Main Line Monday: No Heavy Lifting in Wayne
There are two ways for you to avoid having to mow your grass and shovel the snow from your walkways and driveways in winter if you own a single-family suburban home with a yard:
- Pay someone to do these things for you, or
- Move to a community where the homeowners association takes care of this stuff for you.
This classically contemporary French-inspired home in Wayne’s Highfield subdivision is in one of those communities. Yard maintenance, snow shoveling, and more are all included in the $350 monthly homeowners association fee.
This is all very nice, but it means nothing if the home isn’t nice too. That’s also been taken care of.
Its exterior presents an air of French character and mixes formal elegance with informal design. That combination extends to the inside, where the striking two-story entrance hall with its turned staircase is the centerpiece of a nontraditional layout with a most convenient main floor.
Instead of the formal living and dining rooms, which this home does have, the rooms you find immediately on either side of the entrance hall are a cozy family room/den on the left and a sunny eat-in kitchen on the right.
The family room exudes warmth with its wood paneling, built-in bookshelves, carpeting and gas fireplace with brick surround, while the kitchen is nicely set up to accommodate the creative cook, with granite countertops, tile backsplashes, a gas range and full complement of modern appliances, a desk space and a breakfast room.
Behind the kitchen is the formal dining room, with such traditional decorative features as a chair rail, crown molding and large French doors that open out onto the covered rear patio.
Next to the dining room and just behind the entrance hall is the formal living room, where a wood-burning fireplace serves as the focal point.
The master suite is also on the main floor, behind the den. It includes a large walk-in closet and a tiled master bathroom. Also on the main floor are a powder room and a laundry/mud room that provides access to the two-car garage.
Upstairs you’ll find two more spacious bedrooms, either of which could serve as a master if you prefer, and a tiled hall bathroom.
Down below is an unfinished basement that could be configured into anything you like: storage space, media room, home office, playroom — your imagination is the limit.
Surrounding this home is an attractively landscaped yard that you don’t have to maintain.
It’s conveniently located to both downtown Wayne and SEPTA Regional Rail as well as King of Prussia and the area’s major highways.
Built in 1981, this home has aged gracefully. It’s in great shape and ready for you to enjoy, but also ready for updating if you so desire.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,164
SALE PRICE: $524,9000
OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale price was reduced by $30,100 on Sept. 29. While it’s in Wayne’s ZIP code, it’s north of the center of town in the finger of Chester County that forms its northeasternmost corner, which means your children will attend school in the top-ranked Tredyffrin-Easttown School District.
15 Highfield Lane, Wayne, Pa. 19087 [John Collins | RE/MAX Main Line]