January: A fit for any family
The attractive four-bed room, five-bathroom residence at 1126 Onyx Court is a spacious and inviting home in one of Mason City's nicest neighborhoods.
The 6,080-square-foot two-story home off a quiet cul-de-sac in the city's Stone Pillar neighborhood greets visitors with a soaring entrance. Built in 2004, the home is complimented by tasteful landscaping on the oversized, .67-acre lot.
"To me, this is the best-priced per-square-foot home," said agent Dodie Wilkins. "You couldn't even come close to building it for what it's listed for."
Visitors to the home will notice the roomy 14-by-13-foot office with French doors to the left of the foyer. A large formal dining room is on the right.
The roomy foyer opens to the stylish main staircase, which has wrought-iron details, and the entire area is bathed in light from massive windows in the adjacent formal living room that overlooks the backyard. With its 18-foot ceilings, the formal living room lends an air of drama to the home.
February: Home overflows with space, light
The recently completed twin home at 2347 Ping Court in Mason City is a light-filled residence with an open floor plan, immaculate kitchen and plenty of space for family gatherings.
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch-style home — with an office that could be used as a fourth bedroom — has 3,452 square feet of living space. It is located in a cul-de-sac in the Fairways Addition near the Mason City Country Club on the city's west side.
The house is attractively decorated in grays and neutral colors.
Guests entering through the front door step onto a tile inlay floor, and go into the home through an extra-wide hallway covered with 3/4-inch sandstone birch plank flooring. The hallway was built wide on purpose, Elwood explained, in order to accommodate wheelchairs.
The office, which has a closet, is located to the left of the entry. A large window — the home has Anderson Windows — gives it a bright, fresh feeling. Also off the hallway is a powder room with quartz countertops and a backlit smart mirror.
March: Nature lover's dream
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.
April: Grand house in a coveted neighborhood
Those looking for a roomy, well-designed home can find it a quiet cul-de-sac of in one of Mason City's most coveted neighborhoods.
Perfect for family living, 423 Prairie View Court is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom 4,644-square-foot home overlooking peaceful farm fields that border the city's Asbury Farm community. The residence is owned by Rob and Kristin White, who have created a mix of well-planned space, high-end finishes and comfortable family gathering spaces.
Visitors enter through a soaring, two-story covered entryway with brick pillars. The home, which is covered in durable metal siding, is accented by a landscaped yard planted with perennials, shrubs and space left for your favorite annuals.
The interior of the two-story entryway is bathed in light thanks to a large window above the door. To the left is a roomy bedroom – currently used as an office, but it does have a closet – that is entered through French doors. To the right is the family room, which has a very tall vaulted ceiling.
May: Modern farmhouse
Modern farmhouse” is part of today’s design lexicon. Designers and builders describe the concept as being as much a feeling as a style.
Built by Kugler Construction, this modern Iowa farmhouse respects its history and interprets the style with fresh, family-friendly appeal — and a hint of urban sophistication.
The four-bedroom home has 2,085 square feet on the main level and 1,500 square feet on the lower level.
Throughout much of the main level, luxury vinyl floors have the look and texture of hardwood. The neutral color scheme — primarily white and shades of gray — easily takes on a wide range of accent colors. Galvanized metal railings provide a barrier between the living room and stairs going down to the lower level.
The living room fireplace is inviting and brings a pleasing symmetry to the cozy, comfortably furnished space. “The homeowners asked us to incorporate wood from an uncle’s old barn that was taken down in a tornado. It was interesting to figure out how to use it in the house,” says Bill Kugler Jr.
June: Spacious living, room to grow
The ranch style home at 230 Boulder Road is an impeccably updated five-bedroom, three-bathroom home with high-end finishes and a spacious, landscaped yard. It is located on a quiet street in the Asbury Farm neighborhood, a sought-after area dotted with parks and walking trails on Mason City's east side.
Owned by Brock and Heather Cookman, the residence is trimmed in attractive and durable siding with a stone-faced, covered entrance. It has additional curb appeal from the landscaped front and back yards, as well as a stamped concrete, brick-patterned front walkway.
Listing agent Dodie Wilkins, of Century 21 Preferred, said the property's location in the coveted Asbury Farm area and many tasteful, high-end improvements made by the homeowners in recent years made it stand out an incredible buy.
"You couldn't possibly build this property for what you could purchase it for," she said.
Built in 2008, the roughly 4,000-square foot home was on one of two attached parcels offered by the sellers. They were available separately or together.
