On the Market: Renovated Classic in West Chester
An architect got hold of this handsome house for sale just west of the center of town and turned it into a stylish showstopper.
Of all the lovely county seats surrounding Philadelphia, West Chester may come closest in appearance to the classic American Small Town, with its grid of streets, courthouse on the central square, and leafy streets lined with houses ranging from tidy cottages to stately classics.
This house for sale on West Gay Street definitely falls into the latter category. It’s a traditional brick Colonial “foursquare” house dating to 1900.
But only on the outside. Inside, it’s a strikingly contemporary classic, thanks to the total makeover an architect gave it just over two years ago.
That becomes evident the moment you cross its welcoming front porch and pass through its vestibule. Its foyer keeps the traditional faith yet makes a nod to the modern open plan with its large openings punctuated by columns. Its modern lighting also tells you where this place is headed.
The dining room to the left confirms that it’s arrived there. Check out the decor, the lighting and the gas fireplace.
The dining room forms a single space with the kitchen, which features soft-close cabinets, high-end appliances and a wood-topped waterfall island with bar seating. Note also the pot filler provided for the island’s gas cooktop, an unusual design.
To the right of the foyer, the living and family rooms also form a single space.
Off the family room is a covered skylit side deck with fire pit, a more recent addition to this house. HDMI cables have already been installed for an outdoor big-screen TV installation.
The second floor contains the master suite, two more bedrooms and a hall bath. The master suite includes a dressing room and a large bathroom with double vanities, a rain head shower, and a nice view of the street through its window.
The gabled top floor houses another bedroom, another bathroom and a bonus room with a separate entrance from the outside. This room’s exposed brick gives it an urban-loft vibe, and its separate entrance makes it ideal for use as an office for a home-based business.
The renovation made this house sparkle and gave it upgraded systems to boot. Its location just five blocks west of Gay and High streets makes it a great choice for anyone who loves walkable urbanity, for all of the borough’s great shops and restaurants are within easy reach on foot.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,861
SALE PRICE: $850,000
500 W. Gay St., West Chester, Pa. 19380 [Jeffrey Bryant | United Real Estate]