Farmhouse Friday: A Survivor in New London Township

The developers of the subdivision that surrounds this 1899 farmhouse knew what they were doing when they left this classic alone.

300 Mill House Dr., Lincoln University, Pa. 19352 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Main Line

300 Mill House Dr., Lincoln University, Pa. 19352 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Main Line

The great irony about most modern suburban subdivisions is that their names often refer to the things that were destroyed in order to produce them: “Rolling Hills Estates” filled with quarter-acre tract houses, “Cloverdale Farms” where not a square foot of cropland remains.

So it is with “Wheatland Farms” in southern Chester County. But at least you can still find a farmhouse in it, namely, this 1899 beauty.

This home retains its country charm inside and out, yet offers all the things buyers want in a totally modern home. Especially the kitchen, which offers a contemporary take on classic farmhouse style by blending traditional cabinetry with up-to-date stainless steel appliances and industrial-style workspace lighting over the central island with sink and soapstone countertops.

The other rooms in this home strike a similar balance between old and new. The kitchen, for instance, is fully open to the living room, which features a Harmon pellet stove, while the adjacent family room has as its focal point a handsome Avondale stone fireplace with a gas insert, a wooden mantle, and a built-in home office/study space with desk, bookcase and storage hutch.

The master bath on the second floor is likewise rustically contemporary with its double vanity atop traditional cabinetry and Jacuzzi tub. A master bedroom, three other bedrooms and a full bath with vessel face basin complete the floor.

Outside, you’ll enjoy both a wraparound porch and a deck surrounded by marsh grass that also offers great views of the more typically suburban houses that surround you in the distance. Your 1.7-acre lot means they won’t get all that close to you, no matter what the developer does in the future. On those cool fall nights, you might even be able to close your eyes and imagine the smell of freshly harvested hay as you relax on your deck.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 2

SQUARE FEET: 2,676

SALE PRICE: $345,000

OTHER STUFF: This home last changed hands in May 2007 for $269,000.



300 Mill House Dr., Lincoln University, Pa. 19352 [Tom Toole Sales Group | RE/MAX Main Line – West Chester Office]