Just outside of Montavilla, a new house is taking shape at 717 SE 72nd Ave. Although it is outside Montavilla, it is one of the many interesting buildings within eyesight of our neighborhood. This residence with attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), is another development by Wilde Properties.
The most interesting element of this project is its duality. It is essentially a spacious two story house with a studio apartment and garage tucked underneath. This new house is not much higher off the street than the neighboring houses but clevely provides housing density. Due to the grade in the area, most houses sit atop a retaining wall, so although the main floor is starting on the 2nd story, it blends in with the other houses on the street.
The basement level has the single car garage with a door that leads into a utility room. That utility room is shared with the studio apartment and the residents upstairs. The studio apartment has an entrance from the utility room and an exterior stairwell. The kitchen takes up the majority of the apartment’s front third. Off to the back right side of the main room is a full bath and walk in closet. The house residents must go out from the garage through the utility room. The utility room exterior door is to the left of the lifting garage door. Then residents must walk out the driveway to reach the steps at the sidewalk.
The front of the house has a full width covered porch on the second and third floors. Centered on the second floor is the front door, leading to sizable entryway. To the right is the living room. To the left, through double doors, is the den. A small half bathroom is to the left just beyond the den. A guest closet is across the entryway from the bathroom. Walking towards the back of the house, from the entry, you pass the stairs up to the third floor. The hallway opens up to the great room with fireplace. From the great room, the dining room and kitchen are accessible. The kitchen has a large center island.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and the laundry room. The master bedroom occupies near all the right half of the third floor. The bedroom of the master is at the front of the house with double doors leading to the covered porch. At the back is a master bath with double vanities and a spa tub. Further back is a shower, toilet room, linen closet and walk in closet. The second bedroom is at the left front of the third floor. It too has double doors to the covered porch. In the back left is a third bedroom. Next to the third bedroom is the shared full bathroom, with double sinks.
This house offers many features of a larger family home with the added benefit of the apartment below. This would be an excellent option for a multigenerational family home or a property with added income from a rental.