The story of 110 Fairview Avenue
An award-winning expansion nearly doubled the living space of this Piedmont four bedroom, while dovetailing seamlessly with the home’s 1923 Dutch Colonial architecture. The 2017 second-floor addition integrates a master suite, great room and library, all-new amenity-rich spaces architecturally in synch with the home’s well preserved character. Further updates elevate the home’s infrastructure and interior, including reimagined bathrooms, a multi-room lower level, and open kitchen with connection to the level garden and sprawling deck.
Idyllically sited on graciously wide, gracefully arcing Fairview, the home is set amid a distinctive array of preserved architecture. The serene setting belies its wonderful, walkable proximity to Oakland Avenue’s commuter bus, Grand Avenue’s wide realm of cafes and conveniences, plus Piedmont schools and neighborhood parks.
Visually alluring, the home’s façade indistinguishably unites original and augmented Dutch Colonial cachet. Shed and gabled dormers peek above the side-gabled roof; windows topped by arched accents relate to the curved portico framing the entry, and in the foreground, a curvaceous stone wall envelops vibrant, drought-tolerant perennial exuberance. Also hardscaped with lighting, the tree-outlined back garden with deck cultivates a private setting for parties and play.
Original facets infuse the interior with enduring appeal: hardwood flooring, wood trim, and a pristinely preserved art-tile fireplace among them. Updates abound, adding livability, efficiency, and polish. Two stylistically cohesive classic-effect black and white main-floor bathrooms serve three bedrooms noteworthy for generous closet proportions and garden outlooks. The kitchen, with beadboard-style cabinetry, intermixes a vintage vibe with a contemporary open aspect, adjoining the dining room via a natural-stone peninsula with bar seating.
Hardwood floors carry to the second floor, where a soaring beamed ceiling, multitude of style-befitting windows, and elaborate lighting scheme create a lofty, lavishly light environment that takes Dutch Colonial style to a sublime level. The great room and library’s airy dimensions balance with a snug sensibility imparted by inset library shelves and a window alcove. A wide pocket-door opening gives way to the coved-ceilinged master suite with extensively configured walk-in closet. In the master bathroom, gray-veined marble combines with radiantly heated matte gray stone flooring, and a freestanding soaking tub augments the open shower. A cleverly concealed utility closet adds storage to the second floor while the lower level offers a great deal more plus tremendous living space.
Well suited as a family room or office, the lower-level is graced with terra-cotta tile flooring and garden-view windows. Multiple storage rooms include one ideal as a wine-storage and tasting room. Housing two cars, a carport lies at the end of the paver-stone driveway.