High flying: Mystery nests in Quail Hollow

Address: 1015 Quail Hollow Lane
Neighborhood: Quail Hollow
Asking: $850,000
Assessment: $918,500
Year Built: 1957
Size:  4,566 fin. sq. ft. /50 unfin.
Land: 4.4 acres
Curb Appeal: 7 out of 10
Listing Agent:  Judy Savage, RE/MAX Assured Properties, 817-0395

Tucked away in the woods on a quiet cul-de-sac just off Garth Road, 1015 Quail Hollow Lane was built in 1957 to serve as the main living quarters for Quail Hollow Farm. The four acres have been extensively landscaped, and the house has been tastefully remodeled to maximize enjoyment of the garden views as well as the outdoor living spaces. With stamped concrete walkways, two patios, numerous flower beds, a rock garden and a fountain, this place could keep a gardener busy full-time.

It's also a house with a hint of mystery.

Of stone and cedar with metal roof and over 4,500 square feet, the house offers plenty of living space, most of it on the main level.

To the left of the front entry is the kitchen, a well-appointed space with Corian countertops, cozy breakfast nook, tile backsplash, Brazilian cherry floors warmed by radiant heat, and a granite-topped center island with a five-burner gas cooktop and stainless vent hood.

Off to one side, a screened breezeway leads to the attached two-car garage; on the other, a cased opening provides entry to the spacious dining room. Hardwood floors, crown molding, and recessed lighting suggest formality while atrium doors open onto a large terrace and provide views of the gardens beyond.

An entire wall of glass in the adjacent living room allows for enjoyment of the patio and ensures that there's plenty of light. A cathedral ceiling and French doors leading to the expansive deck enhance the airy effect; hardwood floors, a stone wall, and a wood-burning fireplace add warmth.

On the opposite side of the stone wall a cushy nook currently serves as a home office. Open above the half-wall separating it from the main entry, this space has hardwood floors, gas logs, a half-bath with built-in shelves and crown molding, and doors opening onto the deck. This spot is easily the most inviting in the house.

A short hall lined with storage closets and cubbies leads to the master suite, which includes a walk-in closet and a bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower stall, twin sinks, and built-in vanity. Glass doors provide easy access to the hot tub and the pool beyond the deck.

Here two more generous bedrooms share a full hall bath.

The first hint to the mystery is upstairs, just off the hallway, in a space that widens into what now serves as an auxiliary entrance, but may once have been the main entrance. The bedroom wing is constructed solely of stone, while the rest of the house is finished in a combination of cedar and stone; it may have been added later and finished to match the original house.

Adding further interest is the fact that the basement doesn't occupy the full footprint; it extends beneath the bedroom wing only.

French doors open off a tiled hallway to a large family room bright with recessed lighting and sliding doors. A kitchen, bedroom, full bath and exercise room finish out the living space, and washer/dryer hookups and a locking door mean the space might serve (authorities willing) as a rental unit or at least quarters for a nanny or visiting mother-in-law.

A discriminating buyer may find 1015 Quail Hollow Lane the perfect opportunity, but creature comforts– like most things– come at a price. In this case, it's $850,000, lower than the assessment. Even for potential buyers intrigued by the hint of mystery, the choice is likely to be difficult as the competition is formidable.
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