Exceptional Garden Retreat Home
3,426/ 3,582 sq. ft. (per tax rolls) built in 2000
4 Bedrooms/ 4 Full Baths/ 2 Living Areas/ 2 Dining Areas/ Fireplace/ Game Room
Study/ 2 Car Garage/ Covered Porch and Water Feature
This is a meticulously maintained custom home, located in the Village of Ballantrae, in central McKinney, TX. The private and serene community is well laid out with mature landscaping. The home is close to the numerous amenities of Stonebridge Ranch, shopping galore, exceptional restaurants, and an easy commute with access 75 and 121. The brick and natural stone combinations of this European styled home make a classic statement. The front entry garage allows the backyard to remain private and intact. A lush backyard with native plantings, gorgeous fish pond, and babbling waterfall will delight the senses for hours of tranquility. Upon entry, the home feels instantly formal, yet simultaneously comfortably casual. Dramatic high ceilings, large windows, arched openings, extensive millwork, and handsome finishes make for wonderfully planned, open-concept living for friends and family to enjoy.
A sidewalk path leads you a few steps up to a welcoming front entry. Once inside, the space is naturally lit by a high window over the arched door. A stretch of warm neutral tile gives the feel of Tuscan stone and lines the floors from entry through great room. The home is flooded with natural light as walls of windows overlook the back gardens. Interiors are painted in a warm on-trend palette of deep putty and neutral designer colors. This home features 8-foot solid core doors that accentuate and compliment the ceiling height. Vaulted ceilings are trimmed in custom millwork and illuminated by designer lighting selections that complement the rustic formality perfectly. Everything is in its place! The home is loaded with built-in storage and work areas to live beautifully. Art niches and ledges create interest and places to accent treasured pieces.
French doors of richly stained wood open from the entry to a study. A wall of solid hardwood custom cabinetry provides work and storage space. The large front facing window allows for plenty of natural light. The spacious room has vaulted ceilings, a centered ceiling fan with lighting, crown molding, and plantation shutters.
The dining room is just beyond the study. The space is defined by three arched openings. A large side view window is centered on the far dining room wall. Trim work and stately picture-frame panel molding, dramatically contrast the deep putty wall and ceiling, painted in a creamy white. A weighty and significant chandelier, washed in a verdigris patina, is fitted with shades that add an elegant glow for dinners here.
A lovely feature of this home is two bedrooms downstairs. The first is at the front of the home across the entry hall from the study. A full bath is located off this hall. The front facing bedroom has a large window, as with the study and dining; the windows are fitted with plantation shutters for a clean and tailored look. A large double door closet is well shelved for storage and generous hanging area.
The entry leads to the great room and kitchen area. Taking advantage of under stair space, a furniture finish desk is built in. This is the transition between the formal front rooms and the great room. The great room is the open concept kitchen, breakfast, and living rooms. The back wall of the great room has floor to ceiling windows and a glass door looking into the backyard and covered outdoor living. Centered on one end of the living area, an elegant and imposing floor to ceiling fireplace of Austin chop stone, anchors the space. The fireplace has integrated mantel shelf and hearth. Beside the fireplace are built-in display shelves and entertainment area cabinetry. The entertainment cabinet has retracting doors, so the television can be behind closed doors when not in use.
A raised bar counter separates the living area from the busy work of the kitchen. The island with bar seating is inclusive of the guests from the living room side and allows for chefs to be part of the action. The kitchen has full wood cabinetry stained a very pleasant medium dark brown. The custom cabinetry is detailed with substantial wrapped crown molding, fluted sides, and furniture finish legs at cabinet bases. Counters are white solid surface in a soft matte finish. The backsplash is neatly done in a 4×4 straight set tile in a neutral mottled tone, which adds to the room without competing. Truly a hardworking kitchen and a delight to work in with double ovens, 4 burner gas range, and a double bowl integrated deep sink. A center island and ample corner pantry make large scale entertaining effortless.
Off the kitchen and family room is the breakfast room. A built-in china hutch balances the fireplace wall and cabinetry on the opposite side of the room.
Off the living area is the master suite. Every morning you can wake up feeling like you’re at a botanical resort. The master has wonderful views to the back gardens through a bay wall of floor to ceiling windows. Dramatic tray ceiling with can lighting surround, centered fan for circulation, built in bookshelves, and room for a sitting area; this is a true masters retreat. Richly finished espresso hardwood floors add a luxurious feel to the space.
The master bath opens through double doors. A fully tiled spacious shower, large soaking tub, framed mirror, and massive vanity counter with separate height vanities make up the space. Light flooring tile, white solid surface integrated sink countertops, and faux finished cabinetry, set off sunny walls in this roomy master bath.
The separate his and hers master closets are spectacular! Both closets are huge and both boast beautifully planned shelving with built-in chest of drawers, cubbies, shoes shelves and well planned hanging. Truly enviable.
Off the living area is a laundry room. Ventilated shelves hold essentials and there is plenty of elbow room to get laundry under control. A separate door to this room keeps noise and piles contained.
The home has a two-car garage accessible through the back corner of the living area near the laundry. The garage bays share a single double door entry. There is extra space for a work shop bench and room for a full-size freezer. With a side window, there is plenty of natural light.
At the top of the stairs, a built-in homework station sits conveniently between the two bedrooms. A few steps up from the landing find the game room; a massive space with a large dormered window, vaulted ceilings, and sculptured designer carpeting. Can lighting and a large ceiling fan illuminate the space. At one end, a roomy walk in closet is lined with shelves.
Two more bedrooms are upstairs. Both have large windows and spacious well shelved closets. Each bedroom has its own full bath. The bathrooms have tiled floors and shower walls, tubs, glass shower doors, lots of cabinetry, and lavishly framed mirrors.
The chop stone accent at the center peak, with brick diamond pattern accent is a nod to the homes European inspiration. The deep red brown brick surround is set off against trimmed windows. The master stonework and rich masonry details are a lovely contrast to the soft scaping of the lush greens. Beautiful gardens and professionally planned landscaping surround the home. Plants are well planned to add interest and structure to the home and lawn. Special attention was paid to native and hardy flowering trees and shrubs to provide year round interest. In the back yard, the stone base of the covered porch columns add definition, structure, and repeat the Austin chop stone used on the homes façade and focal point fireplace. This covered porch gives you hours of enjoyment in the secluded sanctuary backyard.