Classic auto enthusiasts probably remember the term “sleeper” as applying to an ordinary looking car — like the kind your parents drove to work or to get groceries — with a souped-up engine under the hood that enabled it to blow the doors off a Corvette.
That concept kind of applies to the home at 8501 Fremont Ave. in Margate, which is sited on an oversized corner lot that was originally two buildable lots conjoined into one by its original owner in the early 1960s.
The two-story, four-bedroom home, which features two full bathrooms and two half-baths (all completely refurbished), has a neat, traditional look to it from the street, with a vinyl siding-over-brick façade and a long front porch bordering an attached garage.
Once guests enter the home from the front walkway, however, jaws start dropping.
The current owner, who has lived there for about 12 years, completely gutted the interior when she first purchased the home. She then added personal touches that are as stunningly aesthetic as they are incredibly efficient, from a huge modern kitchen to a formal living room with original woodburning fireplace, a high-ceilinged family room with linear gas fireplace, and a bright formal dining room with oversized windows that was designed for large gatherings.
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There is upscale wainscoting, crown molding and decorative chandeliers in nearly every room, including the kitchen, plus gleaming original hardwood floors in all four upstairs bedrooms and luxurious porcelain tiles throughout most of the main living area. The wow factor does not end inside, either, as a humongous backyard is highlighted by a built-in grill area on a semi-enclosed paved patio that has its own sink and refrigerator.
Ironically — with a backyard that would be a grill afficionado’s paradise