Hip Pocket Highland Park Colonial Gets Fresh New Look

Highland Park Colonial

We’ve loved this Highland Park Colonial at 4511 Arcady Avenue for a long time. It reflects that all-American style that movie companies love. Look at the houses used as film locations for Father of the Bride, Home Alone, Baby Boom, and even The Amityville Horror. Hollywood loves a Colonial. The architectural style says “Made in America,” and more than any other style, it says you are safe — you are home.

We featured this Highland Park Colonial as our Inwood House of the Week in 2014. While it had been renovated in 2002 and retained loads of the original 1936 old world charm, the interior was no longer relevant to the way families use homes today. Fortunately, the buyers saw the great bones of the house, had a clear vision, and hired Nickey Oates so everything would run smoothly.

The living room before renovation.

The living room got a fresh update with tons of white paint and a new fireplace.

Within six months, they completely transformed the interior. Walls were removed to open up the flow and bring in the light. A window was added to the dining area, new hardwoods were installed and stained a darker color to balance out the fresh white paint. We want to draw your attention to the before and after photographs so you can see just what a drastic difference that coat of white paint made. The result is nothing short of spectacular. This Highland Park Colonial represents what a modern all-American family wants. With 3,861 square feet, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder bath, what more could you ask for?

How about a lot more! During the original 2002 renovation, the owners added a 2,562-square-foot guest house. It has four stories, including the basement! Now don’t think you can do that today, because you can’t. So not only is this the most beautiful, move-in ready, Highland Park Colonial you’ll see for sale today, you will never find a guest house like this. The basement features a wine cellar and exercise room. The main level includes a wet bar with seating, a full pool bath, storage, and access to the garage. Head up the stairs to the second floor for and the living space with a powder bath. The third floor has a guest bedroom with a full bath and another sitting area.

To recap, that makes a grand total of 6,423 square feet of climate-controlled living space — excluding the garage. And we have not even headed outside yet!

The family room before renovation.

The kitchen before renovations.

Another view of the kitchen from the breakfast nook before renovation.

The formal dining room was turned into a study — much more practical for today’s lifestyle.

The guest cottage living area.

What a difference a coat of paint can make!

The backyard has been completely redone with artificial turf. That means no kids or dogs will be tracking muddy footprints into that pristine white kitchen! The main house and guest house both overlook the pool and have covered patios with fans, heaters, and speakers for the SONOS surround sound system.

The all-American Colonial never goes out of style, it just keeps getting better, and this one is the best we’ve seen in years.

Allie Beth Allman’s Christine McKenny has this stunning Highland Park Colonial listed as a hip pocket for $2.599. You might just offset your Inwood National Bank mortgage by occasionally leasing it as a movie location!

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and 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

2 Comment