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On top of a hill, surrounded by trees, sits a 3,399 square-foot custom home unlike most houses in the Historic Triangle. The home, located at 106 Levinson Pass in Williamsburg, was constructed from handcrafted logs brought in from British Columbia in Canada.
According to the homeowners Frank and Laura Rosalie, the house was modeled after the Elk Ridge Ranch in Colorado, after Frank saw the log home featured in Log Home Living Magazine in 2004.
While the idea started in a magazine, the reality of living in a log home comes with a host of unique quirks not found in glossy photo spreads.
“Occasionally, you hear the house breathe, or you hear the crackling of the wood, which you normally wouldn't hear from a conventional house. And this will continue on as long as this house is up,” Frank Rosalie said.
Aside from the sounds, Frank Rosalie described other unique features of the house, like its custom 800-pound front door with a built-in speakeasy hatch that opens and closes, allowing guests inside to peer onto the front porch.
Other notable points of interest in the home include carriage house garage doors, a gazebo, and a waterfall in the backyard that leads to a small koi pond, Frank Rosalie added.
Frank Rosalie said he enjoys the old world, rustic quality of the home, as he and his wife like being close to nature.
“No matter where you are on the first floor, you can look outside, and you see the woods. It's very peaceful,” Laura Rosalie said. “A house like this gives you a very warm feeling.”
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