Once upon a time, this 1957 walk-out Colby ranch home had a very, well… 1957 look and feel to it. The entry way was a slender hallway to which you could reach each boxy room. The walls were meticulously high, which provided a uniform home. Each room had its use.
Then Tony and Marsha Gelina moved in. With four school-aged kids, this home provided every parent’s dream — a safe neighborhood, great schools and convenient proximity to events, culture and fun. Now, with grown children out of the house, the couple is well on their way to reaching 30 years in their lovely Windsor Heights home.
Not a boxy ’50s ranch anymore, this home more resembles the look and feel of a downtown loft. It’s spacious, warm and modern. The entry way wall is gone. The main kitchen wall is also gone, opening up the living room, dining room and kitchen.
The kitchen boasts a wonderful wall of cherry cupboards. What was once just a wall now is a display of space-saving cupboards that aren’t as deep as standard cupboards but make up the lack of depth in numbers.
They’ve also added an absolutely wonderful solarium that looks out to their backyard. This amazing room is detailed with intelligent trim that invokes a Frank Lloyd Wright den. The windows on all three walls give the view of the tops of all area trees. Off to the east is a uniquely shaped deck with seating for just a few as the sun sets.
The two upstairs bedrooms are now the large master bedroom. The office near the dining room is perfectly tucked away, yet roomy. All hardwood floors are original.
“There is a certain ambiance to these homes,” says Marsha. “I think the fact that the homes around here are all brick and the many mature trees makes for a more-than-comfortable neighborhood.”
On their block going east are all two-story homes. Going west are all those brick homes she speaks of.
The couple also loves the front yard.
“That soft maple tree in front is just perfect,” says Tony. Coupled with many hostas, pots of annuals, iris and perennials, it really is a beautiful setting. The winding sidewalk up to the lone decorative chair accented with plush pillow is very inviting.
“This is not an in-and-out neighborhood,” says Tony. “Most people who live here have been here for 20 to 30 years.”