This 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house, along with a separate 1 bedroom, 1 bath carriage house apartment over a three bay garage on the rear of the property, was designed and built by renowned architects Scroggs and Ewing during the roaring 1920's. The original house plans drawn up by Scroggs & Ewing have been preserved for the buyer. "Little Versailles," as it is called, was originally built for the Bert Maxwell family, a furniture store scion in the southeastern United States, and the Maxwell family owned it for 80 years.
The exterior of the home is original construction “Ohio yellow” brick meant to emulate the rusticated stone typical of Italian Renaissance architecture. Within the brick façade, the architects inlaid swag details, and incorporated typical Italianate details such as recessed second story porches (porticos) and arched windows on the second floor which have repeated pilasters and arches similar to those on the dome of S. Marie delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. Scroggs & Ewing designed the front of the house with semi-elliptical archways on the left and right wings of the home, as well as the front entrance, with sculptured swags over the double paned glass front doors and over the set of handsome French doors on each side of the house. Observe the deep overhang of the roof and the ornamental wrought iron which were recently refurbished and painted.
Outside this one acre gated estate is a covered portico for grilling in inclement weather. Eighty year old Japanese boxwood gardens are surrounded by abundant dense foliage for privacy. In 2009, the owner added additional landscaping and brick patio work and constructed a large 20 x 45 Romanesque gunite swimming pool bordered with three beautiful palm trees. The pool is a gorgeous Tahoe blue color and has a built-in bench on the garden side and a shallow wading pool for babies or lounge chairs on the palm tree side. An automatic sprinkler system was installed for the front, side, and rear grounds of the property. Elegant professional outdoor lighting is installed in the front, side and rear yards, and beneath the palm trees and around the pool to display a truly magical experience at night.
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