A magical estate property located just a few miles drive to downtown Highlands. Backs up to the 18,000 Big Laurel area of the National Forest where 30-foot oxen wagons created wondrous trails for hiking up to the top of the mountain way back when.The gated approximately 8.82 acres of beautiful hardwoods, croquet lawn, a fenced area for horses, raised beds for perennials, asparagus and other veggies, and a large dahlia bed are a gardener's delight! A stone terrace with outdoor fireplace for grilling on chilly nights is a special place near the spring fed water feature.The four bedroom home had a large addition around 20 years ago designed by architect Dennis Dewolf that starts with a foyer perfect for dueling grand pianos and a lovely, open staircase that leads to an upper great room with stone fireplace and a screened porch for dining and hammock relaxation. A large bedroom wing with fireplace and bath features a tub and separate shower and his and her closets, which are a great addition. The main level that still reflects charm of the 1950s features a great room open to a dining room with a stone fireplace that is doubled-sided in the expansive kitchen. A brand-new stainless refrigerator and a five-burner gas stove and Bosch wall oven and a large food pantry create a great working kitchen! A private office wing could allow for more sleeping space for extra guests. Three other bedrooms and two and a half baths complete the main floor.A large deck across the back of the home allows for entertaining or simply sitting in a rocker watching a lovely sunset. Venture up to the large art studio with lots of windows or add a bath for a cute guest house. A new roof in 2022 (40K) and two separate gas furnaces (one in 2015 and 2016) were just serviced and fireplaces were just inspected. This is a special property and can be subdivided into a few lots!