Where: 9724 Elmhurst Drive, Granite Bay
Size: 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,328 square feet
Contact: Jackie Hoyt, Hoyt Real Estate (916) 390-0289
You hear people say “the house has great bones” but what does that really mean? It means substantial, solid wood construction and some of the most amazing wainscoting, crown molding and woodwork that you will ever see.
No expense was spared in the custom details that make 9724 Elmhurst Drive a memorable home.
With a nod to colonial styling, this home has a modern sensibility when it comes to taking advantage of the sun’s energy.
“The solar is owned and it comes with the house,” the homeowner said. “We’re able to reduce our energy costs by 70 percent.”
The backyard is large and park-like, but best of all, the property has a pool that is solar heated, as well. The homeowner said that solar pool heating allows the family to extend their swimming season by at least a month on either side, and her favorite thing about the backyard is the private and peaceful feeling she gets when she hears nothing but birds and sees nothing but treetops.
The property is surrounded by pine trees with a natural style waterfall at pool’s edge, not to mention an easily removable safety fence. There’s also a large covered patio area, a dog run, and numerous citrus trees throughout.
French doors beckon visitors to step outside and the homeowner loves that the full bath downstairs has an easy entrance to the backyard.
Both yard and home were designed with an eye to excellence. Numerous custom ceiling treatments paired with hard wood floors, dentil molding and glass transoms create a custom property that is easy to fall in love with. This just feels like a friendly house.
The home has a downstairs master that includes a gas double-sided fireplace that fronts both the bedroom and jetted bathtub and both areas oversee stunning views.
The shower is large with glass block and the extra-deep, cream-colored carpet is new.
Dual vanities and an oversized closet with extensive built-ins seem to go on forever.
The kitchen in this home is perfect for the chef in the family. The room features custom lighting, like under-cabinet lights and lighting within glass-fronted cabinetry. The room has a five-burner cook top and a decorative travertine tile backsplash, as well.
A center island is topped in wheat, black and amber granites, as is the rest of the room’s surface space. Pendant lighting brings out contrasting colors of the antiqued
and glazed furniture-style island. The effect is luminous and adds depth to the room.
The kitchen has a pantry, a large breakfast room with views to the lush foliage outside, and even a granite-topped coffee area. A Bosch dishwasher, built-in micro-wave, double ovens and a built-in desk area finish the room in which family and friends will love to gather.
Also downstairs, there’s a private, full bath with shower that has been updated to include a marble-topped, furniture style vanity. An oversized laundry room with extensive storage and built-in clothes racks offers easy access to the backyard, as well.
Head upstairs and you’ll enjoy a combination of cherry wood and rich carpeting on the extra wide staircase. The stairs lead to a large landing area, and every bedroom offers desks and built-ins.
In addition, the upstairs includes a bonus room with vaulted ceilings and ensuite bath. The space also includes an adjacent room, creating the perfect set-up for a movie theater or even a second master.
This low-energy-use property has dual air conditioning units, a whole-house fan and new pool equipment. The home also has smooth and imperfect walls and a craftsman’s garage with hand-made cabinetry and pullouts. Best of all, this beautiful home is located a mere five-minute walk to the region’s premier elementary schools.