On a quiet cul-de-sac in Chapel Hill’s The Oaks, Phase II, a handsome brick Georgian residence occupies a landscaped and tastefully wooded setting. The classic home with a projecting front-facing gable and deeply etched coining on the corners of the gable and expansive façade is accessed through a pair of brick gateposts topped by antique stone lions. The setting’s boxwood framed rose garden and lush lawn reflect gardens beloved throughout the South. The main entrance is a massive door with sidelights and a transom opening to a sweeping curved staircase leading to the home’s second level. The floors are Brazilian cherry with deep baseboards and curvilinear moldings at ceiling height. To the right of the entrance foyer a luxuriously appointed office/library features a floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinet wall of gleaming cherry with a desk and multiple bookcases. Another built-in desk creates a second work space. An elegant fireplace is the center piece of the room, and tall windows are enclosed by wooden shutters. A private powder room adjoins the library/office.
To the left of the entrance foyer, the home’s dining room is brightened by natural light from arched windows and there is a view of the home’s front veranda from that room. A wine room with leaded glass door is off the hall leading to the high-ceilinged, light-filled living area. The living area adjoins the open floor plan kitchen with an informal dining area. All views are of the fieldstone decked terrace with its stone fireplace and tri-form pool with jetted whirlpool and fountain. The spacious kitchen features a granite topped island with seating space, and generous granite work surfaces. A Wolf 6-burner range top with griddle and a double oven, oven warmer, Miele dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer complete the appliances. An arched alcove leads to the pantry and on to the elegant dining room. The living area/kitchen area is flanked by an exercise/play room to the east and a laundry and powder-room/cabana to the west.
A second level accommodates a recreation room with full restaurant quality bar and a media wall with three large screen displays. An outdoor balcony offers a view of the front garden. There are four bedrooms on this level, including the master suite with sitting room and free-standing tub and walk-in shower. One of the remaining bedrooms has a sitting area and three have en-suite baths. A hall bath serves the recreation room and the fourth bedroom. A third level houses a TV viewing area and two additional bedrooms. A spacious hall bath serves this level.
Again on the main level, there is a two-car garage with access to a mud-room and extra storage. These spaces and two systems rooms in the garage complete the lower level. In all, 113 Waterford Place is a rare combination of traditional elegance and airy modernity. The design of the private setting and the well conceived floor plan and sophisticated appointments are the work of the gifted designer owner.