144 Mead Rd
With its picket fence and wide front porch, this Craftsman-style home, tucked on a tree-lined street, clearly holds a lot of appeal. What you can’t tell from the street is how much space it holds.
This is a house for a family who seeks sprawling comfort, in common spaces – in its four bedrooms, and even the basement, which holds a roomy in-law suite with one additional bedroom and a fourth full bath. Perhaps its crowning achievement is to offer its owners all this spaciousness in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood, an easy walk from Oakhurst Village and the pubs and restaurants of College Avenue.
Stroll through the home and you’ll find one giant, open area after another, all freshly painted, with every room supersized in both space and function. It begins in the front, with a high-ceiling open-concept living space, naturally illuminated through an array of windows, or, on a cool night, lit by the glow from a stone-hearthed fireplace. The adjoined dining area can seat up to 10, with more room for an heirloom buffet or china cabinet. The space flows seamlessly to a massive kitchen, loaded with cabinets – all with granite countertops and tile backsplash – and an island breakfast bar with room for six. Look past the double oven and other stainless steel appliances and you’ll see glass doors opening to a yawning family room, ready for cozy evenings by the fireplace while gandering at the large, lovely, private backyard through wall-to-wall windows. In pleasant weather, heed that view’s call and step out to the raised back deck, where you can keep an eye on the kids playing in the privacy-fenced yard while grilling on your Big Green Egg.
The home’s main level, all covered in hardwood floors, also holds two bedrooms, each with large closets, a full bathroom with modern tile and a combination tub and shower, and spacious laundry room boasting a utility sink, closets, and more storage. Upstairs is the breathtaking master suite, as large as an apartment, with room for a full bedroom and living room set. There’s a large walk-in closet, and a roomy bathroom that feels like a tranquil spa, with a Jacuzzi-style soaking tub, glass shower with two shower heads, abundant storage, and a double vanity. The second story also hosts another large bedroom with big closets, and there’s a full hall bath.
Downstairs from the main level is a one-car garage and a private entrance to the in-law suite. It’s a space brightened with natural light and offers a full kitchen (apportioned with granite counters and stainless appliances), a living room/dining room, and several storage closets – not including the large closet in the one bedroom. The suite’s bathroom has a glass shower and modern tile treatments.
A roomy home has never been more important, and this gem has it in spades.
Address: 144 Mead Rd
Square Feet: n/a
Year Built: 1921