Impeccably crafted contemporary home

Impeccably crafted contemporary home


3916 Windy Hill Road, Chapel Hill. $721,700  Incredible details in this one-level artisan home on 2 acres overlooking pond. Jointly designed between John Hartley and seller architect with attention to nature. 3520 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 half baths. 2-car garage, 3-zone heat pump. Absolutely amazing kitchen! | View the Full Tour floor plan| school information site plan | feature list  


From the moment you approach this home, you immediately sense that a special experience awaits you. This artistically unique one-level home is on over 2 acres of wooded land at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. A beautiful pond behind this home is shared by only three homeowners in the Windy Hill neighborhood and offers a peaceful natural retreat.

The home was impeccably designed in a joint venture between the architect homeowner and John Hartley, noted Chapel Hill architect and builder. The dramatic half moon front doors and arched portal opening offer a taste of the design features that await you inside. A pyramidal wood ceiling crowns the foyer and is grounded by the slate floor.

The open living area is perfect for entertaining and the stacked stone floor to ceiling fireplace anchors the soaring ceilings and divides the space of the open floor plan which is floored with maple. The south-facing wall of windows brings in sunlight in winter and beautiful views throughout the year. Glass block windows track the rising and setting of the moon, enhancing the connection to the natural world. Custom designed and constructed maple cabinetry lines the western wall of the great room, offering both storage and beauty.

The dining room is separated from the living room by the massive yet graceful fireplace which though woodburning, could easily be converted to gas. There is room here for a table to seat a large group for formal dinners, but the space is comfortable enough for family meals. The kitchen is visually open to the dining room, separated only by cabinet and a raised countertop.

The kitchen is a masterpiece of style and function, with professional quality stainless appliances including Sub-zero full size refrigerator and full size freezer, custom maple cabinets, walk-in pantry and exquisite granite countertops. Glass cabinets offer beautiful storage and display while two islands, one with a Thermador gas cook top, increase efficiency. The specially designed kitchen lighting ensures that no shadows fall on the work spaces.

The breakfast nook opens up to the grill deck as well as the entertainment deck and overlooks the screened porch, while a cozy den with a wall of closet storage is tucked away behind the kitchen for family and guests who wish to enjoy a more private space.

The master bedroom is an exquisite and peaceful retreat, overlooking the deck and the long view out to the pond. The walk-in closet is generously sized and efficiently designed with a center storage piece to divide and utilize the space. Daily rituals become a haven in the master bath with its artistically curving glass block shower and long maple vanity. The bath is already plumbed for a spa bath and should one be desired it can easily be added.

The guest suite has been designed to permit aging in place with 3’ doors for future wheelchair access and the guest bath features a lovely tiled walk-in shower with no threshold. The guest bedroom offers a private entrance and could be used as an office with client visits. The large round window in the office gives a sense of outdoor living, and a wall of windows has been perfectly placed so as not to interfere with the electronic necessities of today’s work styles. Cathedral ceilings expand the space and add beauty to the design.

The west wing of the home has been designed for a flexible use of space and combination of rooms into suites. Guest or mother-in-law suite, nursery, home office, den – come make this home your own and create your own perfect life.

The two other secondary bedrooms have vaulted ceilings and unique windows, each with its own individual flair and walk-in closet. One of the secondary bedrooms is currently used as an exercise room. Jack and Jill baths connect the bedrooms, each with its own commode and vanity but sharing a tub/shower and linen closets.

If you’ve dreamed of a space to accommodate crafts and other home projects, this home provides a special place with a utility room that includes washer and dryer space with sink and fold-out ironing board, but also closets, cabinets and a desk for paying bills or sewing.

The generously sized garage has plenty of space for a workshop and opens to an energy-efficient greenhouse with sink and automatic ventilation, overlooking the raised beds of the garden area. In the event of a power failure a generator will automatically run the major systems in the home for uninterrupted comfort.

The home is surrounded by a wooded paradise which requires little maintenance including access to a private pond which is clear and serene. This is the tranquility you have dreamed of, observing the hawks, owls, rabbits, wild turkeys and birds and fishing in your own pond, in a friendly but peaceful neighborhood with common area, ponds and trails, yet all just 14 minutes from Duke, UNC and Hillsborough and only 5 minutes to shopping areas.

This home is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.