Beautiful Southern Belle on Beverly is All Modern Inside

From the street, the warm brick facade and gracious front porch would have you assume that this is your typical Southern traditional. And while we find this home absolutely charming at the curb, with its ironwork and gas lanterns, this Highland Park home is surprisingly modern inside, making it a shoo-in as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

“Beginning with the museum wall finish that balances harmoniously with original 1958 moldings, there are countless examples of restraint and taste applied in the extensive 2015 remodel,” details listing agent Phillip Murrell. Note the limestone in the formal living room fireplace echoed on the entryway floor, and how light floods the front formal living room from the backyard with floor-to-ceiling, double-paned windows.

It is warm and livable without being overly casual. It’s elegant but not pretentious. And it’s completely unexpected, which settles in the narrative of this three-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bath, 3,832-square-foot listing at 4651 Beverly Drive. Murrell has this beautiful home on more than a quarter of an acre on the market for $1.499 million.

And while I adore the formal spaces and the warm family room with scores of built-ins and beautiful wainscoting, it’s the kitchen that really captures your imagination.

The gourmet kitchen sits at the back of the home, offering floor-to-ceiling views of the private, lush backyard. The white cabinetry, and Jenn-Air appliances are perfectly matched with gorgeous Neolith countertops with a glistening finish and dramatic veining.  Additional kitchen features include two refrigerator drawers, beverage cooler, filtered and insta-hot water tap, and a six-burner stove. The eat-in island offers a beautiful breakfast space.

All three of this home’s bedrooms are upstairs, but the master suite dominates the second floor, taking up the entire east end. It has been remodeled into a beautiful, serene retreat, with a knock-your-socks-off master bath.

If the huge wall of stone anchoring one end of the master bath looks familiar, it’s the same Neolith slab you can find in the kitchen. Here, it’s a dramatic shower wall that serves as a focal point for this clean, contemporary bathroom, complete with an artful free-standing tub. It all sits atop a heated floor — the pinnacle of luxury.

The outdoor spaces are also warm and welcoming, especially the screened porch off of the dining room, which is a wonderful place to while away the cool summer nights without worrying about bugs. There are two separate garages, too, one of which is climate controlled, and there’s also a separate guest quarters. Not only is this beautiful house both modern and livable, it’s incredible functional, too. We’re sure this listing from Phillip Murrell will be snapped up fast! Want to see it for yourself? It’s open on Sunday, June 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.