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Property of the Week: 61 Meadowbrook Rd. West Hartford

“This is just what everybody today is looking for,” said Tony Buccheri, the real estate agent who is handling the sale of this charming colonial at 61 Meadowbrook Road in West Hartford. “It’s turn-key ready.”

Indeed it is. The current owners, Jeff and Kelly Webster, have completely redone the home. Their accomplishments include opening the first floor, redesigning and moving the kitchen from the rear to the front of the home, and remodeling the two full baths. Along the way they also upgraded the back porch, turning it into a four-season living space and opening it up to the kitchen and dining area. It currently serves as a playroom.

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The result is a home that is aesthetically pleasing, feels comfortable, and is spacious. It is also a home that is ideally located in the center of West Hartford.

The neighborhood is immediately appealing, with its mature trees and carefully maintained homes. Thanks to this location, it takes just a few minutes to walk to the center of town and Blue Back Square, with its shops, restaurants and services.

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“We will really miss the walkability we have here when we move,” said Jeff Webster. “But we will be staying in West Hartford.

In addition to being close to Blue Back Square and the West Harford Center, this home is also very near to I-84, yet even when outside, no sounds of the highway were audible. Only chirping birds could be heard.

“The children are about to start school, so this is going to be our last move,” said Jeff Webster, who is a builder. He and his wife bought this home intending to remodel and upgrade it, which they have skillfully done. His next project is to build a home for his family that will be part of his six-house development in West Hartford. It is in an area Webster described as one of the last open parcels of land on the Farmington-West Hartford line.

Visitors to this Meadowbrook Road home are welcomed by a covered front porch that leads to the front entry hall. From here, there are open sightlines into the kitchen through an expanded passageway. This foyer also leads to the central stairway and to the living room. The hardwood oak flooring, used throughout the first and second floors, flows smoothly from room to room.

The kitchen is clearly designed for entertaining. The outer perimeter features attractive cabinetry, room for a large side-by-side refrigerator, stove and sink. The quartz counters wrap around to form a peninsula that separates the kitchen from the dining area. In the middle of this contemporary kitchen, the chef will enjoy additional workspace created by an island, which also features a quartz countertop.

Throughout the home the trim and millwork have been upgraded. The first floor has crown molding and passageways that feature pediments.

A rear hall leads to a closet pantry, the front hall, a full bath and a second entrance to the living room. In this room there is more impressive attention to detail and outstanding millwork. A central wood-burning fireplace is the clear focal point of this room, which runs from the front to the rear of the home. It all creates a living room that would be ideal for large gatherings.

The central stairs lead to the three bedrooms on the second floor. Each is spacious with freshly painted walls and trim. The primary bedroom features a large closet.

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The second and third bedrooms are also attractive, with good closet space. The third bedroom features an accent wall with flat panel wainscoting that runs from the floor to the ceiling.

A remodeled bath serves this area and is next to a generous linen closet. The upstairs hall also accesses a stairway to the third floor. Here a fully finished room occupies the east half of the home and is currently used as a home office, though it could be a fourth bedroom, Webster noted. It has ample storage space behind the knee walls on either side, and access to more storage room in the attic.

The basement now houses a new, high efficiency gas-fired heating and hot water system, along with space for the home laundry. There is also ample room for hobbies, a workshop, and additional storage. The one-car garage located under the home is accessed from this level.

The grounds show evidence of the fastidious attention to detail that is apparent throughout this home’s interior. The Websters have brought in sod to create a near perfect lawn. They have also recently redone the driveway, giving it a wide turnaround area in front of the garage, which makes maneuvering even large vehicles easy. This area, away from the street, could also be ideal for play. It can hold at least three cars for off-street parking, Webster said.

An abutting patio is perfect for entertaining, with a raised rear deck accessing a back entrance and mudroom. It easily accommodates a large grill for outdoor meals. The backyard is large, lush and private thanks to fencing along the sides and a stonewall at the rear.

“The neighborhood has tons of kids,” Webster said. “Our kids are going to miss their friends, though we won’t be that far away.”

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This home is move-in ready, said Buccheri. “And, its location couldn’t be better. It is right where people want to be,” he said. It is a rare find in today’s market.

61 Meadowbrook Rd, West Hartford

Built: 1963

Price: $499,900

Style: Colonial

Rooms: 8

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Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 2 full

Square footage: ca. 1,800

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Acreage: .19

Mill rate: 42.42

Best feature: Open concept floor plan with open kitchen and dining room

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Contact: Tony Buccheri

860-983-0748

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England

tbuccheri@bhhsne.com


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