I don’t know who built this 1965 ranch in the heart of Frontenac, but my guess is that they lived with joie de vivre, or at least a strong affinity for French architecture. Looking at the center courtyard, charming shutters and hip roof covered in cedar shake, it’s impossible to deny the European influence here. And that’s before you even step inside.
All throughout the home, you’ll find nods to classic French style, from the elegant hearth and rustic beams in the great room to these richly paneled walls in the main living area….
Of course, the French Provincial/French Country look made a big comeback in the 1960s, so this place would’ve been right on target back then. It may look a bit dated these days, but let me tell you, the bones are definitely there to make this house fabulous again.
I wrote about a similar home for a magazine several years ago, and the transformation from heavy-handed vintage to a fresh, modern take on French Country was absolutely amazing. The key was combining natural materials (like wood floors and aged metal) with simple, elegant furnishings and vibrant textiles. Many of the elements had formal lines but the overall feel was definitely cozy and comfortable.
I’m not sure where I stuck that original article but you can see some nice examples of French County decor here.
As for this house, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s in a prime zip code, which means you could probably renovate and update and still be within a reasonable range for the neighborhood. Especially since the asking price is $360,000.
2835 Stonington Place has 3 bedrooms & 2.5 baths in 2714 square feet. It sits on nearly 1.2 acres and was just listed today by Tom Thornton, Prudential Alliance.
If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you this unique house, which is being sold “as-is” through an estate, give me a call! Buy it and I’ll even help you plant some lavender in the courtyard!