5555 Waneta Drive Stephen Reed

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Hot Property: A Stylish Dutch Colonial in Greenway Parks

The 1920s home, with its private park entrance, is a neighborhood original.

There’s something extremely comforting about looking at 5555 Waneta Drive. It’s such a picture-perfect family home, with its white picket fence and big bay window. It’s the kind of home you’d expect to see in a movie — family dinners would look idyllic in the airy dining room, and meaningful, crucial-to-the-plot advice could absolutely be doled out in that deep blue, brass-accented library. The blocking around that spiral staircase would be so visually dynamic!

Every corner of the Dutch Colonial is infused with lavish, thoughtful details characteristic of beloved architect Hal Thomson (who—though it’s not verified—may have been behind 5555 Waneta). The cabinets in the kitchen, for example, add an interesting visual touch with their unique cutouts, and that library truly is a handsome sight to be seen. A second-floor master sitting room (accessible by the aforementioned spiral staircase) is a late night reader’s dream.

One quality that ensures the 1920s residence was one of Greenway Parks‘ original planned homes is its lack of a traditional back door. According to the neighborhood’s website, formal entrances on streets such as Waneta and Nakoma were designed to face private parkways. Services entrances would face the street — though this home is far from lacking curb appeal.

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