“They don’t make them like this anymore,” Teffy Jacobs said.
Jacobs is Vice President of Doris Jacobs Real Estate with Allie Beth Allman, and she’s right. You seldom find a home that looks like the photography team from Architectural Digest just walked out the front door. This stunning Highland Park Tudor at 4312 Arcady Ave. is what we call a showstopper.
We’ve become a bit numbed by the redundant look of modern homes. Gray walls, white trim, and furnished beautifully, but safely — like everything was ordered from the pages of Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware catalogs. There’s not a lot of adventurous architecture or decorating anymore. And that’s a shame because when you search for a home, you also hope to find the right fit for your lifestyle. You want to feel what it is like to live there.
In this case, you open that door and are transported into a gracious, distinctive, exquisitely decorated world where cares melt away. You won’t want to leave, ever.
Built in 1929, this is one of those timeless, homes that has been meticulously updated. Classic details and elegant proportions are hallmarks of the era. They have been continued throughout the home to such perfection you cannot tell the original features from the new. That’s due to the seamless work of the Sebastian Construction Group, which is always flawless.
The living room centers around a hand-carved stone and marble fireplace and is large enough for a grand piano because gracious entertainment never goes out of style. Leaded glass windows in both living and dining rooms lend that air of gentility we expect in an architecturally significant home.
This 5,757-square-foot, three-story mansion is definitely a family home. With four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a powder bath, and seven living areas — yes seven— it’s not only a great home for entertaining, it’s also a perfect place to raise children.
The entire third floor could easily be kid central.
“There is an oversized game room, which now serves a golf practice range with a hitting net, artificial grass, and cameras to record your golf swing,” Jacobs said. “It could also easily be turned into a playroom or media room.”
We’d opt for a playroom. The dream of never having a Lego make it to the first floor is a major selling feature for our entire CandysDirt.com team.
With the kids happy on the third floor, parents can relax in the great room on the first floor. It’s accessed from the foyer as well as through French doors from the formal living room which allows for an easy entertainment flow. There is no TV eyesore here. A screen descends from the ceiling when you crave a Netflix binge.
The kitchen has an unusual cross-beamed and vaulted ceiling with skylights, as well as a trio of stainless steel Sputnik chandeliers. There’s also an innovative entrance into the breakfast room. All the premier brand names are here, including Vulcan, Dacor, Miele, Jenn-Air, and Sub-Zero.
The luxurious master suite, with a dedicated sitting room, is built to assure harmony in a marriage. There are not only his-and-hers closets, but also his-and-hers offices.
If you think you’ve seen it all yet, you haven’t. There’s more!
The detached two-car garage is not just a garage.
A gorgeous 4,500-bottle, temperature-controlled wine room shares the first floor. There is a fabulous guest apartment on top of the garage with a spacious living room, kitchen, and a generous-sized bedroom, as well as a huge exercise room.
Let’s not overlook the backyard, also gorgeous. It’s perfect for informal entertaining with an expansive terrace, an outdoor fireplace, a huge pool and a spa. There’s also a driveway car turntable — nothing has been overlooked.
Doris and Teffy Jacobs have this show-stopping Highland Park Tudor listed for $3.995 million. We suggest you give them a call and get over there because it’s true, they just don’t make them like this anymore.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com.