Spotless in Seaside.
Thursday, October 2, 2003
Savid Khan custom-built his Seaside home eight years ago on the site of a condemned building. It''s ironic that a lot that formerly housed "an old piece of junk," according to Realtor James Frangella, is now so meticulously ordered.
Khan, an army veteran, tore down the junk and built a three-bedroom, two-bath home on the corner lot. He planted walnut and apple trees and roses in the previous bare soil. And he spent years placing his furniture just-so and keeping the home spotless.
You could bounce a dime off the white bedspread that stretches across his four-post bed. The furniture in the high-ceilinged living room is upholstered in white fabric. The dark wood of the dining room table gleams with an unworldly shine. There are no marks, no stains, on the walls or floors.
"You can''t argue that this house isn''t very, very clean," says Frangella, walking across the family room in his socks. "I think Kahn doesn''t really live here. I think he lives in the garage."
Frangella shamelessly shows off the order in Kahn''s closets, which frankly has me, wearing blue booties over my shoes, feeling a little inferior. Clutter is an alien concept here. Neat stacks of copies of Architectural Digest rest on a trunk at the foot of Kahn''s bed, inspiration for his photo-perfect home.
"I like to help out my friends with their furniture, and their home design," Kahn says.
Kahn enjoys his living room with the separate dining area the most, but spends plenty of time in the comfortable family room off the open kitchen. Patio doors lead from the family room into the garden, which can also be accessed through the master bedroom. In the master bedroom, a deep soaking tub (spotless of course) provides a place to relax from all that cleaning. The house, approximately 1800 square feet, manages to be open but at the same time, as Kahn puts it, cozy.
"It''s a house to live in, but it''s not too big," Kahn says.
"I think the floorplan is very inviting," Frangella adds. "It works. You come in through the two-car garage to the laundry room, and take off your shoes and can go right into the kitchen and family room. The high ceilings in the living room give a feeling of openness, yet you are still separate from the bedroom areas."
Price: $539,000. 1100 Amador Ave., Seaside. Contact James Frangella of RAM Mortgage at 394-1053.