Just Listed: Customized Colonial in Jamison
Don't let this house's facade fool you: this is not your garden-variety suburban tract house.
In the early 2000s, custom-car fans of the hip-hop generation flocked to an MTV series called “Pimp My Ride.” In it, a team of crack customizers in Los Angeles took someone’s hoopty and transformed it into a tricked-out looker that reflected the owner’s personality. A bowler got a car with a ball spinner in its trunk; a badminton player’s Dodge Caravan got a badminton net installed in its back; a surfer’s VW bus had a clothes dryer put in. The show spawned spinoffs across the globe.
“Pimp My Ride” went off the air in 2007. But maybe it’s time we took that concept into the domestic-architecture realm. Attention, HGTV executives: Here’s the pilot episode of “Pimp My Tract House.”
This house for sale didn’t qualify as hoopty to begin with, though: it dates to 2002 and was in like-new condition when the current owner bought it. “We simply enhanced the previous owner’s vision,” says the owner, Amanda McDevitt.
“Enhanced” is an understatement.
If you like your tradition with a modernist twist, this house is for you. Check out the two-story foyer’s glass staircase railing, custom woodwork, three-zone heated porcelain tile floor and ultra-modern chandelier in its domed, floodlight-studded ceiling.
And speaking of custom woodwork, as you peruse the photos, pay attention to the doors in all the rooms. Those didn’t come with the house either: they’re far more elegant and substantial than what this house’s builder provided. The owners also installed custom Hunter Douglas bidirectional window shades on all the windows; you can see examples of these in the photos too.
If you’re a media or movie junkie, you’ll fall in love with this place. It has not one, but two rooms set up for viewing pleasure.
One is the souped-up family room, where you’ll find a backlit big-screen projection TV along with a sleek gas fireplace.
The other is the basement media room, which has a big-screen HDTV.
And if you can’t tear yourself away from the screen, don’t worry: there’s another wall-mounted HDTV in the cathedral-ceilinged master bedroom, a swivel-mounted one in the master bathroom, and another swivel-mounted one in the basement gym.
Did I say gym? That’s not a gym in the basement; it’s a fitness club. You can ditch your membership when you move here.
When you’re done with your whole-body workout or cardio routine, you can repair to the master bathroom for a relaxing soak in its jetted tub, a bracing rain shower or a stint in its two-person Maxx spa.
Or when the weather’s nice, you can repair to your spacious rear deck instead and luxuriate in its hot tub. Your guests will enjoy it too. They’ll also enjoy the Restoration Hardware fire pit, and a retractable canopy extends over the deck and also attaches to the back railing so you can use the deck even when it’s raining.
With all this going on, the upgraded kitchen may well be the least impressive space in this house, which is saying something, because it’s pretty damn impressive too. It has granite countertops and backsplash, an island with bar seating next to its breakfast nook. And it’s open to that home-theater family room.
Its lot is also very nicely landscaped and backs up onto preserved open space.
And the best thing about this house for sale? You get all these goodies for a price that’s a steal. Isn’t it time you pimped your lifestyle?
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 2 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,406
SALE PRICE: $575,000
OTHER STUFF: This house’s sale price was reduced by $13,000 on Jan. 8th.
1844 Adams Way, Jamison, Pa. 18929 [Candyce Chimera | RE/MAX Legacy]