Behind the Many Shutters of a Long-Held Rancher in Briargrove



Forty or so years of a family’s ownership of a 1958 rancher in Briargrove north of San Felipe Rd. is likely ending soon with the midblock property’s listing for $899,000 earlier this week. Briargrove Elementary School sits 3 blocks to the south. Painted paneling, a plethora of shuttered windows and built-ins, and laminate counters in the kitchen indicate some updates have been made over the years to the home, which displays original hardwood flooring — and a lot of tended landscaping front and back.



Family room (with fireplace) and neighboring study (with painted paneling) have an open relationship within the 2,235-sq.-ft. floor plan (also pictured at the top of the story). Natural light from a southern exposure enters the combo living space through a wall of full-height windows and French doors, reaching also into the (mostly) open-ended formal dining room, a space trimmed with a chair rail . . .


and fitted with built-in shelving.  Portions of the room have a wide view of the adjacent rooms’ windows and gas log fireplace:





In addition to a peek-through service counter beneath additional cabinetry, the roomy kitchen’s layout includes a breakfast nook (above) that’s on the way to the walk-through laundry area by the back door (at right). That busy area is also home to a busy built-in desk (below).


There are 3 bedrooms, each exhibiting window sets of small-louver shutters. This one, with windows on 2 walls, is at the front corner of the home:


Another comes with (yet) more built-ins and “customized closets:”



There’s a shared bathroom in the hallway (at right). The other bathroom remains off-camera.

Meanwhile, at the back of the home, there’s the master bedroom . . .


with this garden view:


Much of the 9,883-sq.-ft. lot has been elaborately landscaped. So has the brick patio and walkway:


In the front yard, the approach to the front door meanders through several formal garden templates. The one at the right also provides edging to a parking area off a driveway, leading to a 2-car detached garage farther back on the lot.



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