Riverside Commons is a neighborhood with one of the best addresses in the area. Located on River Road on the site of the former Miami Children's Home, it offers river views, open spaces, and a beautiful natural area in excess of 20 acres on the floodplain. Winding brick streets and an impressive gate make this a neighborhood worth looking into.
The home at 120 Riverside Drive is the model for this community. Built by a developer who has more than 600 area homes to his credit, the home offers beautiful finishes and amenities. A red brick exterior with taupe siding is accented by keystones and soldier coursing. A poured concrete drive and walkway lead to the covered front porch and the garage with carriage-style doors.
Step inside, and be greeted by a wide foyer with deep crown molding. A beautiful, three-quarter inch hardwood floor gleams below. To the left is a bedroom, where a vaulted ceiling offers additional height, and a palladian window adds classic style. This bedroom has direct access to a full bath, which is also accessible from the foyer. The bedroom also boasts a walk-in closet.
The full bath is dressed beautifully with oil rubbed bronze fixtures and a granite-topped antique white vanity.
To the right off the foyer is the door to the garage. The garage has ample space for two cars, and has attic storage that may be accessed via a pull-down staircase. A utility room with a convenient L-shaped counter and a sink is nearby, as is a generous guest closet.
Located in the foyer and near to the great room is a built-in serving bar. This lovely bar is topped with granite and has built-in storage. Use this as a convenient place from which to serve drinks and hors d'oeuvres to your guests.
The great room is a wonderful space, open to the kitchen, the dining area, and a cozy den. A nine-foot ceiling with fan and crown molding add to the character of this room.
The kitchen is perfectly designed to be efficient and open. A peninsula snack bar offers visitors a place to sit and enjoy a sample while the cook prepares a meal.
Counters are topped with Santa Cecilia granite imported from Brazil. Antique white cabinets are plentiful, and include two handy lazy Susans. Soft-close drawers are just one indication of the quality of the workmanship here. Stainless appliances gleam against the soft white of the cabinetry.
The nearby dining area includes an oil rubbed bronze chandelier. A large window offers a fine view of the floodplain and the river beyond.
The den is an intimate spot for quiet relaxation. A stacked stone gas fireplace with stone hearth is topped by a white wood mantle. Windows look out to the river, and a door leads to a poured concrete patio.
Off the great room is the master suite. The bedroom is quite spacious, with large windows looking out to the backyard. The master bath is also quite generous, with a double vanity, a step-in shower, a linen closet, and a large walk-in closet. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures add a warm glow.
This home has been built to exacting standards, and is rated Energy Star Plus – the highest rating given by the EPA. All homes by Riverside Commons Development Ltd. are Amish-built. Each lot has private Maumee River access, and the future construction of docks and other recreational amenities are allowed. A common area near River Road has also been preserved.
Riverside Commons is located in Maumee, one half mile east of Michigan Avenue and across from Fort Miami School.
The home at 120 Riverside Drive can be duplicated for $199,495, plus lot. Lots in Riverside Commons are currently discounted by $10,000, which means you can buy a lot from $29,900; homes begin at $155,900 plus lot. Additional incentives include a free 10x12 den with every home, and a $2,000 Appliance Center gift certificate to the next buyer who signs a contract. The model home will be open today through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment by calling 419-460-0321. Realtors are welcome.
Energy Star Plus