A Renovation Story: Part 1

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Whit Harvey is known for helping his clients buy and sell houses, but recently he found himself in the position of both buyer and seller when he and his wife Joanne Larson decided to sell their 4 bedroom home in in favor of a luxurious downsize.

“It was time,” says Joanne. “We had done many renovations over the years, including a brand new kitchen, and we absolutely loved the yard and pool, but with both of our schedules, we didn’t really have time to enjoy it. All of our children are grown, so we didn’t need 4 bedrooms, and a lot of our free time was being taken up with yard and home maintenance. We just wanted something smaller – at least for now.”

IMG_5546Martin and Tony Azola developed the Devon Hill condominiums in the 1980s, on the grounds of the former Jenkins family’s Windy Hill estate. It’s a quality of construction rare in the world of newly built ‘custom’ homes, and the Azolas were known for their historical sensitivity as builders. Architectural details of the older building — wood paneling, moldings, and trim — are incorporated into new elements of design. What makes Devon Hill especially unique is that it is surrounded on three sides by quiet rolling hills owned by the Josephite Brothers, who keep it well maintained and peaceful.

Whit and Joanne fell in love with the garden level unit open floor plan, which features 3 bedrooms, two full baths, expansive living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining room and large kitchen. “The light here is amazing,” says Whit. “The French doors and windows flood the living and dining rooms with natural light, and sunsets from our terrace are going to be spectacular.”

Terrace level just 3 steps from the lawns and gardens.

Joanne appreciates that she can step right off the terrace and into the park-like grounds. “I love that I won’t have to come down from an upper level in order to walk the dogs. They’re going to love exploring all the walking trails here and in Robert E. Lee Park, which is basically right across the street!”

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