Just Listed: Expanded Cape in Pocono Pines
No mere saltbox this: this expansive Cape Cod house on Pocono Pines’ third lake boasts many open, soaring, dramatic spaces.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Cape Cod house”?
Chances are, it’s an image of a simple little saltbox of brick, wood or both, with two or three dormers poking out of its steeply pitched roof. Inside you find cozy, low-ceilinged rooms that evoke the feeling of Colonial times, no matter how modern the rooms may be. Maybe it has a porch; more likely, it doesn’t.
This Pocono Pines Cape Cod house for sale shatters that image completely.
Located in the country-club community of Pinecrest Lake, this Cape on steroids puts the ambiance of a ski lodge in a classic New England shell.
Cross the welcoming front porch, walk through the front door, travel down a short corridor and prepare to be wowed by the two-story-high great room, the heart of this house.
Beneath this room’s cathedral ceiling lie a full-height stone fireplace, a balcony overlook from the second-floor den, a spacious living-dining area and a mirrored wet bar. French doors beneath its fanlight window lead out onto the rear deck.
Attached and open to this space are the kitchen and breakfast room. The kitchen boasts up-to-date stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, plenty of farmhouse-style cabinet storage and a central island with seating for four (or six).
The adjacent breakfast room has room for a table for eight.
Behind the breakfast room is another cathedral-ceiling-topped space. The family room in this house features loads of windows, including a fanlight in its center, and French doors that also lead to the rear deck. This room’s fanlight tops a stone gas fireplace.
Even though its style is traditional, its sensibility is thoroughly modern, as might befit a house built in 1993. By then, single-floor living had become a desirable feature, and this house offers it with a main-floor primary suite.
In it, you will find a study, a bedroom with yet another gabled cathedral ceiling and clerestory window, and a commodious bathroom with dual vanities, a shower and a soaking tub in its toilet room.
And if that study doesn’t feel like work-from-home space, an actual home office lies to the right of the entrance hall. Thus, you could turn the study into a sitting room if you so desire.
Upstairs, two more bedrooms and a hall bath ring a loft den that overlooks the great room.
If a woodsy setting appeals to you, you will love living in this house situated amidst tall trees and ringed by rhododendrons. A pleasant walk along meandering Brookside Drive in one direction takes you to the road leading to the Tamaque Lake reservoir, also known as Pinecrest Lake. Head the other way down Brookside and you will soon arrive at Pinecrest Lake’s community swim club, part of the Pinecrest Lake Golf and Country Club. Buy this Pocono Pines Cape Cod house for sale and membership in the country club comes with it.
Outdoor fun surrounds you here. Besides the country club, the developer of this and nearby Naomi Lake left you a spectacular free gift just across Brookside Drive and a short trek through the woods: the 850-acre Lost Lakes tract, which the estate of the late developer Logan Steele donated to the Nature Conservancy in 1994, the year after this Pocono Pines Cape Cod house for sale was built. We now know this largest remnant of the terminal moraine deposited in the Pennsylvania highlands by the last Ice Age glacier by the more prosaic name of State Game Lands 318.
You’re also a short drive away from the town center of Tobyhanna Township, where you will find shops and services.
Given this house’s jaw-dropping style, many amenities and attractive location, how much do you think all this would cost?
Before you answer this question, remember, you’re buying in the Poconos, land of the affordable resort home.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,888
SALE PRICE: $485,000
OTHER STUFF: This house also has a two-car attached garage. The $6,680 annual homeowners’ association fee covers the maintenance of common roads and facilities. It also includes country club membership and gives you access to Pinecrest Lake’s maintenance crews when you need to perform maintenance work on your own home.
458 Brookside Dr., Pocono Pines, Pa. 1835o [Claire Dembinski | Pocono Pines Living | Dembinski Realty Company]