Although her home is within minutes of busy thoroughfares, retail shops and restaurants, Grace Belangia feels as though she lives many miles away from a metropolitan area.
“It’s a nice retreat,” she said. “It feels relaxed.”
She and her husband, Woody, built their River Island home in 2008.
The custom-built home has features that reflect the personalities of its owners, such as its dining room/library. “My husband is a reader,” said Grace.
The room has built-in bookcases filled with about 4,000 volumes. Woody is a part-time philosophy professor at Augusta State University.
There’s a sliding ladder and pocket doors, giving the room the feel of an old English manor rather than a contemporary home in Columbia County.
Grace’s West Coast influence can be seen in the open spaces on the lower level. “It’s very family-friendly in the common areas.”
The kitchen and the breakfast nook have many windows. “I love natural lighting,” she said.
The breakfast nook has a beach cottage aura. It has dropped beadboard ceilings and is decorated with photographs 14-year-old Chloe took on a school trip to Europe over the summer.