Jamesville, N.Y. — Sometimes life throws a person a curveball.
In 2012, Joe and Marlo Catroppa were looking for a new home for their family and seemed to have a place all picked out.
But then their agent asked them to look at a model home being built at 5840 Parapet Drive in the Crown Point development in Jamesville.
Marlo was excited about the open floor plan, but Joe was skeptical. He wanted to buy a ranch; this house was a Colonial.
But then he stepped into the master bedroom and looked out the large picture window there.
The view he said was “unbelievable,” and mentions that on a clear day he can see Oneida Lake, the lights of Nine Mile and fireworks from Sylvan Beach.
“Oh! I love it,” he remembered saying, and made an offer on the house, though it was unfinished.
“It was 100 percent an accident,” he admitted.
The decision has worked out well.
The couple were able to finish their new home the way they liked, especially the kitchen.
They chose their own cherry wood cabinetry and helped with the design of the extra-large island with “high-end” granite counters.
“The island is the focal point,” Joe said of the kitchen, the room he said where “we spend most of our time.”
Joe really enjoys his morning coffee in the kitchen’s dining area bathed in sunshine by the numerous windows, or just outside on the huge composite deck.
Coming from a large family, Joe loves the amount of space the house offers for visitors and entertaining.
The dining room, just off the two-story entryway, can accommodate two tables and 15 people, while the kitchen, which adjoins the spacious family room, can seat 25 people at the island.
The downstairs guest suite is perfect for overnight guests or visiting grandparents.
The walk-out lower level, which the couple finished in 2016, adds more than 1,100 square feet of living space.
Besides the amazing amount of storage space, it offers, the open area has a rec room and room enough for a 75-inch television and sofa. The couple’s children use the area as a playroom.
An office, separated by French doors, is also on the level.
Joe jokes that despite the efforts of four young children, the house is in “immaculate” condition and “looks almost new.”
“I loved this home,” he said in wrapping up. “We want a great young family to enjoy it.”
The family is looking to enjoy some “warmer weather” and is moving to South Carolina.
For more information about this home, please contact realtor Chip Hodgkins of Hunt Real Estate. His contact information is below.
Hodgkins will be hosting a virtual open house on Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at www.facebook.com/chiphodgkins.
Address: 5840 Parapet Drive, Jamesville, N.Y. 13078
Size: 2,838 square feet
Acreage: 1.01 acres
Monthly Mortgage: $1,666 (based on this week’s national average rate of 3.56 percent, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment. Fees and points not included.)
Taxes: $11,450 (Based on assessed value of $357,000)
School District: Jamesville-DeWitt
Kitchen: The “generously sized” kitchen is described as “quite functional” and is the room where the family spends most of their time. Owner Joe Catroppa calls the large center island a “focal point” and describes the piece of granite used for the counter, “artwork.” The eat-in area of the kitchen, surrounded by windows, is a favorite morning spot. The room features stainless steel appliances, including the “largest capacity oven we could fit,” plenty of cherry cabinets, soft-close drawers and pull-out pantries. Kitchen can sit 25 people at the island and dining area.
Living areas: The home is great for large families and is extremely flexible. Visitors arrive in a two-story entryway and enter the main open living area. The dining room can fit two large tables for parties and can sit 15 people comfortably. The family room has a gas fireplace with a custom mantel and sliding doors out onto the gigantic composite deck. A bright, sunny room on the main level is currently used as a classroom for their children but could be used as a den. There is a first-floor laundry room. The home is “like new” and has been 100 percent pet and smoke free.
Bedrooms: There are five bedrooms in the house, four upstairs. The master suite has a very large picture window which offers gorgeous views of the surrounding areas. It has a big walk-in closet. The downstairs guest suite is great for overnight guests or visiting grandparents.
Bathrooms: There are four bathrooms in the house. The master bathroom has large windows over the spa tub, a tiled shower unit and double sinks.
Lower level: The walk-out lower level was finished in 2016 and adds 1,100 square feet of open living space and storage. It features gorgeous custom woodwork. Currently used as a children’s playroom, rec room, full bathroom and TV area. An office is there as well, separated from the rest of the area by French doors. There are sliders out into the backyard.
Outdoors: Part of the Crown Point development in Jamesville, the home is conveniently located, just eight minutes from downtown Syracuse. Owner says the neighborhood is “basically a melting pot,” with a “nice blend of people.” Views from the windows and large composite deck were a major selling point for the owners. The almost one acre lot features an attached two-car garage, paver front walkway and large expanded driveway. The owners put in an organic, raised-bed vegetable garden.
Agent: Chip Hodgkins
The Chip Hodgkins Team at Hunt Real Estate
Address: 6849 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, N.Y. 13066
Phone: (315) 569-7100
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