This is Willistown Township, a bucolic area that’s quiet, genteel, and inclined toward an appreciation of the natural world. In September, the new 22-acre Serpentine Preserve will open adjacent to the Willisbrook Preserve and Serpentine Barrens, all of them ideal spots for hiking, bird-watching and guided tours of wild plants. That’s to say nothing of the Township’s 180-acre Okehocking Preserve along Delchester Run and Ridley Creek, which also offers walking trails past wetlands, meadowlands and the like. Residents here are just as likely to put on their Wellies as don a tux for a dinner party.
Which is not to say the real estate comes cheap. One house on the market is $4.5 million. Another is $3.5 million. Given that this home—with a phenomenal blue kitchen with Carrara marble countertops—is between the two, its new million-dollar price tag feels like a bargain. Plus, it’s a terrific house.
Beamed ceilings, hard-wood floors (including white plank flooring), a large stone hearth, top-of-the-line appliances, old-fashioned, barn-style doors, open flow between rooms, built-in wood cabinetry, backyard deck surrounded by trees...the home is a class act. And all those blue notes in the decor are deeply satisfying, but then, blue is my favorite color, so that could be subjective. (Fans of Phillipe Starck's Ghost Chair will also enjoy the decor.)
As for brass tacks, there's central air, three-car parking, and a new septic system—always a big-ticket item—is on its way, hence a recent increase in price.
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