A growing family looking to purchase that all-important first home need look no further than the 1,145 square foot Oxbow. This is quite a bit of house for your building dollar, which is a good selling point when you get ready to move on to a larger home. Not only is the open floor design enticing, the handsome exterior makes the street appeal a big plus. The Oxbow will also fit the special needs of empty nesters wanting smaller quarters now that the kids are grown.

The first thing to catch your eye is the covered front porch, with attractive railing. Summer nights will be a lot cooler when you are sitting out here with a tall glass of iced tea. To the right of the recessed entry is the kitchen-dining area. The generous dining room will enhance any meal. A large picture window admits the available light and delivers a clear view of the surrounding landscape. The U-shaped kitchen has all the built-in appliances, a sizable pantry and a garden window.To the left of the entry, the isolated master suite will guarantee your privacy. There is plenty of room here, with 152 square feet of sleeping area, a private bathroom and a spacious walk-in closet. Extra closet space is on hand just outside the master suite.

The living room is the main gathering place in the home. Here you and your guests can hook up the VCR and watch the latest video or enjoy a game of cards. There is easy access to the back patio, where warm weather will find you firing up the barbecue and inviting over the whole gang.

The two identical secondary bedrooms, separated by a full bathroom, each has a nice sized window and an ample closet. For those without children at home, these rooms can have many functions. They can be sealed off until guests are present, or perhaps converted into a home office, library, sewing or exercise room.

The washer and dryer are located in the garage. A separate entry into the house allows you to carry groceries directly into the kitchen.

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