When Leonard and Belinda Kaiser built their lovely family home 23 years ago in Gulf Shores, the property was in the country. Now, it’s surrounded by the city and minutes away from amenities such as Publix and Target. “At the time, we had lived right in town, and our oldest daughter wondered why we were moving ‘way out there’ in the country,” Belinda recalled with a laugh. “Now the property is unique: more than six acres with huge old Oak trees. It’s very park like, it looks over a golf course, and it feels like the country, but it’s within the city limits.”

When the Kaisers built the five bedroom/five bath home, their daughters were in to horses and riding, and so the property includes a barn that now has taken on a new role, Belinda said. “When the girls got older and moved on to other interests, we converted the working horse barn into what my husband calls his ‘man cave,’ but it’s much more than that. It has a kitchen and bath, and it’s great for entertaining. We’ve had parties out there seating up to 60 people.”

A couple of years ago, the Kaisers remodeled the main house, but they didn’t touch the original layout. “We did the things you do: completely updated the kitchen, installed hardwood floors downstairs, remodeled the master bath, and did some cosmetic things outside, but the flow of the house has always worked so well just the way it is. It’s great for entertaining and for big family gatherings. We really didn’t need to change anything major.”

When the Kaisers were planning the house two decades ago, they knew they wanted a seamless feel between inside and outside. “The property then and now is so beautiful, we wanted to incorporate the view. We didn’t want the inside to compete with the outside, so we needed colors and decor that were complementary. We all love being outdoors, and we spend a lot of time on the screen porch. We wanted to bring that whole feeling into the interior of the house.”

The views from the house are what Belinda considers her favorite thing about it. “The kitchen has corner windows, and when I look out, I can see an almost panoramic view of the property with the trees, the pastures and barn, and the golf course at Craft Farms in the distance. It a very beautiful, peaceful property.”

Even though she admits it will be difficult to leave, the Kaisers have put the home up for sale. “We’re ready for a new phase in our life, and this house needs to have a family in it, someone who will enjoy the space as much as we have over the years.”

One special piece from the home will most likely travel with the Kaisers to their new residence. “When we completed the remodel, we needed something over the fireplace. I took a picture of the backyard to Fairhope artist Jean-Marie McDonnell, and she perfectly captured one of the beautiful old Oak trees with a swing. We’ll miss this home, but now we will always get to enjoy the backyard view.”

The home is listed for sale by Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty. A virtual tour of the home may be viewed at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OLqVH0jzkQI

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