Summertime dreaming starts here

Backyard surprise

From the street, this house at 2015 N. 8th St. looks fairly small and non-descript. Looks can be deceiving, however, and this house has more than 2,300 square feet and a backyard that could easily be found in the pages of a glossy gracious living magazine.



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From the street, this house at 2015 N. 8th St. looks fairly small and non-descript. Looks can be deceiving, however, and this house has more than 2,300 square feet and a backyard that could easily be found in the pages of a glossy gracious living magazine.

courtesy photo The pool area is a welcome oasis in the summer and an enouraging reminder in the winter that the current inversion won’t last forever. The current owners didn’t install the pool, but have replaced the pump and the liner.



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courtesy photo The pool area is a welcome oasis in the summer and an enouraging reminder in the winter that the current inversion won’t last forever. The current owners didn’t install the pool, but have replaced the pump and the liner.

The kitchen in the house at 2015 N. 8th St. has plenty of work areas, storage, cabinetry and modern appliances and amenities.



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The kitchen in the house at 2015 N. 8th St. has plenty of work areas, storage, cabinetry and modern appliances and amenities.

courtesy photo The backyard of the property at 2015 N. 8th St. is huge, with a large lawn area that’s big enough for playground equipment as well as the pool and the guest house. Behind the guest house, the RV parking area has alley access and electrical outlets and a sewer drain. Although the backyard seems like a magical place where summer should last forever, sadly, this photo was taken in September. Snow currently covers the backyard, same as everywhere else in the Grand Valley.



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courtesy photo The backyard of the property at 2015 N. 8th St. is huge, with a large lawn area that’s big enough for playground equipment as well as the pool and the guest house. Behind the guest house, the RV parking area has alley access and electrical outlets and a sewer drain. Although the backyard seems like a magical place where summer should last forever, sadly, this photo was taken in September. Snow currently covers the backyard, same as everywhere else in the Grand Valley.

The property at 2015 N 8th has a master suite addition that includes this modern master bath, which has double sinks, a soaker tub and a large walk-in shower with bench seating.



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The property at 2015 N 8th has a master suite addition that includes this modern master bath, which has double sinks, a soaker tub and a large walk-in shower with bench seating.

The guest house can be a great pool party area or it could be a mother-in-law apartment, since it has a 3/4 bath and a separate bedroom, in addition to this open room and kitchenette.



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The guest house can be a great pool party area or it could be a mother-in-law apartment, since it has a 3/4 bath and a separate bedroom, in addition to this open room and kitchenette.

There are multiple Grand Junction streets and neighborhoods that hold pleasant surprises when it comes to housing, like North 8th street between Orchard and Bookcliff. The homes are older, but most are well-maintained or remodeled. The yards are narrow and deep, holding backyard surprises like the pool, playground, guest house and room for RV parking off the alley at our featured property at 2015 N. 8th St.

The home, which just came onto the market in December, was built in 1945, but the only thing remaining from the earlier era is the charm and the gorgeous, durable hardwood floors. The kitchen has been completely updated and features bar seating with canned lights, a gas range, built-in microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator, along with a tile floor, plenty of cabinetry and tile countertops.

The original bathroom on the first floor also has been updated, and the master suite includes an addition of added space and a modern, spacious master bath, with double sinks, a soaker tub and a walk-in shower with seating.

When the home was built, the basement was probably dark, unfinished and a little creepy, with tiny windows and nothing but large, dark spaces for storage. Now, the updated and finished basement includes two rooms with egress windows, a 3/4 bath, a hobby room, the laundry room and plenty of storage spaces.

The house itself shows well in January, but it’s the backyard of this property that makes it truly one-of-a-kind. With snow covering the pool, however, January probably isn’t the prime time to appreciate all that the backyard has to offer. It is a good time to daydream about long, lazy and warm days of summer, when a pool in the backyard would be so lovely.

From the back door off the kitchen, it’s just a few steps to a covered patio, which leads to the pool area and sun-soaked dining and lounging areas. Next to the pool, there’s enough grass for dogs and children, along with a playground area next to the guest house. The entire backyard is fenced and gated to give additional privacy.

The guest house has more than 600 square feet, with a separate bedroom, a 3/4 bath and a small kitchen or bar area. The guest house has a stamped concrete floor, which is great when wet guests who have been enjoying the pool come in to enjoy the bar area or need to use the bathroom.

Behind the guest house, the property still holds a few surprises. The RV parking area has access off the alley, as well as both a sewer drain and electrical plug-ins for the RV. There’s also a dog run and a storage area in the back of the guest house for bicycles, lawn mowers and yard equipment.

Potential buyers may be able to find another 2,300-square foot home with a backyard oasis somewhere in the Grand Valley, but they probably won’t find one with a mother-in-law or guest house apartment located in such a close-in, convenient location.

For more information or a tour of the home, contact Scott Hayduk with Bray Real Estate, the listing agent of this $329,900 property, at 260-0111.

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