Dennis Sampson, the owner of the Déj� Vu nightclub in Atlantic City loves his job. Yet, after a night of loud music and action, he appreciates his piece of paradise. "It's a great place to come home to," says the nightclub impresario. "It's a great place to relax."
To reach Sampson's home in the Leeds Estates development in Galloway, you must drive down a long street that ends as a cul de sac. It's like a regal path to his large Tuscan-style villa. Although other sizeable homes line the street, only Sampson's can be referred to as "stately," with it's meticulous landscaping and two-story pillars and arches.
"This is a custom-built home, a stick home, on almost two and one half acres -- so there's lots of privacy," says Sampson. "The home faces the cul de sac, which gives great curb appeal." The well positioned home takes full advantage of the morning and evening sun.
Only one previous owner has occupied this five-year-old home, which has almost 5,000 square feet of living space. Its long driveway and side entry, oversized three-car garage offer plenty of room for guests' vehicles.
Although heated, the home's large basement (with 10-foot ceilings) is not included in the square footage figure. Thus, the basement offers the potential for a 50-percent expansion of living space. It is the perfect spot for a game room, bar area or additional bedrooms, and has separate inside and outside entrances.
Walking through the exterior pillars and double glass doors, you enter a 16-by-16-foot foyer. A perfectly situated Christmas tree soars up from the foyer's porcelain floors to a 22-foot ceiling. A spiral staircase with a wood railing and wrought iron metal work seems to wrap around the tree.
"The previous owner has an iron mill shop," adds Scott Reighard, owner/broker of Re/Max Atlantic of Absecon, "and does custom fencing and iron work for a lot of the casinos."
|The kitchen includes a Viking range, granite countertops and a center island.|
To the right of the foyer is a large formal dining room, which leads to a state-of-the-art, tiled kitchen with a stainless steel appliance package. "It has a Viking range, which is the Mercedes Benz of ranges, granite countertops and a center island," says Sampson. The eat-in kitchen's glass doors, situated perfectly in front of a glass dining table, leads to a large rear deck. It overlooks a private, wooded backyard, which adjoins a fenced-in pool area and deck. A first floor full bath is perfect for bathers.
"I accommodated about 100 people at a party over the summer," he adds. "Between the pool area and the back deck, it wasn't cluttered at all. It's just a great home for entertaining."
To the left of the foyer is a formal living room, with an electric fireplace and wall-to-wall carpeting. However, most entertaining takes place in the adjoining 30 by 16-foot sunken family room. It houses a baby grand piano and a 52-inch plasma television. Crown molding adds class to these rooms and throughout much of the home. All of the trim is wide, including the baseboards, with specific areas sporting dental molding.
|The spiral staircase has a wood railing and wrought-iron metal work.|
Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms and a hall bathroom, in addition to a master suite. The long suite contains a sitting area, dual walk-in closets and access to a large storage room, which could be converted into another room. "It has the potential to be a theater or media room," says Sampson. The master bathroom's corner Jacuzzi tub offers a luxurious way to relax.
Other amenities of this home include two zone air conditioning and natural gas heat, recessed lighting throughout, ceiling fans, 9-foot ceilings, custom pavers, a stucco exterior and, of course, the pool area. The heated, in-ground pool measures 40 by 20 feet with a lazy L design, and varies from 3-9 feet in depth. It, and a large decked area, is fenced in for privacy.
"People just love to be here because it's an oasis," says Sampson. "We have our own resort right here."
This home, located in the Leeds Point area of Galloway Township, is listed at $799,500. Contact owner/broker Scott Reighard of Re/Max Atlantic, 703 White Horse Pike, Absecon at 641-8600, ext. 17 (office) or 442-8600 (cell).