Five years ago when the owner of 48 Verdun Street thought about building their dream home their last concern was reselling it.
As such they built the kind of home that many of us would love. This one story home spared no expense, because the site was amazing. It had nearly 2 ½ acres and it was in Latham. They were committed to make their dream home be very comfortable, visually attractive, highly efficient and practical. The floor plan was expanded and the finishes were next.
Their search for the right setting had been achieved. It was situated at the end of the Cul de Sac in the most private part of Archmont Knolls where it seemed unlikely that a lot of over 2 acres could be possible. Here the home overlooked beautiful trees and offered access to abundant hiking and snowshoeing opportunities, yet with hardly any grass to cut. Perfect!
Just like building any new home the extras, options and choices can be fun at times, but for most the expenses mount up quickly and are usually hefty. The list of upgrades can include very specific items which are customized, but often some of the most basic items are charged as an upgrade or option. Today, that’s, just good marketing. Builders love to get people excited and a low entry price helps. Once a Buyer becomes engaged, it is a well-known fact that the house typically becomes more costly just because the buyer needs to buy numerous things that don’t come “standard.”
The alternative is to feel the disappointment that comes with building what they can afford often making numerous sacrifices. Let’s just consider some of the really great points, options, and upgrades included in this home, but not reflected in the offering price. First, it starts when you arrive. This expanded ranch version was built with the “Alternate” Floor Plan with stone, extra windows and a 9’ basement. It was built with a generously sized side entry garage as well. The extra square footage makes the bedrooms a little larger and makes the home feel so much more comfortable. It comes as no surprise that this beautiful site required a significant lot premium. Due to the depth of the lot and topography, it has direct access to Nature Conservation Easement lands where the owners have enjoyed hours of hiking and snowshoeing.
Of course, to fully enjoy the beautiful yard a custom Timber Tech Deck was installed entering from the Breakfast Room. The green of the landscaping and lawn are enhanced by an extensive Tru Lawn Irrigation System. Surprisingly, even though there are over 2 Acres, there is a minimal amount of care required for the grounds. The owners have a great and reasonably priced contractor so they can enjoy a Low Maintenance lifestyle and you can too.
The interior of the home was carefully planned and includes numerous upgrades. Some of the popular choices include 9’ ceilings, tray ceilings, high end cork flooring and upgraded tile and carpets as well.
If you have a serious hobby the basement will be incredibly hard to match. As a serious woodworker, the homeowner planned the workshop with a level of detail that is unequalled. The State of the Art workshop is 24’ x 20’ and it includes a separate electric service with 110 and 220 volt outlets virtually everywhere and extensive soundproofing/dust abatement provisions.
When it comes to saving money this home boasts Low Taxes, Low Energy bills and nearly new construction. Even though the taxes are amazingly low, you will reside in the highly regarded North Colonie School District, that many rate as one of the area’s Best school districts. The total energy costs averaged $147 monthly for 2012 and 2013. The added insulation (R38) and Energy Star Rating should provide confidence that the long term energy costs with this home are hard to impossible to beat.
This home was built to enjoy. It was thoughtfully planned out. It was built as a home and not as a commodity. It was created to last and it wasn’t planned to be like “everybody else’s home.” Today, it is being offered at a fraction of the owner’s cost. You are being introduced to a home where quality came first. If you purchase this home you can be assured that quality, substance and detail were foremost in the mind of the owner when building.
Buying this home you can be assured that you have purchased a home that most people wish they could afford. A home that when compared to others, stands tall and would make a Builder “scratch his head” when he sees the Value you will receive for the Price. Welcome to 48 Verdun Street. Make it Yours!
- MLS® ID: 201403803
- Year Built: 2008
- Status: Sold on 10/1/2014
- Parking Type Description: Attached 2 cars
- Lot Area: 2.42
- High School: Shaker High School
- Property ID: 103299027
- Beds: 3
- Total Rooms: 6
- New Construction: No
- Estimated Annual Taxes: $9,353
- School District: North Colonie
- Style: Ranch
- Baths: 2 (Full: 2 3/4: 0 1/2: 0 Other: 0)
- Fireplaces: 1
- Total Square Footage: 2,120 ($202.78 per sq. foot)
- County: Albany
- Subdivision: Archmont Knolls