Listed at $1.14 million, the house at 4877 Woodland Drive in Bettendorf is the most expensive on this year's Fall Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Quad-City Builders and Remodelers Association.
What makes one house cost more than another is a function of size, materials and location, and the home by Windmiller Design Build in the new development called The Woodlands has all three in spades.
The home contains 2,800 square feet on the main level and 3,712 on the lower-level walkout. The reason is that the area underneath the four-car garage is included.
The lower level has a southern exposure with full-sized windows and was designed and constructed so that with a minimum of fuss, one could remove walls and turn the area under the garage into another four-stall space for a car collection, a workshop or some other special use.
"We think this is pretty unique," builder Craig Windmiller said.
As for materials, there are custom-built cabinets and quartz countertops in the kitchen, bathrooms that amount to luxury spas, abundant windows and floors made of hardwood and tile, with carpet confined mainly to the bedrooms.
Quartz was chosen for the countertops because it is "the new thing now," replacing granite, Windmiller said. It is slightly more expensive than granite and is a little easier to maintain, he said.
The Woodlands also includes 49 townhomes; one of these and a second single-family home also will be on the parade. The townhomes are two-stories with 1,788 square feet of finished space with two-car garages. Snow removal and lawn care will be provided.
The townhome at 4470 Slate Creek Drive is listed at $270,200 and the home at 4617 Cottage Lane is listed at $507,900.
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Outside materials of the Woodland Lane home include stone and a rough-textured synthetic stucco, with a slate porch stepping up to the 8-foot front door made of Douglas fir.
Inside the foyer and to your left is an office with one wall entirely taken up with built-in bookshelves and a window seat. Another wall is red brick.
Down the hall is the master suite with bath, closet (larger than many homes' bedrooms and including clothes rods, hooks, drawers, shelves and shoe racks) and a laundry.
"We find that a lot of people like the laundry next to the master," Windmiller said.
The living area of the great room has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace with built-ins and more windows than one can count at first glance.
Around to the right is a kitchen, all white and shiny chrome with multi-colored accents of gray in the herringbone-patterned marble backsplash. The dishwasher, refrigerator and pantry are hidden behind doors, and the island is 5 feet wide by 12 feet long.
A dining area opens to a 16- by 16-foot covered deck made out of composite materials.
Down the hall is a guest bedroom with its own bath and walk-in closet, a half-bath and a large mud room opening to the garage.
Downstairs, the home is set up as the Windmiller workspace with a reception area, individual offices and a full bath.
Two of the offices are designated as bedrooms, and the rest of the space can be reconfigured according to an owner's wishes — a bar with pub table, a large rec room, a craft room, an exercise room ... even that showroom garage.