If you owned a piece of land on the side of a hill with a clear view of a lake below, wouldn’t you also build an upside-down house?
Upside-down houses—houses with the ground floor up—became increasingly common on the Jersey Shore, largely for defensive reasons. Yes, their owners have better views from the top floor decks, but since most Shore homes have balconies or decks on every floor, there’s no clear reason why, for example, the master bedroom can’t climb up. But as many coastal towns are increasingly vulnerable to flooding, placing the kitchen as high as possible minimizes the damage homeowners will need to repair if they find their downstairs partially underwater.
You can also find upside down homes like this remodeled contemporary Sunrise Lake home for sale in the Poconos. But people build them that way for a completely different reason: Many house lots in the Poconos are located on the sides or near the tops of hills or mountains. Putting the ground floor above, like here, gives it the best view.
And it’s pretty close to the view you get from the terrace of this house:
Since the nearly three-quarters of an acre lot this home sits on borders an intersection with the road on the south shore of Sunrise Lake, the home could be built in a spot with stunning views of the lake. It’s also high enough to provide a view of the lake above the house across Shore Drive.
The terrace wraps around two sides of the ground floor and the south side is partially covered.
It surrounds a beautiful open concept ground floor recently renovated. Its living room has a fireplace and three sets of sliding doors leading to the terrace. A newly installed tongue-and-groove beamed ceiling covers the spray foam insulation between it and the roof. That means it’s easier for the fireplace, electric baseboard heating, and mini-split air conditioning units to keep that home comfortable.
Is this a dining room or part of a kitchen with dining area? Given its positioning on the floor, the answer could be yes to both.
The brand new kitchen behind the dining table has a kitchen layout with quartz countertops and updated appliances which include a Miele refrigerator.
Stairs descend from the bridge, in front of the main entrance to the land. You enter this house through its second floor, where the bedrooms are located. Just inside the front door, stairs to the left lead to the ground floor and a door to the right hides stairs to the basement. Here is the fireplace:
The second floor has three bedrooms and a bathroom. The other bathroom is on the ground floor, next to the living room.
Both bathrooms are nicely outfitted and updated; the one on the ground floor has a shower while the one on the second floor has a bath and a shower.
Floor plans designate this bedroom as the master bedroom. Maybe it’s because it’s the only one with two windows.
But the bedroom to its right is larger and has a door to the bathroom, making it an en-suite. I would say this should be the master bedroom, as it also has a bigger closet. In its current configuration, it plays three roles: Home office, thanks to its desk; living room and guest bedroom, both thanks to its sliding sofa bed. The smaller bedroom on this floor is equipped in the same way, but its sofa does not fold out.
The downstairs basement playroom has sliding doors that lead out to the backyard. Currently it can also be used as a bedroom.
A new pellet stove in one corner provides warmth and serves as the focal point of a sitting area.
In addition to its namesake lake, the community of Sunrise Lake contains two other lakes, an outdoor swimming pool, baseball field, and basketball courts. Other nearby recreation options include the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the state playgrounds surrounding the Shohola Marsh Reservoir. Also a short drive away are Dingmans Ferry, home to the last private toll bridge over the Delaware River, and historic Milford, home of Gifford Pinchot, former governor of Pennsylvania and father of the conservation movement.
Its top-to-bottom makeover makes this remodeled contemporary Sunrise Lake home for sale look like new. Its location makes it a good choice for those who want a cozy Poconos home with a view.
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
SQUARE FEET: 1,728
SELLING PRICE: $335,000
OTHER THINGS: The sale price of this house was reduced by $14,000 when it was relisted on August 17 after an ongoing sale failed.
101 Kingfisher Court, Milford, Pennsylvania 18337 [Alex and Lisa McAteer and Carl Will | McAteer & Will Estates | Keller Williams Real Estate]