Picture yourself walking through Pottery Barn and pointing at loved accessories, pillows and wall hangings. Or daydream a scene from a romantic movie with a cute 1940s traditional bungalow as the setting. Imagine viewing a perfectly staged home that is on the market for sale — and this one won’t last long. It’s a must-see!
That is what it’s like touring the home of Doug and Karen Zimmerman. Located on Third Avenue S.E., it’s a well-cared-for home in old Altoona.
The pine floors are original. The glass door knobs keep the older character alive. The rounded entry ways are a reminder of a simpler, yet refined, architectural style that once was.
“It’s a comfortable, cozy feel here,” Karen says. “It has a lake home feel to it, and we love it.”
Karen’s love of decorating shows in every room and every idea. The mix of chic antiques with modern comforts makes for a stylish home. A small white-lighted Christmas tree sits in the corner of the dining room. Modern chairs accessorize the front room. Mirrors, family photos and antique finds adorn each room. A slender walk-in closet connects the large bathroom to the master bedroom with a king-sized bed.
An enormous picture window in the master bedroom looks to the backyard. The mature trees help provide a sense of privacy. The football-field-sized yard allows for lots of green in the summer months.
French doors from the master bedroom open to a second living room. The modern kitchen with island is the perfect size for two.
The near-perfect landscaping in the front yard is from the previous owner.
“We just have to maintain that look,” Doug says.
And before that owner, local Altoona residents may remember this as home to the owners of Porter Hardware. As empty nesters, Doug and Karen feel right at home here.
“We love this part of Altoona,” Doug says. “Everyone seems to take pride in their property, the neighborhood is much quieter than where we came from, and we like the slower pace.”
All that, and they live in an adorable bungalow that could be the perfect setting for a movie.
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