Custom Carter Sparks Rarity - Page 2

Architect of the Strengs gets spotlight with one-off design along the American River
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The four-bed, three-bath home covers 3,600 interior square feet counting an additional 1+1 in the backyard pool house. Above: Its simple but expansive kitchen.

"Our area is mostly ranch style," the realtor said of houses in east Sacramento. She is pleased to have the modern-style listing, explaining, "I think it's a plus because it's so popular now, especially because of the indoor-outdoor feeling and the glass and the high ceiling."

The builder of this house is unknown, but company cofounder Jim Streng and his son, realtor Steve Streng, both confirmed that "it's not one we built." Wycombe Drive is located in a neighborhood called Wilhaggin Lake Estates, and Jim Streng said his old colleague, Carter Sparks, "built a couple up in that area" with other builders.

"It's lovely, and people are coming out of the woodwork because it's Carter Sparks," Heinzer said of early interest in the listing. The current owners bought it for $776,000 in 2010, turned the smallest bedroom into an office, and did a gorgeous remodel of the kitchen and living room in 2017 that was profiled in Sacramento Home magazine.

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Still, it's the open floor plan and walls of glass facing the verdant backyard pool and landscape that the realtor says are the house's best assets, sighing, "In the evenings, the property is all lit up, the moon shines in—it's really special."

And then there's the delightful network of bike and hiking trails along the nearby river adding value to the listing.

"The bedroom wing needs work," Heinzer conceded, noting, "The three bathrooms on that side are all original."

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Even that apparent shortcoming can be viewed as an asset to this home, though, as the realtor claimed of the asking price, "If the whole bedroom wing were done, I think it would be [selling for] $2.5 [million]."

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