from the homeowner | Designing a house is the perfect opportunity to put in all the details and special touches that really make it the perfect home. That’s what Alexandra Gutierrez and her family experienced with 8173 Stratford Drive in Clayton. “We’re moving to another state, but we’ve loved living in the home,” she explains. “We hope the next homeowners appreciate the love and care that went into
building this house.”
What do you like about the neighborhood?
The home is located in Clayton Gardens, so it’s as close to the city as you can get without living in the city. It’s an incredible neighborhood for families—there are always kids playing outside. You can walk to downtown Clayton, Shaw Park and schools.
Tell me about some standout features of the home.
It has a very open layout. When you walk in, you have the formal living and dining rooms, and as soon as you pass through those areas, the kitchen and great room are one big open space. There’s a great atmosphere for conversation and togetherness. The home also has incredible finishes, like crown molding, coffered ceilings and very elegant paneling on the walls.
How is the home for entertaining?
We entertained often. The home has great flow between the great room and deck thanks to a pair of French doors. It’s very common for us to have guests move between indoor and outdoor spaces whenever we have company.
What are the outdoor spaces like?
The deck is great for just relaxing with a friend, and it’s one of my favorite areas. There’s a fireplace and all-weather sound system. Because the property faces north, it’s easy to have a garden. I grew tomatoes, peas, beets, herbs and more. The landscaping offers a lot of privacy to enjoy the outdoor spaces.
Do you have a favorite room?
The great opens up to the kitchen. It’s where we spent time together as a family—watching TV or just hanging out. The kids could do their homework at the kitchen island, or we could bake cookies together and take a break to watch TV while they were in the oven. The large fireplace is great to gather around.
What would you like the next homeowner to know about the property?
We thought about every detail to make it a place where a family could gather together. It also has a quality of finishes you don’t find everywhere. I hope the next homeowners appreciate the care that went in to making this property so special.
from the agent
“The attention to detail really makes this home stand out in the ‘new’ construction arena!”
Price | $2,299,000
Listing Agent | Julie Lane
Agency | Janet McAfee Real Estate
Phone | 314.303.6504 | 314.997.4800
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