If you didn't already know the house at 146 Bluff St. was in Streator, you would think you were in a rural country estate neighborhood.
All of the homes in the neighborhood are unique and spaced just enough to give the illusion of being in the country. However, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home for sale on Bluff Street is close to Route 23 and very much in town.
“I grew up in this home,” owner Steve Myers said. “What I remember most is the fact that we lived in town, the street goes past it, and yet there was never any traffic. We had neighbors, but since we were at the dead end part of the street, there just wasn't any traffic.”
The flow of the 3,450-square-foot home has space for a large family, yet it cozy enough to satisfy a couple or a smaller family. There are many "first things" to notice throughout the home. Step through the front door, enter the foyer and turn left. That's where you'll find a guest bathroom with an unusual vanity/faucet combination: flowers painted into the vanity bowl with matching flowers on the two gold faucets. Myers said it was the original vanity.
“I just saw this idea on HGTV,” said real estate agent Beckie Chismarick. “Imagine my surprise when I saw this guest bath for the first time. I'm not even sure where you would find a sink like this.”
Still in the foyer with Travertine tile, look to the right and see a wide staircase leading to the bedrooms and study on the upper level. You'll see a large, vertical stained glass window and see a second one on the steps leading to the lower basement level. Myers said the windows are original.
But step from the foyer into the living room and you'll know immediately why this home has such a rural feeling to it.
“The view in the living room is unbelievable,” Myers said. “You don't see any neighbors; you see trees. My dad planted Japanese maples and with the other trees, you've got seclusion with just beautiful views. The backyard is about 250 to 300 feet with a lot of trails that lead to the creek behind the house.”
The kitchen's eating area also includes a view of the woods, as well as featuring a breakfast bar and a pantry-closet.
The house has an intercom system on both levels and a security system. Off the den/study is a three-season sun room.
“That's a really nice room,” Myers said. “My mom used to use it a lot for reading or just to sit there and enjoy the views.”
“I grew up in this house,” Myers continued. “It was a perfect place back then for parties or a get-together on weekends to play bridge. That's what was the norm back then and this house was perfect for it. My mother lived here for 20 years by herself and during the last five years, she had a chair lift to the upper level. It was enough for her to be able to enjoy the home and its views.”
The lower level family room features a wet bar in a walk-out basement with sliding glass doors that lead to a small patio surrounded by two paver walls with space in the middle to walk down to the creek. You can also access the upper patio by a wrought iron staircase to the left.
What is Myers' favorite room in the home? His answer was no surprise.
“With its incredible view of the woods and the size of the room itself, it has to be the living room. The scene changes with every season and to be able sit and watch the deer or the leaves change is so beautiful, it's hard to describe.” He paused a moment. “What's so nice about this house is that you're living in town and yet you can enjoy a rural experience."
• THE FOUR-BEDROOM BRICK HOME at 146 W. Bluff St., Streator, is priced at $215,000. The home is listed by Beckie Chismarick, RE/MAX Country. Call Chismarick at her office, 815-672-9099, or her cell, 815-257-3183.