If you subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, you may have seen the recent story on the revival of the front porch. Not that they’ve ever really gone out of style per se, just that we got away from them with the advent of the white box home and our intense love of outdoor living centers in back.
But these days, as waves of nostalgia overtake us and a longing for the good old days hits with full force, we are better able to appreciate them. The chance to build community with those who live around us that they provide while interacting at a safe distance are proving therapeutic and invaluable. Let’s take a look at a few options with this very enticing feature.
5556 Richard Avenue
4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 3,603 sq. ft.
The M Streets are synonymous with Craftsman-style homes. And Craftsman-style homes are synonymous with porches. Ergo, this baby, which runs the width of the house, so there’s plenty of room to host a stop on the neighborhood wine walk.
The inviting front porch leads into an entrance focusing on a great view of an equally ample covered patio and large backyard. The gorgeous state-of-the-art kitchen contains refrigerator-freezer, commercial-grade gas range, and a large kitchen island, and opens to a beautiful family room with a fireplace. Also downstairs are a study, bedroom, and bath, while upstairs is a palatial primary bedroom with a large seating area, a truly gorgeous master bath, an oversized walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, and a game room.
505 Heard Street, McKinney
4 Bedrooms | 3.1 Baths | 3,813 sq. ft.
Historic McKinney — where time stands still… in a good way. This one-of-a-kind 1800s Farmhouse replica, within blocks of downtown, has a huge wrap-around porch for all the lemonade sippin’ your heart can handle. It’s also open Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Lest the 1800s part scare you, it’s been meticulously renovated to include a new roof, air, plumbing and electrical so you can move on in. With more than 3,800 square feet of living space inside, the interior overlooks a private backyard with large pool, outdoor entertaining area, fire pit, chicken coop and colorful landscaping. Chef’s kitchen is equipped with Italian appliances, large kitchen island and walk-in pantry. And there’s nothing yesteryear about the luxurious owner’s suite with sitting area and spa-like bath. Upstairs are three bedrooms, a game room and 3rd floor media room.
Offered by Rafaella Smith for $875,000. (210.219.2772 / email@example.com)
9402 Wells Road, Wylie
4 Bedrooms | 3.1 Baths | 3,308 sq. ft.
Just down the road in Wylie is this country estate close to the city. The front porch is the ideal perch from which to take in your abundant space: 2.56 acres! And the interior is spacious, too, filled with goodies like commercial-grade SS appliances, custom cabinetry, a large open dining/family area, first-floor owner’s suite with a sitting area and custom walk-in closet, large media room, and home office with a built-in bookcase. When you get bored with the front views (which will never happen!), move around to the back where you can take in the beautiful pool, expansive lawn, and gazebo views. The pool house has a kitchen and bath and there is a 40-by-60 workshop with electricity. Now that’s a spread!
Offered by Dee Evans and Pamela Wright for $719,900. (972.772.1366 | firstname.lastname@example.org)