Room to roam: Waverly beauty has space inside and out

Address: 2260 Mechum Place
Neighborhood: Waverly       
Asking: $750,000      
Assessment: $596,000          
Year Built: 1987
Size: 3,900 fin. sq. ft., 565 unfin.
Land: 6.6 acres
Agent: Jim McVay, Roy Wheeler 434-951-5155     
Curb Appeal: 8 out of 10

The appeal of owning a home in the Waverly subdivision is the seclusion in the midst of a pristine forested area. The neighborhood (with maintained roads) consists of lots big enough to afford residents ample privacy in an established community. This is country living at its best, less than a 20-minute ride to the highly regarded western Albemarle schools or to town for necessities.

The property on Mechum Place is situated on 6.6 acres of gently sloping land, which the owners have cultivated into a small nature preserve. Clearing paths on the perimeter of their lot, they opened a walkway stretching 760 feet down to Rocky Run Creek and looping back to the house. Small stations along the trail include a stone retaining wall providing a sheltered picnic area; several wrought-iron chairs offering rest and a bird-watching spot; and a clearing beside the bubbling creek that's a perfect place for a hammock.

The steep gable roof on the front of the house disguises the size of the place: the back extends beyond the footprint with views to the wooded property through various dormers and a sunroom and deck.

At the entrance, a skylight in the vaulted ceiling illuminates a stairway to the second story. Beyond the entryway, the first-floor plan is open and expansive, perfectly designed for entertaining. Natural light from a ceiling-to-floor bow window brightens the formal living room, and across from it a wood-burning fireplace has a traditional mantel. Just inside the adjoining family room, several sofas encircle a large second fireplace. A formal dining room off the kitchen is complemented by another table and chairs set by the hearth.

The kitchen has dark cherry cabinets, black appliances, and original tile countertops; it’s separated from the family room by a large island with a built-in ceramic glass cooktop. The kitchen could be a main attraction with the addition of seating and an updated island, new stone surfaces on the floor and counter, and a splash of color. In the corner surrounding the kitchen sink, a bank of windows provides a cheery distraction from the drudgery of chores.

A half bath and laundry room are conveniently located next to the kitchen, with access to a two-car garage. A tiled sunroom addition off the family room offers yet another place for a more intimate gathering, and the deck provides space for outdoor dining.

A glass door in the first floor's airy master bedroom leads to the deck. This wing contains a sizable bathroom, walk-in closet, and a private study with built-in bookcases.

Upstairs are two full bathrooms and three spacious bedrooms with wide, windowed views of the great outdoors. At the end of this level, a finished bonus room can be used as a playroom or a guest suite with a separate entrance from the garage below.

A large family has plenty of room to stretch and grow in this space. The current owners have blazed a trail for the next generation to explore, and buyers with kids have all sorts of options. Handyman dads might consider a swingset with climbing structure, or even adding a tree house to this extraordinary property.
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