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Corner lot beauty

Posted April 22, 2015 in Altoona, Community Featured

Not too many years ago driving past this corner lot would have been just another highway intersection to either turn at or keep driving by. Not the case with visionaries Josh and Amanda Hull. When they drove by and saw a lot for sale, they envisioned their new home here.

The Hull family — Josh, Amanda, Maslyn and Cameron outside their new Altoona home. Photos by Rainey Cook.

The Hull family — Josh, Amanda, Maslyn and
Cameron outside their new Altoona home.
Photos by Rainey Cook.

And stunning visionaries they are. This 2012 home is certainly one that makes you slow down and do a double-take. With a grand front yard, curved driveway and warm colors, this home is modern and welcoming.

“Josh had a great deal to do with the design and layout of this house,” Amanda says. “It was designed to entertain.”

As you walk in the front door, it’s open to the living room, extra large kitchen and a wall of windows that views out to the back yard and sand volleyball area.

This level and the basement both lead out to decks and entertaining areas. Beyond the volleyball net is their garden and beyond that many trees provide a natural privacy fence.

“We enjoy that it’s like being in the country, but so close to everything we need in town,” Amanda says.

An active family they have the benefit that Lion’s Park is only two miles away and the bike path is a quarter mile away. When not busy on their one and a half acre lot adding finishing touches, you can find them on a trail or on their way in town for a game.004

However, the kitchen is Amanda’s favorite place in the house. Her stir-fries offer many different flavors from broths, spices and tomatoes from her garden. She and her two children bake homemade bread once a week. She has taught Maslyn, 12 and Cameron, 9 how to cook mango salsa, kidney bean salad, guacamole, blended chocolate almond milk and bananas and even meatloaf.

This grand kitchen has a walk in pantry that is organized for easy teaching. There is a huge cast iron skillet on her stovetop. Wine racks are numerous.

The art pieces in this home are from only the finest – her children, her mother and herself. There are professionally matted and framed elementary art pieces, paintings from her artist mother and various framed photography pieces.

Here only two years, the Hulls plan to stay and enjoy the trees that they haven’t even planted yet.

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