The $750,000 estate that was once considered for a 14-home development is getting a facelift.
Last week, the city’s architectural board of review OK’d a major renovation to the home commonly known as the Heideloff Estate at 13474 Edgewater Drive.
After talking with neighbors on the issue — and addressing the board’s concerns — the new owners of the property are moving forward.
Mark Reinhold, the architect for the project, told the ABR that among the changes, the homeowners would like to include two additions (one a master bedroom and another for a kitchen) and add a five-car garage.
“We’re looking to keep the character of the existing house,” Reinhold said last month.
Some elements of the design include stone masonry work.
Michael and Stacey Semaan bought the home for $750,000 in June, according to county property records.
City officials are happy that the new homeowners are investing in Lakewood.
“One of the questions (we had) was ‘is a white-knight buyer going to come out of the woodwork to buy this property?’” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development.
“We are lucky as a community that someone is willing to invest (in this property).”
Earlier this year, an elegant estate on Edgewater Drive was spared the wrecking ball as well as a proposed plan to build 14 single-story senior living homes on the property.
At the time, city officials told the would-be developers that — under the zoning code — there could be no more than a dozen single-story homes built on the 2.6-acre property.
The company informed the city shortly afterward that it was no longer pursuing the project.