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165 Somerset   MLS #73609

A Wonderful Place to Call Home

A Perfect Fishing Hide-Away

Whether you call 165 Somerset home or hide-away or both, you will love the property’s beauty, quiet serenity, class, style, quality, and comfort.  The property consists of house, barn, grounds, and water front, contained in about one acre of the thickly-forested Sabine National Forest, fronting beautiful Toledo Bend Reservoir, on the Texas side, in the central part of the lake.  Access is also provided to an undeveloped common-grounds wooded area of about five acres located directly across the street... (Continued below)

Priced at $699,000.00 Reduced to $549,000.00


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House: Adorned throughout with large Arkansas River Rock (stone) accents in the house and elsewhere on the property, the house has about 3350 square feet of air-conditioned space, with a Main Master Suite, a Second Master Suite with separate outside entry door and entry hall, and two additional bedrooms, with three-plus full Bath Rooms, a large Utility Room, and a large Vestibule.  Truly an “open concept” prevails in the shared areas of the house, with a huge Great Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Sun Room, and Breakfast Room in one huge open area, all overlooking beautiful Toledo Bend from a scenic perch about 100 feet above the lake level, providing breath-taking views looking over some 35 miles of open lake to the north, as well as beautiful sunrises and sunsets looking to the east (sunrise) and north-west (sunset) across this section of the lake.  The house finishes are simply exquisite, with floors all wood or tile, many ceilings covered with knotty pine or otherwise architecturally enhanced, a huge matching stone fireplace, and kitchen/utility room cabinetry that must be seen and used to be fully appreciated.

Barn: The separate, immediately adjacent but set-back barn (or garage if you prefer) matches the house architecture, is two full stories of secure locked floor space, provides room for parking vehicles on the 40’x24’ (960 square-feet) first level (cars, trucks, ATVs, golf carts, riding lawn mowers, trailers with boats, etc.) as well as workshop space, and extensive additional storage space in the 960 square-foot second level.  A full-size stairway provides easy access to the second level, which is portioned about one-third (320 square feet) unlocked storage and two-thirds (640 square feet) behind an additional wide locked door.  The barn has large lockable commercial grade overhead doors for storing large boats on trailers in the off season, as well as two lockable pedestrian entry/exit doors.  In front of the garage is a 26-feet long concrete apron for staging and parking vehicles, and beside the barn is a long wood deck with handrail between the pedestrian doors and providing easy access to one of two back doors of the house. 

Grounds: The grounds are simply beautiful.  They are professionally landscaped and kept immaculately maintained.  Two electronically controlled irrigation systems connected to a constant-pressure bladder tank are provided to keep the grounds well watered with free lake water pumped from the boat dock area via new pump installed in 2016.  This beautiful property not only has the “Million Dollar Views” looking north across the main lake from the back of the house (main patio area), but also has breathtaking views looking south-east from the front of the house, made possible since the house sits on a small peninsula on a larger peninsula, affording lake views from both front and back!  See the location maps below.  The front is gradually graded from the street up to the house and barn sitting atop the hill.  The back is beautifully terraced over about 100 feet of elevation drop from the house to the water. 

The main patio in the back of the house is huge, with several elevation changes to make it all the more appealing.  Wood walkways and stairs, with an intermittent patio along the way, lead to the waterfront and the boat dock.  All wood patios, decks, and walkways were again coated with protective sealant (Thompson’s) in 2017.  The main grounds and the barn grounds are separated by an attractive terrace formed by a matching stone wall which runs almost 250 feet from near the street in front to well beyond the back of the house and barn.  There is a large turn-around driveway that easily parks 10 vehicles and makes it easier to get the one vehicle out you need to get out when you need to get it out.  Also there is convenient parking all around the barn, in the barn, and on the apron in front of the barn. 

Water Front: There is a phrase you hear on the lake: “good water.”  This water front definitely has “good water,” which means consistently deep enough water for launching and landing large boats.  The water depth at the boat slip ranges from about 8 feet to about 12 feet under normal lake level conditions.  This location is near the main Sabine River channel, which throughout the length of the lake is the deepest water.  The boat dock has a large boat slip with electric winch system for lowering a boat into the water and retrieving it for safe and protective storage under the covered boat-house shelter.  The 1.5 HP A-Drive 220-V motor winch system with stainless steel cabling and turnbuckles is new (replaced in May 2017), made much stronger to handle heavier boats and operate effortlessly with virtually zero maintenance needs.  The boat dock has a huge party/fishing area adjacent to the boat launching area, and stairs leading down to the water for easy swimming or “just plain floating around” access.  There are ample locations provided around the perimeter of the dock to land boats temporarily when lake visitors show up to fish or party.  Ample lighting is provided at the dock for safe night use.  The irrigation pump is below the dock and is easily accessible from the dock for maintenance.  The dock sits offshore from an impressive main water bulkhead system of walls which protect the shoreline from erosion.  The bulkhead area is accessible for maintenance vehicles via a wide vehicular pathway on the property as well as a road in the adjacent neighbor’s property.

