I walked my dog in a new area yesterday, and enjoyed exploring a few cul-de-sacs that I had never seen before. At the end of my walk, I passed by this charming home and snapped a quick picture with my iphone (hence, the less than average quality of the picture).
In a city filled with large homes, more and more I appreciate the charm and appeal of a house that is just the right size - not too big, not too small. This house really appeals to me, not only because of the French styling, but also because of the scale and proportions of the home. The paved (or pea gravel, I can't quite tell) area in front of the house, the French doors, the sculpted trees in planters, all contribute to the charming French feel of the house. Although I am usually not a fan of mansard roofs (where the upper slope is steeper than the lower slope), it is perfect in this particular house. Mansard roofs are very French in style, and traditionally allowed for usable living space on the second floor of a one story home.
Although this house appears to be fairly small, it is actually about 5,800 square feet. I love homes that look small on the outside, but are actually quite spacious on the inside; this is a real testament to the skill of the architect who designed the home.
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