Sunday, December 10, 2023

Where We Live: Casual elegance in Walnut Hills

When you drive through the Walnut Hills neighborhood in Williamsburg, you never know what you’ll find. Homes of all styles, including brick ranchers, cape cods and contemporaries, line the wooded roads that make up the quiet, close-knit community.

Even a traditional-style brick home can offer up surprises.

When you walk through the front door of Jay and Sue Diedzic’s home, the grand entrance, or “money shot” as Sue calls it, is a clear giveaway that this house is a rare find.

Floor-to-ceiling windows are the first features to stand out.

Next, the eye is drawn to the colonial-style brick flooring that covers the entire first floor. The shiny, dark brick adds texture to the house and contrasts with the white trim and neutral paint colors that run throughout.

The high ceilings, elegant light fixtures, updated kitchen, large screened-in porch and walk-in butler pantry round out some of the home’s best features.

“This is a great home for entertaining,” said Sue. “It’s a very thoughtfully laid out, casual house.”

In fact, the Diedzics have had more than a thousand people come through their home thanks in part to being a featured destination during the 58th Annual Christmas Homes tour held this past December.

“That was a lot of work,” laughed Sue, who really enjoys entertaining guests.

Another unique feature of the 3,200-square-foot home is its third floor. Now, the room is used as Jay’s man cave, complete with model trains, telescopes and souvenirs picked up during travel. A previous owner used it as a work-out area.

The master bedroom and bath are on the second floor, as well as two additional bedrooms connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom.

The pine staircase offers yet another design element and complements the brick flooring.

The home’s outside area is just as surprising.

A former garden shed has gotten new life as an office, and a cottage-style garage offers plenty of storage. Simple, yet beautiful landscaping surrounds the property and isn’t high-maintenance. The greenery adds to the privacy of the yard and also attracts an array of birds.

Having lived in different areas of Greater Williamsburg over the years, the Diedzics found a true “home” in Walnut Hills.

“We’ve always wanted to live in town, and when this house came up for sale we just couldn’t believe it,” said Sue.

For the past four and half years, the Diedzics have loved getting to know their neighbors and participating in social functions like Halloween hayrides and dog walking groups.

“Walnut Hills is truly the Mayberry of Williamsburg,” said Sue.

For more information about this home visit the home’s Berkshire Hathaways listing.

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