Famous Dutch conductor Andre Rieu said, "Coming home is one of the most beautiful things." It's not hard to imagine that he was thinking about a place like 34 Ridge Drive when he uttered these words, as there is no truer sentiment to describe this beautiful Forest Ridge property. Nestled in the woods, among its upscale neighbors, the home sits majestically at the end of a long driveway, perched upon the slightest swell. The landscaping is lush and meticulously maintained in both the front and rear yards. Sitting on the large rear deck (26 x 12), you might think you~re in a park. Carefully groomed paths meander through the woods flanked by lavish gardens and two tastefully appointed sheds (8 x 16 and 18 x 12). The resort-like grounds are just a hint of what awaits within. Hold your breath and step inside. Because, wow! Just wow! The soaring two-story foyer is light-filled and grand, plus the floor plan makes so much sense. Custom builder GG&F spared no expense when this property was built and the current homeowners have upgraded and improved the property year after year. So where to begin? Well, the entire first floor boasts rich brown hardwood floors (installed 2016) that flow beautifully from room to room, creating a continuous color scheme. All walls have been recently painted in refreshing, neutral tones. The kitchen underwent a major overhaul in 2016 and now has a slick, modern feel with white cabinets, granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances, and under cabinet lighting. The island doubles as a perfect workspace and a spot for quick meals. The family room is both spacious and inviting with a floor-to-ceiling hearth (wood stove insert), new skylights with remote control power shades, and large, light-giving windows. There is also a full guest suite on the main floor complete with its own bathroom (it could double as a second master bedroom). Ah, and talk about the master bedroom . . . it's huge with a sitting area, walk-in closet, and luxurious adjoining bathroom. The upper level also includes three additional, well-sized bedrooms. Yes, you counted correctly. This home has FIVE bedrooms! The laundry room doubles as a mudroom with it separate, rear yard entrance and slop sink and the basement is super clean with tons of extra storage space. But the most amazing thing about this property is the electric bill. That~s right . . . to run the entire house is only $219/month - that's your complete utility expense. This is because the seller had a first class Geothermal heating and cooling system was installed in 2012 and then had the ceiling re-insulated and NOW . . . It's like living in a mansion with the utility expenses of an apartment. There is also a whole house generator (2016), a water filtration system, which includes a top-of-the-line reverse osmosis component, a new roof (2016), a new 50 gallon hot water heater (2016), security system (2010), new well pump (2012), and the garage is the cleanest, neatest car hotel I've ever seen with fresh paint and a spic-and-span vinyl floor. Yes, coming home truly is one of the most beautiful things. Especially when your address is 34 Ridge Drive!
Listing courtesy of BHHS Homesale Realty- Reading Berks.
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