21st-Century Tradition in Chadds Ford for $625K

What happens when you give a custom builder with a modernist sensibility a traditional house form to work with? You get this stunner.

600 E. Hillendale Rd., Chadds Ford, Pa. 19317 | Bright MLS images via Beiler-Campbell Realtors & Appraisers

I didn’t know there were public buildings in Kennett Township old enough to undergo adaptive reuse. Just look at what’s been done to this handsome 1920s schoolhouse….

…what’s that you say? That’s not a schoolhouse?

Damn it, you’re right. Guess I’d better read the broker’s description before writing.

As it turns out, the home you see above dates to 2015. It’s the product of a custom builder who put exceptional care into producing a streamlined Georgian home with a distinctly modern sensibility.

Since the home he was building was his own, it was worth it.


Inside, the home is actually something of an architectural mixtape. For starters, the soaring two-story foyer has a distinctly Arts and Crafts feel in its woodwork and its double entrance doors.

Main living area


The main living area, meanwhile, is 21st-century contemporary to its core. Look how clean the lines are in that custom kitchen, for instance.

Master bedroom

Master bathroom

Those clean contemporary lines continue to dominate in the main-floor master suite, but you’ll find the builder quoting the classics in the form of that master-bathroom chandelier with its medallion mount.

Upstairs, the unadulterated modern look rules, though the choice of travertine marble for the bathrooms makes this home stand out from the run-of-the-mill modernism common hereabouts.

Family room

Go downstairs and you’ll find the clearest nod to 18th-century England in the form of the family room’s coffered ceiling. There’s also a custom laundry and an unfinished space for storage down below.

Backyard and terrace

In back, the home gives off a faintly Art Deco-ish air in its fenestration. The backyard boasts an attractive techno-bloc terrace and handsome landscaping.

Set amidst towering trees, this home conveys a sense of solidity and poise not commonly found in modern homes. You, your family and your guests should find it an object lesson in gracious modern living.



BATHS: 3 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $625,000

OTHER STUFF: This home also features energy-efficient heating, cooling and windows. It also has garage parking for three cars.

600 E. Hillendale Rd., Chadds Ford, Pa. 19317 [John Kriza | Beiler-Campbell Realtors & Appraisers]