Some History: This custom home was constructed in 1999.  The builder lived in the home for several years, using it as a model home for promoting the other homes he built in this 15-lot subdivision, which has grown to presently have eight homes.  The structural, mechanical, electrical, and cabinetry quality built into this home is extraordinary.  The subdivision has an active Home Owners Association and Architectural Control Committee to assure that minimum standards for taste and quality are maintained.  The main peninsula formed by Patroon Creek has one way in and out, and the smaller sub-peninsula on which this subdivision rests has another one way in and out, limiting traffic and enhancing quietness and security. 

Recent Additions/Improvements: Major additions to the home were constructed in 2016 to add the detached barn with wood deck and convert the existing attached two-car garage to the second Master Suite.  Two new water heaters in series were added in 2016.  The central HVAC system was replaced in 2015.  Two new HVAC split-units were added with the new Master Suite addition, serving the added Bedroom and Bath Room.  Upgrades to the kitchen, including some new stainless steel appliances (oven and microwave oven), new ice maker, new faucet, and new stove-top elements, were completed in 2015 and 2016.  New wood floors were added in 2015 to replace the remaining carpet.  Original washer dryer (Maytag) and dishwasher (KitchenAid) remain in excellent operating condition, having been used comparatively very little since from about 2006 to the present the house has been a “week-ender” house.  In late August 2017 a completely new septic system was installed, HOOT Systems Model Number 500 ANCP.  This is a state-of-the-art upgraded residential system with the most effective features for treating household wastes, well in excess of minimum requirements of State and Local governments.  A new stainless-steel sink (matching the stainless-steel appliances) was installed in October 2017.  (The new boat winch system installed in May 2017 is described in “Water Front” above.)  In the summer of 2018, bulkhead improvements are under construction.  A new 24’-long perpendicular “wing-wall” is being constructed to separate this property’s bulkhead on the East end from being attached to the neighbor’s bulkhead.

Even More: The house has its original Sub-Zero refrigerator in the kitchen, which comes with a life-time transferrable warranty.  Also the house has a full stand-up freezer in the utility room original to the house.  In 2016 a new Samsung refrigerator/freezer was added in the vestibule between the original house and the second Master Suite.  The barn, built in 2016, is home to a new Maytag refrigerator/freezer.  The home has a large propane gas tank and gas-powered emergency power generator to keep electricity flowing to critical services during storm outages.  The house has Hughes Net internet service and Direct TV cable television service.  The house is protected by an electronic security system with 24/7 monitoring (current contract with B&D Security).  The house also has a Spider-Be-Gone system for control of pesky insects.

Spectacular Views: From the 100’ elevation above the water line (approximately), and looking out on the very wide main part of the lake over 35 miles of open water, spectacular panoramic views are an everyday treat from the main patio – probably the best views on the lake, period!!  The view gives the sensation of overlooking the ocean!  The sunrises and sunsets from this perch are breathtaking!!

Furnishings: Furnishings of interest to the Buyer are available for a negotiated additional cost.  The home is fully furnished with very nice furniture, wall hangings, table/counter “knickknacks,” linens, towels, dishes, small appliances (in addition to built-ins), etc.  Everything you need to start enjoying the house immediately is present already.  The barn has all the tools needed to maintain the house and grounds. All of these furnishings and tools are available for an additional negotiated cost.   With very few/minor exceptions to be listed in the Contract for Sale, everything in the house and barn can be left behind for the new Owner’s use and enjoyment.  The home furnishes are some of the highest quality available and exquisitely put together by a skilled interior decorator.  Some rooms have a Fishing/Lake theme (Sunroom, Dining Room, one Guest Bedroom).  Other rooms have a Texas/Western theme (Great Room, Breakfast Room, Second Master Suite), and others have an Eclectic theme (Main Master Suite and other Guest Bedroom).  The bathrooms and closets in both the Main Master Suite and the Second Master Suite are very nicely arranged and finished, and are very large, providing bathing and showering and more than ample closet and storage space.  Tasteful wall décor is present throughout the house, as are the two large-screen TVs purchased in 2014.  The house has a water filtration system that can be replenished simply by back washing from time to time.  All kitchen utensils, linens, towels, etc. are present.  All things needed to maintain the property are present, including a riding lawn mower and all tools such as chain saw, 40-volt weed-eaters with multiple batteries and chargers, 40-volt bush trimmer, garden tools, ladders, power washer, etc.  The property is immediately ready to occupy and enjoy! Click on the links below for some of the additional information. 

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