CLEAR LAKE — In a country setting but still close to town amenities and recreation, the home of Todd and Alanna Engels at 14833 Grouse Avenue is less than a quarter-mile outside Clear Lake city limits, a mile away from a state park and 2 miles away from a grocery store that’s a straight shot down Eighth Street.
With many of the perks of living in town, the setting also gets lots of wildlife, said Alanna, citing 13 wild turkeys the other day with two males fluffing up their feathers.
A barn-style corn crib is in the southwest corner of the property, and the hope has been to restore it, Alanna said. The property has nearly 4½ acres, and she noted it has a mature grove on the north and west, allowing for spectacular views on the east and south.
Todd and Alanna bought the acreage in 2012, the same year they were married, built the home in 2013, and moved in in February 2014. It hadn’t had a house on it for some time, Alanna said, and they put in a new well and a new septic system.
The couple designed the home based off a prefab in Estherville, and wanted a sleek, modern design. White is used as an accent for walls throughout the home. Solid core doors are in black. Ceilings are 9 feet tall, giving an open feeling, and walls are mostly light gray, changing color in the lighting.
Entering the home from the west gives a view of the dining room and a sliding door open to the east.
The black front door is flanked by short windows with a narrow grid. Recessed lighting and a dome light highlight the maple hardwood flooring, which has a charcoal glaze. The 4-inch planks are various lengths, and this flooring is used throughout much of the home, along with plush neutral carpet in bedrooms.
On the south of the entry, a low half-wall with wide white trim defines the 4-foot-wide stairwell leading to the unfinished basement.
On the north side of the entry is a full-length accent wall with a high cutout for getting light through to the entry. It provides separation from the living room upon entering the home.
At the north wall of the 20-by-16-foot living room, a gas fireplace with glass rocks is below the TV. It is not a heating fireplace because the home is so energy-efficient, with a high efficiency furnace, spray foam insulation and an air exchanger.
On the east and west sides of the TV and fireplace, white alcoves provide the accent. The high-efficiency living room windows on the west are in the prairie style and have a grid in between the glass. A ceiling fan has dark-colored wood blades with a brushed nickel base. Lighting is recessed. Thermal casement windows are used throughout the home.
On the east end of the expansive entry, the 14-by-14-foot dining room is set in a partial alcove, lighted by day from the white sliding door and windows set in a grid. A chrome chandelier with five lights and black metal mesh shades throws a Spirograph design on the ceilings.
The 18-by-14-foot kitchen on the south is open to the dining room. An oversized island runs north and south and has a counter with a high definition marble look. The arched west side has four chairs in dark wood. The kitchen has recessed lighting and three single, separate hanging chandeliers with mesh shades over the island.
Storage under the island includes a beverage cooler and a baking center, and drawers inside the cabinets. On the south end, a cabinet for a large mixer has a shelf that comes out and lifts up. Starmark cabinets are cherry/ebony stained.
All appliances are LG and go with the house. A double-wide stainless steel refrigerator on the north end of the kitchen has the freezer below. The French doors have inside shelves.
Counters run east, south and north and match the marble look of the island counter. The wide rectangular sink on the east is stainless steel and has a chrome faucet. Casement windows crank out. North of the sink are two sets of drawers and bins for garbage and recycling. Hardware is brushed nickel. South of the sink the stainless steel dishwasher has hidden controls.
A stainless steel gas stove in the middle on the south has five burners, an oven and a storage drawer, with a stainless steel microwave and range hood above.
In the corners of the lower cabinets are Lazy Susans. Above, corner cabinets have paned glass.
Cabinets above the counters have strips underneath for outlets. Cabinets are also wired for independent lighting. Screws are hidden on all switches in the home.
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Lower than the counter, a desk at the north end of the west counter and cabinets provides office space. And a door just north on the west wall opens to a 9-by-6-foot walk-in pantry with 8-foot shelves.
Cabinets are of varied height with accent trim pieces at the top. With 9-foot ceilings, cabinets don’t go all the way up as they couldn’t be reached.
From the entry, an extra-wide hallway on the south has the same hardwood flooring. The house is designed to be handicapped accessible.
A double closet on the east has bi-fold black doors in a sleek modern design. At the south end are the entrances to bedrooms on the south and southwest.
On the west, the 14-by-12-foot nursery has dark bi-fold doors on a closet just inside the room on the south. An alcove on the west end gives depth. Two long casement windows on the west wall have white grids. Walls are a light aqua. The ceiling fan is chrome with ebony wood blades and a dome light. This style is also used in the guest bedroom.
In the southwest corner, the 12-by-12-foot guest bedroom has a rectangular accent window on the south, letting in sunlight. Double casement windows with grids are on the west. Black bi-fold doors cover a closet on the north wall. Plush carpet is a neutral gray/beige.
The bathroom has a black door and cabinets stained cherry. A molded oval sink on the south is white with chrome fixtures, and is surrounded by a gray counter with black speckles. The shower/tub is on the east, with a dome light on the ceiling. The mirror above the sink has four lights with oval shades. The ceramic tile floor is in a neutral shade.
At the south end of the hallway, the 16-by-14-foot master bedroom also has plush neutral gray/beige carpet. Short rectangular casement windows with white grids flank the bed on the south, which has a gray/blue accent wall. The north end is a partial alcove with a TV. A carpeted hallway is on the east and doors on the north and south are black. His and hers closets have automatic lighting. Doors have brushed nickel lever handles.
The master bath is at the east end of the hallway, with porcelain tile in a rectangular design. The porcelain tile is smoother than ceramic tile, Alanna said.
An oversized soaking tub on the east has square windows above with a white grid. The tub has chrome fixtures and a small modern glass chandelier above. The shower is just south of the tub and has recessed light and sliding glass doors. The shower has silvery glass and mosaic tile and a glass marble stainless steel accent wall.
Double rectangular white sinks on the west have chrome fixtures. Three lights above each sink have frosted glass squared shades. Four drawers and two cabinets below are stained cherry.
At the north end of the tub, a narrow three-door linen cabinet has a built-in hamper below. The cabinet is ebony stained. A black door on the north opens to the toilet and has the same porcelain tile. An accent window lights the room.
Off the dining room at the east end of the entry, a north/south hallway is wheelchair-accessible. The half-bath on the west has a toilet and a pedestal sink. The sink has a vintage faucet and light fixture. The hallway has the same maple hardwood flooring with charcoal glaze. A coat closet on the west has black bi-fold doors.
The laundry is on the east and the washer and dryer are on the east wall, which is done in a teal accent. White double casement windows on the east are done with a grid and are above the height of the washer and dryer. A dog door to the garage is on the north wall.
A black steel door at the north end of the hallway opens to the attached, oversized garage. The two-stall garage is double in length and could fit four vehicles or have the front used as a shop. It has in-floor heat. A steel black door opens to the north side of the property.
The unfinished basement also has in-floor heat, as well as 8-foot ceilings. It is currently studded for another full bath, two bedrooms, office, exercise room and living room, still with plenty of storage. It is the same size as the main floor — 2,231 square feet.
Utilities in the basement include a furnace, water heater, water softener, air purifier, air exchanger, sump pumps and electrical panel. The forced-air furnace uses propane. The air exchanger is in use because of the efficiency of the foam insulation. The home has central air conditioning.
The one-story ranch-style home has frame construction and vinyl siding, a poured foundation and asphalt roof. The driveway is concrete and gravel.
The home and acreage are listed with Jane Fischer of Century 21 Preferred at $465,000. Agency is 641-424-9400. Fischer can be reached at 641-425-4900. Email is Jane@JaneFischer.com. To view the home, call the agency or Fischer.