Do you ever wonder what happens to a house once you and your family have moved on? We spent our summers growing up in Lake Toxaway, NC. We would load up the car right after school was out and head to the mountains to escape the summer heat. We have so many fond memories of the place. Chris and I were married up there and talk about spending time there when the kids are a bit older. A while back I posted this photo of my parents’ porch overlooking the golf course…the last home they owned up there….
Before they built that home, they had built a home on the lake. It sold not terribly long after they finished it…..not having been on the market. We thought my parents were crazy to sell their multi year labor of love….only to start again down the road! I’ve often wondered what it looks like today. So, last night I was browsing pinterest and came across this pin that looked so familiar….. It led me to a WSJ listing with some photos and then I went on a hunt for more…and this is what I found.
The front of the house is hard to see from the road and I remember being situated like this because the frontage was a bit tight. I am sortof surprised that the listing doesn’t show a view from the lake which is more what we considered the front because we were always out on the water. I don’t have any of my own photos here (need to dig at mom’s house) but here is a back view a facebook friend posted to me one day while he was out on the water….just rubbing it in that we were not there!
The main difference I see from then to now is the landscaping. When we built a lot of trees had to be cleared. Boulders galore were placed in the lawn to allow for a terraced walk down to the lake. My mom and a couple of local women spent SO MUCH time out in that yard doing the initial work toward creating what is now a mature landscape. Mom had a lot more flowers which I have learned the new owners decided was too much in terms of upkeep.
Below is a view of the foyer as if you are walking into the house. There is a formal powder room on the right and a bedroom with en-suite bathroom on both the left and right of the foyer walls. The furnishings in this home are nothing like what my mom had. There is just so much stuff here a few of the spaces I actually had a hard time recognizing. (Of course, it has been a long time since I was there last…..in 1998!)
As you travel down the foyer where you see a jog to the left was my Dad’s office. At one point they lived here full time when Dad was “retired.” In retrospect, a main floor office with french doors wouldn’t have been too productive with grandkids and dogs running around.
In this next photo you are standing in the room off the kitchen (which is to the right). Behind you would be a stone fireplace and the entrance to the bulter’s pantry….that led off to the hallway to the garage and the master suite. My parents had seating around the fireplace and then dining in the other half of the room. You can see the foyer to the left. Mid way through the photo was a wet bar on the left and the stairs down to the walk out basement to the right. The family room is at the far end of the photo.
Here is the view from the other side. Kitchen is to the left and the butler’s pantry is the entrance on the left of the fireplace. The entrance to the right is a hallway to the garage and the master suite.
Other than all of the stuff….the kitchen looks much today as it did when we lived there.
Downstairs was where my sister and I hung out with our friends. There were two bedrooms down there and a huge storage room. The pool table was behind where the photographer took this photo.
But, I’ll admit that probably 80% or more of our time there was spent outdoors reading or hanging out on the lake.
The listing didn’t show any bedroom shots….would love to know if the wallpaper in my old bedroom was still there….. I have so many great memories from this house, and more important, Lake Toxaway. From weddings to milestone birthdays, I’ve been going up there since I was in diapers. It is a little piece of heaven on earth.
So, thanks to Pinterest for the trip down memory lane!