December REE 1 COVER
CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

The 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house belonging to Andrea and Andy Johnson is a spacious, well-thought out home in one of Mason City's quietest and most convenient neighborhoods.

Built in 2004, the 4,010-square-foot home is located at 105 Pebble Creek Drive. That's a well-kept neighborhood on the city's west side, located just north of Highway 122.

Its large, wraparound porch and stone facing — along with fresh white trim, dark shutters and landscaped trees and plants — gives a great first impression as visitors walk up the front walk.

Extending along the front of the home and around the side of the formal dining room, the porch is a favorite spot for the current homeowners to sit and drink coffee and start the day.

Inside, the entryway leads to an open staircase and, to the left, the formal living room. Currently housing the family's Christmas tree, with its 9-foot ceiling, has previously served the family as a sitting room with a full-sized sofa and chairs.

The formal dining room is next, featuring windows with a view into the spacious backyard. It's the family's spot for holiday dinners, offering plenty of space to pull out the table and slide in more chairs for big Christmas or Thanksgiving meals.

The kitchen features maple Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry, granite countertops from Capstone Granite in Des Moines and a custom tile backsplash. It's equipped with new, stainless steel appliances. Flooring is solid maple hardwood, which still shines from a recent refinishing.

The kitchen is a true communal space, its breakfast bar offering a spot for a quick snack and conversation. The hub of the main floor, it is designed in an open concept to the cozy living room and the unique, light-filled sun room.

Lined by eight floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors, the sun room more than lives up to its name. Right next to the kitchen — and fully open — the sun room allows those taking in the views of the backyard to converse with those sitting at the breakfast bar or working in the kitchen.

The sun room looks onto an oversized, landscaped patio. The spacious outdoor living space is usually the site of two seating areas, including a dining area and fire pit, so the family can enjoy the outdoors during the warm weather months.

The kitchen and sun rooms are the current family's favorite spots in the home.

"It's where everybody goes," said Andrea Johnson, standing near the breakfast bar. "We all hang out here at the barstools — this is kind of our hang-out-and-talk space."

The area also includes a built-in desk, with cabinets for storage. The family used it as a spot for the communal computer, but its location also would allow parents to keep tabs on youngsters tackling their homework.

The heart of the living room is an attractive stone fireplace. The 19-by-14-foot carpeted, sunken room features deep built-ins and a glass door leading to the patio. The door is screened, allowing for the breeze to come in and the bugs to stay out.

The first floor also includes a powder room with Corian countertops and, out in the hallway, a very large walk-in closet, which has an impressive combination of built-in storage, hanging space and room for other items.

The three-stall garage has plenty of additional storage space, allowing extra room for storing bicycles and yard toys as well as a place for racks or shelving.

Upstairs, the 18-by-13-foot master bedroom features tray ceilings and windows to let in the morning light. It is attached to the master bathroom, which features double sinks, extra-long countertops, a large Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Windows looking into the backyard give it a light, airy feeling.

The entrance to the master closet, a very large walk-in, is in the bathroom. The closet has an abundance of racks, shelves and drawers to allow for optimal organization.

Down the hall, an upstairs laundry is equipped with side-by-side washer and dryer. It also has a sink, lots of cabinets and a large closet. Nearby is a full bathroom.

There are three more bedrooms on the second floor of the home: Two side-by-side identical bedrooms and a fourth bedroom, which is currently being used as an office.

The home's finished basement features high ceilings, egress windows that let in ample light and the kind of space that can be used in a wide variety of ways. In short, it is flexible space that offers a lot of options.

Currently, part of the 1,355-square-foot basement is used as a television area and a large section is used as a gym. The television area is carpeted. The homeowners installed durable, attractive hard flooring in the gym area.

It also has a bright bathroom with a shower.

Additionally, the basement includes two options for storage — a storage room and a multi-purpose room that houses the mechanicals. In addition to housing the high-efficiency furnace and air-conditioning system, the second of the rooms also serves as a storage area and place to work on home projects. It was more than large enough to allow the current homeowners to wax cross-country skis.

Situated on a 140-by-180-foot lot, the home is surrounded by properties — like 105 Pebble Creek Drive — are impeccably maintained with great curb appeal — clearly cared for with pride and respect for the neighborhood. It's mere minutes from shopping and a short trip to downtown Mason City.

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