Country Living Magazine Announces 2017 Lake House of the Year Show Home on Lake Martin


The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home will be open to the public June 26–July 9

Country Living magazine announced recently the brand’s first-ever Lake House of the Year show home, located on Alabama’s scenic Lake Martin. Built by Classic Homes in collaboration with developer Russell Lands On Lake Martin and designed by Nashville architect Jonathan Torode. This stunning lakefront home represents the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living. The 2,897-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms a screened-in porch, stone terrace, and lakeside firepit.

“The Lake House of the Year will showcase the best of living on the water. Both rustic and refined, it’s a modern-day look at living stylishly on the lake—and I couldn’t imagine a better partner for this project than Russell Lands On Lake Martin,” says Rachel Hardage Barrett, Editor-in-Chief of Country Living. “The hardest part will be handing over the keys, as I’m about ready to move in.”

The Lake House of the Year will be open to the public for tours June 26–July 9. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the door or online at Ticket sales will benefit Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin. Children’s Harbor provides children with serious illnesses and their families a place to be themselves—to have fun and relax—while also receiving no-cost services that make life a bit easier for the whole family.

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The Lake House of the Year will be revealed within Country Living’s July/August Water Issue, the magazine’s first-ever celebration of life on the water that will feature gorgeous spaces from sea to shining sea, on newsstands June 20.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the Country Living team to showcase this beautiful home,” says Steve Arnberg, vice president of real estate at Russell Lands On Lake Martin. “Their vision for a classic layout with contemporary touches fits perfectly with our lakefront lifestyle at Lake Martin.”

The classic Russell Cabins, which have only been available as long-term rentals, served as the inspiration for the Lake House of the Year—a rustic past blending with a modern present. Native pine walls, floors, and ceilings maintain a cozy feel, with more contemporary touches in the kitchens and bathrooms.

Fireplaces feature local stone, and mantels and beams are made from trees harvested on the property. With its natural charm and modern comfort, the design of the cabin allows space for family and friends to gather both indoors and outdoors, providing the backdrop for creating memories that can be cherished for generations.

Sponsors of the 2017 Country Living Lake House of the Year include Sleep Number, Sparkling Ice, and Universal Furniture.

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