Just Listed: Revolutionary Manor in West Chester
Why settle for a Colonial Revival house when you can own the genuine article?
We know from years spent poring over house listings that people hereabouts absolutely love Colonials.
There’s a lot to love about this classic house style: It employs a simple yet efficient layout and offers elegance in its details.
Most of the Colonials on the market, however, are revivals. This house for sale outside West Chester, on the other hand, is the genuine article.
The first shots in the American Revolution were being fired in Concord and Lexington the year the main house here was built. That makes this house, which got an addition in 1833, an outstanding exemplar of the center-hall Colonial style.
And its owners know it, for they have lovingly cared for its intricate, detailed woodwork. You’ll notice just how well as you peruse these photos of its main floor.
The listing agent describes the woodwork in the foyer especially as museum-quality, suitable for shipping off to Winterthur for conservation. But why bother doing that when it fits so well and has been so well cared for here?
Another tipoff to this house’s authenticity: Fireplaces just about everywhere in the main wing. The ones on the main floor all work, while those in the second-floor bedrooms have become decorative.
This house for sale is equipped to satisfy modern tastes, as its restaurant-quality kitchen should make clear. But its layout remains rooted in tradition, with separately defined rooms for every purpose.
A wall of windows, however, offers a link between the kitchen and the family room. In the family room, this wall lights an area with a travertine marble floor that makes for a great mini-greenhouse.
Every room in this house has plenty of space, including the home office and mud room. The bathrooms have all been updated and nicely outfitted as well, and there’s plenty of closet space.
And in the back, you’ll find a patio, a formal garden and a swimming pool, all of which combine to make a great space for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.
Elsewhere on this house’s grounds, you’ll find a former stable that can be converted to many other uses. Behind it are the walls of other former outbuildings.
All this sits on 8.3 acres about a mile south of West Chester. In terms of convenience, you’ll also be sitting pretty here: it’s a short drive into the borough itself for dining, shopping and entertainment, and suburban Wilmington employment centers and Concord Mall are just a few miles away as well. Getting to Philadelphia International Airport takes a little longer — a trip that will become less enervating when a widening of Route 322 is complete.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 6 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 6,128
SALE PRICE: $1,250,000
OTHER STUFF: You don’t have to buy all 8.3 acres if you don’t want to. This property is available in several different configurations. Ask the agent for details.
1200 S. Concord Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 [Holly Gross | Holly Gross Group | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]