By Kim Dishongh | Photography by David Yerby
In one of Little Rock’s oldest neighborhoods, there is a newcomer.
The house at 2819 North Pierce was constructed earlier this year and is waiting for a family to make it a home.
Listed at $1,060,000, it has four bedrooms and five bathrooms – four full baths and one half bath – and has 4,495 square feet of living space.
A formal dining room, still an important feature to many Heights area residents, is just inside the front door, warmed by a double-sided white fireplace with porcelain tile that looks like Carerra marble, shared by the great room on the opposite side.
“There’s a formal dining room here, and the kitchen island provides you with seating, and there’s still a breakfast table,” says Brandy Harp, principal broker of Jon Underhill Real Estate. Harp’s husband, Richard – of Richard Harp Homes – constructed the home at the request of an investor in the area.
The kitchen, open to the great room, boasts a Thermador double oven and a built-in microwave drawer. The cabinets, all with slow-closing doors, have furniture feet for added character. The kitchen island, topped with the same durable, easy-to-maintain manmade quartz as the countertops, houses a farmhouse sink and has storage all around as well as seating for four.
There are two sets of French doors leading out of the great room. One set leads onto a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace, perfect for al fresco dining on a chilly fall evening.
Plenty of natural light flows through the Anderson 100 windows throughout the dining and living areas, but those particular windows keep the air that’s heated and cooled inside the home right where it belongs.
“When the windows were installed, we made sure to seal around them really well including in the attic, and they were air sealed after that so there were extra adjustments to make sure they were just right,” says Richard, who also installed energy efficient heating and cooling units and LED lighting.
The house has 8-foot doors and 10-foot ceilings, and oak floors through the main living areas and corridors and carpet in bedrooms and the common areas upstairs.
The open floorplan allows residents flexibility, says Brandy.
The Harps enlisted the help of Robbie Cash of R. Cash Designs to help prospective buyers imagine how they might use the rooms to best suit their families.
“There’s not a lot of new construction in the Heights, so it’s sometimes difficult for people to envision how you might live in the spaces,” says Brandy. “When we turned this over to Robbie, it was a blank slate.”
Cash brought in furniture and textiles in copper, gold and silver tones as well as some jewel tones, adding pops of color to the house’s neutral palette.
Cash’s business took off about a year ago, when real estate agents like Harp realized how she could help people see a house’s potential by showing them how furniture might be arranged to customize a space to their needs. She stores her pieces in seven climate controlled storage units, though much of what she owns is in rotation in various houses currently listed on the market.
“Every finish in here is really high end,” says Brandy. “We tried to keep a classic and timeless design. Some of the main interior design elements of the Heights is really simple crown molding. It’s not overstated.”
The glass doorknobs used on interior doors in the dining room and great room, for example, are a modern uptake on those found in many of the older Heights homes.
There is a master downstairs, with a spacious bathroom with a glass shower and a freestanding bathtub with a side mounted faucet, next to a smaller room that Cash has staged as a bright and airy office.
Upstairs, three bedrooms – including a second master, with a master bath that’s only slightly smaller than the primary one – and a common area could be turned into a living space for teens or for in-laws, or it could be used as a media room and play area or any number of other configurations.
“The gentleman who had this place done is European, and they live together in families, as in larger family units. So, the way this is laid out is that there would be a master on the first floor,” Richard explains. “The idea then would be if it were a mid-life family you might have kids living upstairs that would have the public living area that’s in the middle of the upstairs to themselves. The master would be down here and then there might be an office. A younger couple might want the downstairs for a master and a nursery. And then upstairs there is a second master with a full-fledged shower and tub in one of the bathrooms upstairs so if you had in-laws living upstairs, stairs notwithstanding, that would be their own space, and a refrigerator and a microwave gives them a little kitchen area.”
A mudroom off the garage door is ready for anything, with four storage cabinets that have charging stations, outlets and hooks for backpacks.
The home’s exterior is stucco, with round gutters.
“There’s a great-sized flat backyard, and it’s already nicely landscaped,” says Brandy. “This house was really designed to be very energy efficient and it’s got all the perks of being right here in the Heights. Someone is going to love it.”
Windows and Exterior Doors – Windows, Doors and More
Plumbing Contractor – Westlake Plumbing
Plumbing Fixtures – The Plumbing Warehouse
Electrical Contractor – Brownlee Electric
HVAC Contractor – Butler AC & Heat
Security Contractor – De-Tec Security
Fireplace Vendor – Royal Hearth and Home
Insulator – Pablo Martinez
Interior Doors and Millwork – Kaufman Lumber
Cabinetry – Moody Cabinets
Garage Doors – Coney Garage Doors
Painting Contractor – Melvin’s Painting
Paint Vendor – Sherwin Williams
Countertops – AHI
Appliances – Metro Appliances
Wood Floors – Arkansas Wood Floors
Tile Floors – The Tile Shop
Tile Setter – First Quality Tile
Carpeting – ProSource Wholesale
Stucco – Creative Wall Systems
Landscaper – Solid Ground Landscaping
Interiors Staged by Robbie Cash of R. Cash Designs
By Kim Dishongh | Photography by David Yerby