Walnut Hills, one of the city’s older subdivisions, was developed in the 1940s and 1950s as a parklike retreat off Hundred Oaks near Acadian Thruway. It’s still like that today. The home at 4044 Churchill Ave. presents a chance to get into a great neighborhood with character and style under the live oaks.

This four-bedroom cottage is deceptively large, with 3,802 square feet of living space that has been thoughtfully upgraded for today. Narrow-plank oak floors original to the house remain, giving the home a warm and inviting atmosphere. The front elevation is unassuming, providing little indication of the spaciousness inside.

Originally built in the 1940s, the home has a new roof, new fixtures, new wiring, new plumbing, new insulation, new A/C and new windows.

The show begins when you cross the elevated front porch and step through the front door into a huge foyer that could be a room itself. Original red and white oak plank floors stretch ahead into the living room and into the formal dining room to the right.

A cased opening frames the living room, which has an exit to the home’s center courtyard. The kitchen is just a few steps away.

The highlight in the kitchen is a 9x4-foot island and counters topped with 3cm slabs of honed black pearl granite. A Venora commercial cooking system from Italy is below a custom stainless hood, and the shiplap backsplash contains a pot-filler. A huge KitchenAid is on one wall across from a microwave-over-oven combo. An icemaker is situated in the island.

Two steps down from the kitchen is a big keeping room with a masonry fireplace at the opposite end. More original floors are here, along with a pair of French doors that exit to the center courtyard.

The master suite, located just off the keeping room, is a generously-sized retreat from the cares of life. The master bedroom has its own private courtyard, and double doors open into a short hallway leading to the marble master bath. Two walk-in closets flank this short hall leading into the expansive wet areas. Heavy slabs of Crema Marfil marble are on dual vanities below custom mirrors. An undermount soaker tub is adjacent to a big window. But not to worry, the whole yard is surrounded by a privacy fence. At the far end of the bath, an oversized shower has a rain head and a separate hand-held unit.

The south wing of the home has three large bedrooms, two full baths and a half-bath, all located along an oak-planked hallway. The home also has a two-car carport with a workshop and sits on a 90 x 150-foot lot with four massive live oaks.

Legend has it that Great Britain Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited the neighborhood and may even have had a hand in planting some of the live oaks back in the 1940s. I couldn’t confirm that’s a true story, but there seems to be little doubt that Churchill Avenue was named after the famous British statesman.

If you’d like to see this property for yourself, Nancy Kemske with Pro-Sold Realty will have an open house today from 2-5 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful home in Walnut Hills.