A Pleasure Palace in Newtown Square for $825K
This 1950s rancher has morphed into a two-story home built for leisure time enjoyment, whether with family or with friends.
We think that this sprawling year-round retreat in Newtown Square began life in 1957 (the date given on the listing) as an unassuming ranch house.
But we can’t be completely sure, for this home has gotten numerous additions and upgrades over the years. So many, in fact, that the original ranch house is barely recognizable.
You, on the other hand, should be able to recognize a resort when you see one. After taking a look at the pictures presented here, this home’s current identity should be crystal clear.
But before we get to the resort part, let’s deal with the transformed rancher first. One of our bases for concluding this home started out as a ranch house is the reference to the “former master bedroom” in the agent’s description.
This bedroom and two others can be found on the main floor, and as the original master suite remains intact, this home can still support one-floor living.
A newer master suite on the second-floor addition has a more luxurious bathroom with jetted soaking tub and separate stall shower.
It has an informal main-floor layout, with the living and dining rooms both on the same side of the foyer. That foyer, however, has two stories now, with a stairwell overlooking both foyer in front and family and breakfast rooms in back.
The family room is an expansive space filled with light from its large Palladian windows and skylights. Light is another common theme in this house, whose front porch and kitchen also boast skylights.
Downstairs in the finished basement you’ll find a game room with a full wet bar and knotty-pine paneling (one of the places this home’s ’50s roots still show).
Then there are the back and side yards. Together they form a well-outfitted outdoor entertainment and leisure space.
The side patio is covered with an arbor, the rear flagstone patio contains a barbecue grill under a gazebo, and behind the detached two-car garage, you’ll find an in-ground pool, pool house and another gazebo.
The home is in great shape and has been well maintained over the years. Now it’s your turn to build on what’s already been done and shape it to your own taste. That won’t require much in the way of heavy lifting.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: $3,977
SALE PRICE: $824,900
122 Tyson Rd., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 [Eileen Brophy Williams | RE/MAX Preferred]