A Modern Retreat

When buying a home, most people know the right one as soon as they walk in the door. That was certainly the case for Robin and Scott Cremers. As soon as they toured the 2014 Street of Dreams house in the South Hamptons neighborhood in Gretna, they knew it felt like home. Six months later they purchased the 4,400 sq. ft., two-story home and moved in with their two children.

The Cremers had previously been living in a ranch-style home and said they wanted everyone to have their bedrooms on the same floor, rather than putting the kids in basement bedrooms. Instead, the finished walk-out basement serves as guest quarters when family visits from out of town, as well as a gathering place for the kids’ friends or to watch movies as a family in the home theater. It’s also built for entertaining, with a full wet bar that features a brick wall that was reclaimed from a building in the Old Market downtown, giving the basement extra character.

As soon as they walked into the home, the Cremers said they liked the modern craftsman style, which was built by Homestead Custom Builders, LLC. Much of the furnishings and décor also appealed to them, so when they purchased the home, they worked with Lee Douglas Interiors to keep much of the same look. The white and grey neutral colors throughout the home were easy for the Cremers to work with. And the only changes they made were to the master bathroom floor tile and having a custom closet system installed.

The home features an open floor plan with tall doorways and a 20 ft. ceiling in the great room. A large formal dining room is adjacent to the kitchen—something that many builders have gone away from. “We’ve lived in a lot of homes, most without dining rooms, and it’s nice to have one again,” Scott said. “We use it all the time, especially for dinner parties.” Robin said they love to entertain, and the layout of the house lends itself well to that.

They also like the fact that the home feels cozy, yet everyone is able to have their own space, both inside and out. The large backyard includes a covered patio and two covered decks—one off the kitchen and another off the master bedroom—that overlook the wooded area behind the house. “The quiet surroundings is my favorite part of the house,” Scott said. “This area is its own little community, and the neighbors are incredible. There isn’t anyone on the block we don’t know.”

The South Hamptons are part of Gretna Schools, and most of the homes on the street are two-story, making the area ideal for families. All five bedrooms in the Cremers’ home have large walk-in closets and Robin said there’s more than enough storage throughout the house. An oversized mud room serves as the perfect drop zone off the extra-deep, three-car garage. The office at the front of the house includes built-in shelves, and the dining includes a built-in buffet.

“The home was very well-built and felt move-in ready when we first saw it,” Robin said. Although the Cremers have loved the home, they made the difficult decision recently to put it on the market as they look to relocate for both work and family reasons. But they are confident that given the style of the house, the serene setting, and the neighborhood, the right family will enjoy it as much as they have. “We’ve built and lived in half a dozen homes over the years,” Scott said, “and this one feels like home more than any other.”

For more information on this home, contact Teresa Elliott with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at 402-496-9354

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