MOORESVILLE – In the gated community of Alexander Island, quiet, tree-lined streets flow across sun-soaked flat land directly toward a tranquil corner of Lake Norman.
The tiramisu colors of 114 Ventana Court peek out unassumingly from behind blossoming crepe myrtle trees.
“It was not a very warm house,” Owner Howard Kosofsky said of home he bought with his wife, Cindy, from former UNC Charlotte men’s basketball coach Jeff Mullins 11 years ago. It's now on the market for $2.7 million.
Kosofsky, president of Langtree Ventures, a real estate development company, said the house struck him as contemporary when he first stepped inside.
Over time, his family renovated its white columns and cream-colored walls, adding dark-stained hardwood floors, built-in living room cabinetry and a warmer, yellow paint scheme in the French country style.
“We just think it’d be a good time to have a smaller house,” Kosofsky said. “As we get older, it makes it a lot easier to get around. I’m one of the Baby Boomers, and I’m thinking like most of them are, simplifying and downsizing.”
And with three stories, six bedrooms, nine baths, and even an outdoor, waterfront cabana, there’s a lot to keep up with.
Six members of the Kosofsky family originally moved inside in 2002, but only the couple's 15-year-old son, Dillon, remains.
The house, meanwhile, has hosted the Taste of the Lake event twice, a Lowe’s YMCA fundraiser for its community support campaign. Money raised goes to Y Readers to help children read at grade level, as well as a LIVESTRONG program for cancer survivors.
Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry have stopped by for fundraising events, too, Kosofsky said.
Kosofsky’s own cash flow received a boost in 2007 when he sold six acres of land to Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters, so it could build a south entrance on its property.
“I also got involved in downtown Mooresville at that time,” he said. “I started investing when no one was investing.”
Langtree Ventures is responsible for developing J.J. Wasabis and The Daily Grind on Main Street.
“I had some partners that had the same vision that I had, and hopefully, we can do more down there,” he added.
One such partner is NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.
The home’s been on the market since last fall, but the Kosofskys aren’t in a rush to move.
Their master bathroom shower offers a view of the lake, they’ve built a wine cellar under their main staircase complete with a pastoral mural, a table from France graces the downstairs powder room and tapestries of the sort you’d find in a Medieval European castle hang from the walls.
And you can’t forget about the silver suit of armor glinting at you from the front windows.
“We put it in the living room, so people could look in and know we were a fun-loving family,” Kosofsky said.