Family Friendly Traditional at 5703 Anita Street Offers Some Unexpected Romance

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Now, I know that the curb appeal here comes off as somewhat meh, but I really like the look of this house. The window details, which are obscured by the bright sun, play so beautifully in the interior photography. They’re one of my favorite (albeit minor) features of this updated 1948 traditional at 5703 Anita Street.

Taken down to the studs in a 2016 renovation, the two-story, family-friendly abode provides a bright, fresh interior and a surprisingly romantic backyard. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,584 square feet, it’s listed by Karen Cuskey of Coldwell Banker for $639,000. Check out the spot-on interior and backyard oasis after the jump!

Time of day was obviously a challenge in photographing this house. I think the sun did no favors in washing out what is otherwise a very appealing drive-up. The vertical patio railings and the roof line, in particular, give this home a nice modern appearance, despite its much older construction date. Also, I really dig a great front door and this is a great front door.

See what I mean about those windows? They’re splendid! And they complement the contemporary remodel so nicely. This whole room really does it for me. Who knows how long the popularity of the open concept will reign, but so long as it does, this shines as one fine specimen. In particular, I love a bright kitchen and those original narrow-plank floors, refinished to perfection. Everything about this renovation manages mass appeal without tumbling into the generic. (The staging here is also really well done, so kudos.)

The kitchen features stainless appliances, a gas range, and a pretty farmhouse sink in its large island. Looks like the pantry is more than ample, too.

This bonus room off the entry is made up as an office, but you could certainly find any number of ways to use that. I’d be tempted to turn it into a play room. You’d get lots of bang for the buck there. Eyes on the kids, toys outta the living room.

The first-floor master suite features a spacious bedroom and beautiful master bath with double vanity and gorgeous walk-in shower.

The upstairs family room looks ideal for older kids and for keeping all the noise of video games and tv just out of earshot. There are two bedrooms upstairs, as well as a double-access bathroom.

Well, this is certainly tranquil, isn’t it? I’m a sucker for a patio with gauzy curtains – there’s just something so romantic about it. This covered deck is perfect for entertaining guests or for hiding from your children while you sip some wine and pine for your carefree youth. Ahem.

The rest of the backyard is well kept and completely surrounded by a privacy fence.  Want more? Pop by the open house this Sunday, November 5 between 1 and 3 p.m.


Heather Hunter

In addition to a 15-year career in marketing and communications, Heather is an accomplished freelance writer and has contributed to The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column and “The United States of Dating” on National Public Radio. Her blog, This Fish Needs a Bicycle, was syndicated by NBC Universal (iVillage) for four years. As a ghostwriter, her work has appeared in publications such as WIRED and Stadia Magazine

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