July: Country views, city access
Located out in the country on the edge of Mason City – yet a mere 90 seconds from Starbucks – is a 12-plus-acre, Oak-studded oasis with sweeping views of Willow Creek and the flexibility to fit nearly any homeowner's desire.
Currently configured as a turnkey horse farm, the property at 1350 N. Eisenhower Ave., includes a custom four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home, a thoughtfully-planned 6-stall barn, large indoor arena and separate, two-story shed with finished loft and pergola for outdoor entertaining.
Conveniently located near the intersection with 12th Street Northwest, the well-tended and tastefully landscaped property is surrounded by nature. Durable three-rail, white vinyl fencing encircles numerous paddocks.
The 3,120-square-foot, two-story home is stocked with custom finishes and quality construction.
The home is a true window to the outdoors with multiple vistas to take in Willow Creek. In addition to the covered porch, there's a full-length back deck overlooking the river and the shade gardens below.
August: New home offers modern design
Buyers searching for a brand new, never-been-lived-in home in one of Mason City's best neighborhoods can find it at 250 Sumac Road. Built and owned by Rye Construction, the four-bedroom, three-plus bathroom 3,800-square-foot residence in a subdivision of Asbury has custom finishes, quality craftsmanship and the popular open floor plan.
"The house is very modern, very contemporary in its design," said listing agent Jennifer Ramaeker, of River City Iowa Realty.
The corner lot home features an extra-wide driveway leading to the oversized, extra-long garage with room for vehicles, toys and, if desired, a working area as well. Guests entering the home's main entry will see the maple hardwood, open design and the striking white and dark wood open staircase.
The home's light-filled dining and family areas are open to the kitchen, which features granite countertops, white tile backsplash and white StarMark cabinetry. The breakfast bar is accented by stone facing, and the kitchen is complemented by contemporary light fixtures.
September: Crafted touches add to function
Spacious, thoughtfully designed living in a prime neighborhood. That’s the essence of the six-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 65 Pebble Creek Drive in Mason City.
Set off by lush plantings and impeccable landscaping, the 6,575-square-foot house on the west side of Mason City was built for its current owners with an eye for quality, style and functionality. Very spacious, 65 Pebble Creek is not one of those homes that are big for the sake of being big: the owners took their time to carefully craft a home with the perfect flow and selected high-end finishes for their style, durability and functionality.
Guests enter the home through a double-height entryway with attractive tile flooring. A rug-sized tile pattern just inside the entryway creates an extra style detail on the flooring while maintaining the durability of tile.
It’s a short walk to the great room, with its soaring double-height ceiling and full wall of windows overlooking the spacious backyard. Perfect for entertaining, the great room has a gas fireplace with stone surround flanked on both sides by walls of cherry Custom Cabinetry.
October: Spacious and indelible surroundings
Updated. Turnkey. Impeccably maintained.
The four-bedroom, 2.5-bath brick-front home at 32 Concord Lane is ready for new residents to to enjoy its perfect location in Mason City’s Eastbrooke neighborhood.
Located just east of Mason City High School north of Highway 122, Eastbrooke is a throw-back to the days when people were friends with next-door neighbors and local kids ran around and played all day. It has a community pool, shelter houses, a playground, tennis courts and a baseball diamond.
The stately two-story at 32 Concord Lane is on a quiet cul-de-sac and located alongside one of Eastbrooke’s expansive common area. That means residents look out the back windows and sliding-glass doors into a maintained grassy and tree-studded field with no houses.
“Kids play ball out here. It’s just really nice to have that there,” homeowner Ron Bloxham said, looking through kitchen window into the common space behind his backyard. “And, of course, this is so nice and bright, because you’re not looking at anybody else’s house.”
November: Space, peace, 'every attention to detail'
A red brick sidewalk leading to the entrance to the home of Kurt and Michelle Lamers provides an inviting hint of the unique features inside their home at 5 Hawthorn in the Asbury neighborhood of Mason City.
The two-story brick and frame home has five bedrooms, two family rooms, three bathrooms, a three-car attached garage and a greenhouse in back that can be used for any number of purposes. Located on a spacious lot, the home occupies 4,704 square feet of comfortable, efficient living space.
It is large yet cozy, elegant yet comfy.
The house was custom built by the late Gunther Hugo, a well-known Mason City builder.
“Every attention to detail was given to this amazing home,” said Shannon Anderson of Re/Max Heartland Realtors, the listing agent. “It has rich hardwood flooring and crown molding throughout.
“The main floor family room has custom built-ins and a wood-burning fireplace. The living room has vaulted ceilings and gorgeous hardwood flooring,” said Anderson. “The formal dining room has indirect lighting and is a great place for entertaining.”