Monday, December 5, 2022

Where We Live: A homestead near Williamsburg Winery

(Courtesy Tim Gould/Visionary Perspectives, LLC)
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Nestled in the trees the home at 2728 Jockeys Neck Trail is so close to The Williamsburg  Winery — a mere 400 feet away — one could probably detect the scent of ripening grapes.

Indeed the three-acre property owned by Debbie and Lloyd Stephens is in a section near the local vineyards — in a subdivision aptly called “The Vineyards.”

“You can walk out our back door and go to the Williamsburg Winery,” Debbie Stephens said. “Our lot was originally part of the Williamsburg Winery.”

An appealing aspect for them is its secluded locale, while still being in close proximity to everything the area has to offer, Stephens said.

“The Vineyards [subdivision] is a hidden gem,” she said. “When entering the neighborhood you are greeted with lined trees and vineyards on either side.”

Tucked amid the thicket, Stephens described the view of the mature trees and two lakes as beautiful and scenic to drive through.

“The houses do not set on top of each other. It’s well maintained and the neighbors are friendly,” she said.

The couple operates their own business, Stephens Remodeling, and built their 6,336 square-foot home in 2008.

Their project started with a Frank Betz home plan, a Georgia-based company which specializes in custom and stock house plans. The couple then modified it to meet their lifestyle, Stephens said.

The home has 18 rooms not counting its walk-in closets and foyer. The home also has four spacious bedrooms each with their own full bath, walk in closets with built ins and two laundry rooms. They designed it with several dedicated phone lines and hard wired internet.

The couple set up an office to work from home and set it away from most of the living space, she said.

“It’s usually a quiet and private place to work. We both like working from home,” she said. “We can work as early or as late as we need. I can also get laundry done at the same time! It’s a great environment.”

Inside, the couple chose to designed their home with hand made cabinetry throughout. Detailing in the home includes doors and windows with a depth of 12 inches; a master bedroom with a double tray ceiling and a coffered ceiling in the dining room.

In addition, the first and second floors have over-sized moldings and a double crown. All doors are solid and seven-feet tall.

The couple has enjoyed the sprawling property and over the years, they have hosted many large parties with family and friends, Stephens said.

” We have erected tents in the back yard, set up games or just enjoyed the large screen porch.  Two sides of our lot are buffered by trees that allow privacy

The couple said they it has been a blessing living in Jockeys Neck Trail for nearly a decade.

Even though the property is landlocked, without a water view, the lush green grass and environs make up for it,  she said.

“The backyard has endless possibilities,” she said.

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