NEST: The essence of Otto Zenke

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201 Lake Drive, Thomasville
201 Lake Drive, Thomasville

Thomasville was built on design.

For a century, furniture company executives chose to live in Thomasville because of its small-town feel and its proximity both to the industry and its biannual market in High Point, and also to the other cities of the Triad, with Winston-Salem and Greensboro within easy highway access.

As wealth amassed in Thomasville, a legacy of fine homes with unique design elements, palatial rooms and luxurious sensibility was created.

This is one of those homes.

The manse on Lake Drive reclines on more than 1.5 acres of land, sculpted with tasteful foliage and shrubbery that accents a rear yard, patio, porch and garden, with notes of slate and iron. Shingled wings extend from either side of the main brick structure, all covered by slate roofing. From the street it’s a showstopper. But the real artistry exists inside the Early American façade.

Dentil moldings, marble floors, French doors, hardwood floors and other high-end features distinguish this home from other manors in the area. A wraparound staircase adds luster to the foyer. Recessed shelving marks the dining room and library, which is finished with oak paneling. Some, but not all, of the five fireplaces have been converted to gas.

Much of the interior design owes its splendor to the late legend Otto Zenke, an interior designer with national acclaim who made his home in the Triad.

After moving to Greensboro in 1937, Zenke took on as his first task a redesign of the Morehead house on Eugene Street downtown. Once the home of Eugene Morehead, son of former North Carolina Gov. John Motley Morehead, Zenke would make it into his home and studio before turning his eye towards Thomasville.

Modern accommodations include new appliances and fixtures, and a two-car attached garage at the end of the circular drive.

This is not just any home, and it’s not for just any family. But for those looking to connect with a legacy of luxury and elegant design, there is nothing else like it on the market.

201 Lake Drive, Thomasville

$649,900

5 BR, 5.5 bath, 5,000 sqft

Schools: Thomasville public schools

Agent: Frank Slate Brooks, Tyler Redhead McAlister, 336.708.0479

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