The residence at 1853 Springview Drive is an impeccably maintained 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom home in a great southwest Mason City neighborhood. Built in 1976, the blue, ranch-style house features a variety of thoughtful amenities and updates.
Homeowner Marlys Nelson, who lives in the home with her husband, Richard, in particular loves the kitchen, which the couple doubled in size through a recent renovation. The result is a roomy kitchen open to the spacious dining room. A very large island, which is movable, offers additional seating. A full wall of cabinets offer abundant storage, and their white color adds to the bright feeling of the room.
"I love the openness," said Marlys, who said the room was remodeled about six years ago. "
Much of that brightness comes from the large south-facing bay window in the kitchen, which provides a beautiful view of the well-tended fenced-in backyard. A second window lets even more light into the dining room.
The backyard is a nature lover's dream, frequented by songbirds, squirrels and the occasional turkey or deer. It also shows the earmarks of Marlys, a devoted gardener, whose handiwork compliments the home with attractive landscaping and flower beds stocked with lovely perennial flowers.
"When we first came here there was even pheasants," Nelson said. "And, of course, we have the squirrels and the birds, so that's been a real asset."
Outdoor living is the name of the game, and 1853 Springview Drive has that in the form of a large deck in the backyard. It's plenty big for lounging and taking in nature, or grilling a ribeye steak or two, or some hot dogs for the kids. A large, metal-framed gazebo -- the perfect place for a bit of shade -- sells with the house.
The backyard is accented by a Japanese lilac tree and a linden tree. Just beyond the back fence, crabapple and apple trees provide picturesque blossoms in the spring.
The home has an attached two-car garage, but the property also includes a wooden storage shed in the backyard for housing tools, yard equipment or other items.
The kitchen isn't the only room in the house with a view. The 21-by-11.6-foot living room has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out the front yard. Like all the windows in the house, those in the living room are high-quality triple-pane windows that were installed last year and have a lifetime warranty.
The carpet in the living room, as with the rest of the first floor, was installed recently and, as with other features of the home,is in very good condition. There is a coat closet in the living room for additional storage and laminate flooring just inside the entryway to keep dirt and mud off the carpet.
From the living room, occupants have a view of Springview Drive. The home is south of Spring Lake next to the Briarstone neighborhood, and -- even in winter -- it's not unusual to see people, even though they're bundled up out strolling in pairs or exercising their dogs in the walkable, quiet, residential neighborhood lined with well-kept homes and dotted with mature trees.
There are many outdoor recreation options in the neighborhood, from connecting to one of the biking paths or heading over to Lester Milligan Park.
Down the hall from the living room, the three bedrooms are all good size -- one is 11.6 feet by 11.6 feet and the other two are both 12-feet by 10 -feet and feature ceiling fans and roomy closets. The master bedroom has a half bath.
The main bathroom in the home is in the hallway. A linen closet in the hallway also offers additional storage.
The carpeted basement features a large living room at the bottom of the stairs -- complete with a bar for entertaining -- and a second room that could be converted into a bedroom. The 15-foot by 11-foot room has a mammoth closet that runs the length of the room. It also has a three-quarter bathroom.
Like the windows, the mechanicals in the house are up-to-date and energy efficient. The furnace was installed last August. The hot water heater was installed in 2016.
The basement is rounded out by a laundry area and large storage room.
The home is listed for $178,500 with Holtz Realty. The listing agent is Joe Chodur.