The intriguing Fitzgerald has plenty to catch the eye. Four gables face the front, wooden shutters accent most of the windows, and copper sheathing overscores the garage door and two upper windows. Three arched windows echo arched openings on the porch's upper edge.

In some respects, this plan bows to tradition. Most of the bedrooms are upstairs, and gathering spaces are well defined. The parlor (or dining room) and living room are separated, and the kitchen is linked, yet slightly removed.

But other parts are totally contemporary. The foyer and living room, for instance, are two stories high, and there's a gas fireplace. Abundant light spills in through transom windows that crown French windows in the parlor and foyer. The kitchen and owners' suite are also well designed to meet the needs of busy families.

A bayed nook expands the spacious kitchen, which centers around a large work island. One of the nook's windows is actually a French door, which opens onto the rear patio. If desired, this area could be roofed and screened in for pest-free outdoor dining. All appliances are built in, and a desk with shelves nestles into an alcove near the oven and microwave.

An arched opening leads to a roomy pantry, powder room and garage, while a door in the nook provides access to a windowed utility room.

The Fitzgerald's owners' suite fills the entire right side. It boasts a large walk-in closet, soaking tub, oversize shower, private toilet, and twin lavs. Light beams down onto the closet's secluded window seat through a high window.

Two more bedrooms, a unique, skylit three-section bathroom, and a bonus room are upstairs.

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