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Published: Friday, 7/18/2008

Featured Home of the Week

You don t have to drive or fly thousands of miles to find a relaxing resort-type lifestyle. Just a one-hour drive from Toledo, you will find the jewel of the Great Lakes Catawba Island. When you arrive on this peninsula, the sunglasses go on, your blood pressure goes down and all of your troubles float away. This is island living at its best, but on the mainland.

This week s featured home, The Canterbury, is located in Fairway Villas at Catawba Island Club. Just an hour from Toledo, it is the perfect place to get away for a weekend or for life. Fairway Villas is an Epcon Community, similar to Stone Gate Villas in Perrysburg. Like these, they are single-story ranch style condominiums, with little or no maintenance and unique architectural features.

A big difference here is the resort-style living. Catawba Island Club offers fine dining, casual dining, swimming, tennis, large marina, great sunsets, and now, an 18-hole Arthur Hills Golf Course. Fairway Villas is located across the street from the Catawba Island Club, and is surrounded by nine holes of the club s golf course. The original nine holes and Lake Erie are easily accessed by a tunnel under the road to the club driving a golf cart on a busy road isn t necessary.

The development is surrounded by eight acres of ponds. Of the 160 homes planned, more than 125 have been sold. An award-winning community center onsite is home to a large gathering room for community or private parties. There are also a heated swimming pool, a fully-equipped exercise room, and a putting green.

Each villa is a part of an award-winning pinwheel design. You share only one common wall and are totally private you ll never hear your neighbors. And each villa can be completely customized to your taste: your choice of custom cabinetry, granite or Corian countertops, stainless appliances, multiple flooring choices ceramic, porcelain, wood, or carpet and even a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace!

Inside, a graceful floor plan welcomes visitors.

The tiled entry leads into the vaulted great room, where a gas fireplace with tile surround and hearth sits next to a large palladium window. To the left is an all-season veranda, where large windows let in abundant sunlight. Put in the screens in the spring and summer and enjoy the breezes. Despite its name, this is a year-round room, heated and air conditioned for your comfort.

To the right of the front door is a sitting room or den whose focal point is another large palladium window. This room may also be used as a bedroom. Beyond this is the guest suite, which has access to a shared bath. The guest room has a large closet and you guessed it another vaulted ceiling.

A word about these ceilings: they are an architectural element that adds not only height to the room, but visual interest and value to the property. And while the model home in this community contains many upgrades, it must be noted that the vaulted ceilings are standard, as are the palladium windows. Other standard features include raised bathroom vanities, a two-car garage with opener and space for a golf cart, an air infiltration insulation package, composite siding, a 90%+ high efficiency furnace, architectural shingles, and the great room s lovely fireplace.

At the far end of the great room is the kitchen.

It s a convenient workspace, with long counters, a breakfast bar, lots of cabinets and a large pantry. A door at the back of the kitchen leads to a utility room with laundry hookups, and beyond that, to the two-car garage. The garage has pull-down stairs to an attic, which is decked to provide plenty of storage.

Opposite the veranda is the master suite, another large, airy space.

The bedroom is large, with a palladium window and vaulted ceiling. The master bath includes a long double vanity there s plenty of storage space here. The shower a tiled walk-in with seat -- and water closet are separate. At the end of the bathroom is a very generous walk-in closet, with lots of shelf and hanging space.

Features

2 or 3 Bedrooms

2 Baths

2 Car Garage With Golf Cart Storage



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