Hanna Hasl-Kelchner and David Kelchner
514 Senlac Road
This charming house was built in the 1920′s, about the same time as nearby Coker Arboretum. The Kelchners renovated in 2006, adding vintage leaded windows and converting the garage into a garden shed and workshop. Tucked back from the main road, the property offers a discovery around every turn. Lady Banks roses line the driveway, and embedded in flanking stone walls, fanciful gargoyles represent the four seasons; a question mark garden beckons nearby, and crowned frogs here and there lend a whimsical touch. An aged brick wall around the rear courtyard reminds one of Charleston, and interesting wrought iron elements are reminiscent of European gardens. The immense and ancient crepe myrtles flanking the wrought iron gate here are purportedly the oldest in Chapel Hill. The courtyard features delightful nooks and crannies, including a secret rose garden. A large yellowwood tree provides plentiful shade on the flagstone terrace, and other plantings include an immense old magnolia, lilacs, peonies, oak leaf hydrangea, dogwood, and a tall fir tree. The owners enjoy the kaleidoscope of color unfolding through the seasons; deer however are a constant problem, invading across the street from Battle Park.
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Photos: Anne Wood Humphries
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