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This is an one of a kind house. The unique stone and concrete construction gives the home the appearance of an Alpine cottage. The original builders designed the construction to be a 200 year structure. All exterior walls were formed from solid 8 concrete, and it has double windows throughout, forming an extremely energy efficient interior. While the concrete was still wet, a skilled craftsman took stones that were then being removed from our local caverns, at the Caverns State Park, and expertly pieced them onto the exterior. You can spend hours finding fossilized shells, leaves, and wood in the stonework. The roof structure is also built to last well over 100 years. The roof trusses are 2X 6 s instead of 2 X 4 s , on 16 centers instead of 20. The underroof is 1 X6 seasoned planking instead of common decking. The roof is 70 stronger than a modern roof. The home is virtually termite proof, hurricane proof, and almost fire proof. There is not another home in the area with these unique characteristics. Because of these unique characteristics, the home structure has almost no deterioration from aging. The site is on the Marianna Driving Tour of Homes. While living there we enjoyed many mornings watching humming birds feed while we sat in the swing on the screened front porch. We installed a small swinging dogie door for our poodle on the back wall of this porch, enabling the pooch to get into the fenced portion of the yard on the east side of the house. The neighborhood features one of the few canopied streets in town, due to the massive oaks that line the street. It is a great neighborhood, filled with friendly neighbors. Inside, as you enter the large living room, you are at first almost amazed at the beauty of the gleaming, original hardwood floors that go throughout the home. The large living room features a very unique fireplace which was built using stone, including stalagmites. All rooms are large and well maintained, including the three bedrooms, living room, dining room, and kitchen. The main bath was completely renovated and re-tiled in 2011. A new, beautifully tiled, walk-in shower replaced the old rusting tub, new fixtures, modern cabinets, and a newly tiled floor represent a 10,000 investment in that bathroom. As you step through the rear door of the kitchen you enter a back porch area, with dryer-washer hook ups at the far end. To the left, off this back porch is a one bedroom wfull bath large closet. This makes an excellent guest bedroom with complete privacy. In the past, this room has been rented as a one room efficiency, and has been used as a man-cave den. Passing through the back door you step onto a very large, elevated wooden deck that overlooks a huge, secluded back yard, adorned with five, large, producing pecan trees. We enjoyed many wonderful family meals grilling and eating on the deck on cool evenings. Located in the back yard and large west side yard are a separate garage, a shop building, and a large storage building. All have power. Several yard ornaments, including a concrete bird fountain, an ornamental windmill, and a second concrete bird drinking ornament, are strategically located on the large lot which is two city lots providing around three-fourths of an acre. The house has a wonderful slate roof, and is serviced by an all electric heat pump. City gas is available. In the fall of 2016 the outside woodwork eaves and window framework were painted and any needed repairs accomplished. All of the storm windows which also greatly improve energy efficiency were removed and cleaned. The house is in great shape and is a wonderful place to live and enjoy life.
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