A private castle in the country perfect for entertaining sits on 1.77 acres at 214 Thornwood Lane in Van Alstyne. The $597,000 home could be a great place for empty nesters, retirees or a young couple that wants to be a part of a neighborhood that is still growing, Realtor Kacie McCoy said.

Only three years old, this house is in the second phase of the Thornberry Estates development off of Parker and Hackberry roads in Van Alstyne, but it’s a quick trip — less than four miles — from the home to U.S. Highway 75.

Opening the front door to the home, many spaces in the three bedrooms and three and a half bathroom house have vaulted ceilings, as well as floor and ceiling moldings. There are two living areas in the 3,308-square-foot home that McCoy describes as traditional.

The gourmet kitchen has marble countertops and features built-in appliances like the large refrigerator, microwave and double ovens. A separate hood and range are opposite the large island with dual sink. The appliances are all stainless steel, while the ample cabinet space feature a dark stain that makes the contrast between the two elements really stand out.

The master suite includes a separate sitting area with a large walk-in closet and bathroom. The master bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower. The master bedroom and the smaller bedrooms each have mounted ceiling fans.

There are high-end media and equipment rooms. All televisions in the home were mounted with hidden wires to stay with the home.

“This home was pristinely kept,” McCoy said. “I think that the most unique feature to me is the central courtyard. There are double sliding doors that open out to the courtyard in three directions. It’s great for entertaining and there is a lot of natural light.”

The entertaining space is private and the house has covered porches, as well as open and covered patio spaces.

For those that are interested, this house also has energy efficient storm screen shutters that have already been installed.

The home has a swing driveway and the attached garage is meant to accomodate three vehicles. A partial fence keeps the land separate from the other homes in the area. The home is kept secure with a burglar system and exterior security lights.

All of the homes surrounding the Thornwood house sit on at least one acre and there are just two streets going through the subdivision, McCoy said.

“One of the homes in the area has a large pond in the backyard,” she said. “The pond may not be for public use but it definitely lets people know what the feel of the area is.”

The house has carpet, ceramic tiles and wood flooring throughout and there is a stone gas starter fireplace inside.

“All of the homes in this area are relatively new,” McCoy said. “There is a house being built in the area right now.”

Still in Grayson County, the home is in the Van Alstyne Independent School District and homeowners association participation is not mandatory.

“Anyone interested in this listing should know that this home was impeccably kept,” McCoy said. “If it is not new, everything in the home is like new.”

Private viewings of this home can be seen by contacting McCoy, with the Michelle Musick Jones Team of Coldwell Banker Apex, at 972-523-4411.