At Home in the Neighborhood
Thursday, December 9, 2004
Lee and Georgina Duggs exhibit the modus operandi of bright young go-getters making major decisions at rocket speed, aiming to live happily ever after with no time to look back and worry about it anyway, while mastering new experiences and knowledgeably leading others as they go.
Their spanking new home in Marina’s newish Monterey Meadows development is a case in point—because they’re leaving it.
Even as their careers were advancing and Georgina was carrying their child, even as they posed for pictures with Laura Bush (framed in the foyer) and went on trips with renowned photographer Doug Steakley (gorgeous pictures framed in the living room), they still oversaw each construction aspect of their house in time for Georgina to give birth three days after they moved in (to son Zane) and for Lee to become president of the Home Owners Association, though they’re now selling the house to move.
“My company wants me in the Bay Area fulltime,” says Lee.
Lee Duggs is a man of generous persona with an endowed brain so easily accessed one need only hint at the next idea for him to detail it immediately. “This is a dual-purpose community,” he says. “The businesses will be restricted to professional offices only, and will be in the enclave you see in front. When the gate’s completed, it’ll all be enclosed and accessed by code.”
Upon entering Monterey Meadows, one sees large houses of varying Mediterranean styles surrounding gracious, beautifully landscaped islands with cypress trees taller than the two story homes. “Those are ‘common areas’ and each home owner pays $123 a month for routine maintenance,” Lee says. Those monies are 100 percent “reserve funded,” meaning what isn’t used is accumulated to cover capital costs such as road and sidewalk repair, repainting of fire lanes, things like that. “That way there are no hidden costs,” Lee says.
Of their own home, Lee can describe much of how it was built.
“One of the most intriguing aspects of seeing how [tile man] Johnny DaRosa did things has to do with preventing cracking walls, inside or out,” he says. DaRosa put the cement tile roof down early, thereby using the weighted top to compress and balance the building, reducing the chance of any movement shifting the walls later. Of the dusty brick colored home, Lee says, “There are three layers of exterior stucco and dual-pane windows, so the house is not only rock solid but virtually silent inside. And all the finishing touches we wanted were done to perfection before we moved in.” There are too many to mention.
The interior is sunlit throughout the day and has two upstairs bedrooms and baths and a very large master suite. Downstairs is the pale tiled foyer, den, living room and formal dining room, all floored with bleached pecan and filled with huge windows. The third bath is behind the carpeted family room with fireplace, breakfast nook and sliders to the back yard. The cook’s dream of a kitchen has black granite counters and center island, GE five-burner cook top, and dual micro-range ovens.
“Aside from the amenities, a great part of living here is the demographics,” Lee says. “We have retired military, empty nesters and young families. It’s a whole spectrum of interesting neighbors to get to know and enjoy. It’s a really nice, well-rounded community.”
Price: $729,000. 3128 Ocean Terrace, Marina. Contact Christel Allford, 521-0665, Mast Realty.