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The answer lies in the sensational Glen Oaks Manor layout. From the outside the villas are non-descript and lacking in personality. But inside all hell breaks lose. They are built around a series of courtyards and atriums, so that they turn away from the world and become their own ultra-private spaces. The only window to the outside is in the guest bedroom.
The exterior template for Glen Oaks Manor homes.
You can do anything you want with a Glen Oaks villa, and believe me, the decorators have. None of the interior walls are load-bearing so you can tear down, rip out, enlarge, etc. You can turn it into Country French, formal English, Key West, or, in the case of the example below (currently on the market for $299,000) a sort of tropical Southwestern, complete with Mexican tile floors and Talavera tiles in the bathrooms.
A redone living room at 3804 Glen Oaks Manor Drive.
What you do with the courtyard is the key issue in a Glen Oak villa, and in this particular example (3804 Glen Oaks Manor Drive) it’s become a hideaway in Acapulco. The total privacy hints a fun, sophisticated lifestyle, and if you had this pool, would you ever wear a bathing suit? The size is 1,630 square feet, ideal for a couple. Susan Matteoli is the listing agent: (941) 356-1335.
The Glen Oaks courtyard at 3954 Glen Oaks Manor Drive, top; and the redone one at 3804 Glen Oaks Manor Drive, below.