traffic during some hours of the day can be heavier than other streets, I found when I’m in the home, I really don’t notice the sound of the vehicles driving past. I’m sure the extra set-back of the home helps with the motor sounds.
If one were to have this home built today, it would likely cost $100,000 more than what its sale price will be and still not have the quality that is contained in this one. Yes, this home could use some cosmetic updates, but with all things considered, it would be far more to one’s advantage to purchase a home like this at a discount and be able to choose exactly what types of updates wanted rather than living with whatever recent improvements someone else has made. It makes sense to buy for less and get what you want don’t you think? I can’t wait to see what the future owner does to make this home a real showplace. I will be a bit envious of their yard. Whenever I look out the kitchen window, that’s all I see in my mind’s eye are children romping in its private rear yard.
Don’t just listen to me, take a look and see, where you’ll feel fancy free in 1403.