Simple lakefront ranch has grown up into a lush Mediterranean retreat complete with fantastical faux finishes and murals inside
The home at 6444 Westshore Road started life in 1958 as a simple brick ranch on the shores of Spring Lake.
The home off Rockbridge Road was transformed about five years ago, with the brick covered in stucco giving it a Mediterranean look. There's a wide-open floor plan. The garage was turned into an office and playroom with paneled walls and heart pine floors. The back wall was pushed out and a wall of windows now offers a view of the lake.
But the artwork and faux finishes on every wall in the house is what makes it memorable.
"Every surface is painted or artistically touched in some way," said Realtor Christy Seguin of Coldwell Banker United.
She's not exaggerating.
Consider the great room, where the ceiling depicts the sun rising on the side facing the water and setting on the opposite side of the room. Move on to the master bath with its sea-green walls complete with fish, coral and a mermaid. Clouds cover the ceiling of the master bedroom. The hallway walls are textured. The kitchen features ebonized cabinets with a black distressed finish.
And the list goes on.
The 3,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house has been on the market for about six months. The asking price is $649,000.
"You just don't find a house like this in this area," Seguin said.
The home is not far from the Rockbridge Road bridge and includes a dock and a view of the lake. There's a screened porch with a sink and a seating area, along with open decks.
"It's a party house, no doubt," Seguin said.
While the artwork on the walls is an attention grabber, Seguin said it could always be painted over.
"The decor is strong for a lot of people," Seguin said. "But for someone who likes the bold and unusual . . . It's perfect."
ABOUT THE HOUSE
Address: 6444 Westshore in Forest Lake subdivision off Rockbridge Road
Size: Three bedroom, 2 1/2 baths. 3,408 square feet
Details: Granite kitchen countertops; cabinet interiors are tiled; skylights in the great room and the kitchen; lush landscaping with fountains; carport; lakefront.
Schools: Richland 2, Forest Lake Elementary, Dent Middle and Richland Northeast High
More info: Christy Seguin, Coldwell Banker, christyseguin.com, (803) 665-2144