On the Market: Customized Neotraditional in Newtown Square
The mass custom builders take their cues from auto makers: Offer a basic model, then let the buyers add as many extras to it as they want. The owner of this showpiece in Toll Brothers’ Liseter development pulled out all the stops.
If William Levitt was the Henry Ford of home building, Toll Brothers is its General Motors. Where the creator of mass-produced suburban housing 0ffered you a handful of basic models with maybe a few options for jazzing them up, the masters of mass customization offer you a wide range of basic models plus a whole bunch of extras you can trick them out with.
This customized Newtown Square neotraditional house for sale got tricked out to the max by the art lover who bought it while Toll’s Liseter community was still rising on the site of a former farm in Newtown Square. Now that owner is decamping for Florida to be closer to relatives, and as a result, you can own a real showcase home that’s move-in ready.
One of this house’s biggest showstoppers are its two-story-high main-floor spaces. Starting with the foyer, branching off into the family room and culminating in the huge great room, these spaces will make your draw drop.
The owner of this house is an art lover, and she had the spaces configured to make it easy to showcase the artwork. Between nooks for the display of objects to expansive walls suitable for large artworks, this house has the personality of an art gallery with all the comforts of home.
Interior designer Gary Ruff did a great job giving these spaces a look that is at once contemporary and classic. The formal dining room and top-drawer kitchen both display this combination of styles.
And speaking of tricked out, note the kitchen appliances. You get two ovens — one in the Jenn-Air range and another Jenn-Air oven on the opposite wall — a microwave/convection combo oven and a wine fridge.
The house also features a main-floor primary suite for convenient single-floor living. Like the dining room, the primary bedroom has a tray ceiling, one of those bells and whistles Toll offered buyers. Its closet and all the other bedroom closets in this house feature California Closets organization systems.
If you schedule a showing with the listing agent, you will find that some of the big-screen HDTVs seen in these pictures remain installed for your use. What you can’t see in this photo of the primary bedroom is the HDTV built into the backlit mirror over its dual vanity.
The family room and atrium just to the left of the front entrance can be repurposed to serve as a guest bedroom suite. The study to the left of the main stairs can also serve as a bedroom, but these days, I suspect most buyers would want to keep it as a home office.
Upstairs you’ll find a princess suite with en-suite bath, two more bedrooms with a hall bath and a spacious playroom that makes this house family-friendly as well. So does its finished walkout basement, which has room for a home theater, fitness equipment and games.
And a Trex deck in back gives you space for outdoor entertaining amid attractive landscaping.
What this house doesn’t offer, the community does: it has a central clubhouse that residents can book for parties and a large community swimming pool.
Liseter lies just up the road from the intersection of Newtown Street Road and West Chester Pike, Newtown Square’s version of a downtown. You’ll find plenty of shops, services, groceries and eateries clustered around the intersection, including the shopping plaza in the neighboring Ellis Preserve development, where Toll has also built mass-customized residences.
Granted, instead of shaping your own personal vision here, you will be buying someone else’s. But you will be doing that no matter where you buy in Liseter, which is completely sold out. If you like what that community has to offer, this Newtown Square neotraditional house for sale offers you a great way to enjoy it.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 8,461
SALE PRICE: $1,699,000
OTHER STUFF: This house is also fully wired for sound with a built-in “Control 4” sound system. A $300 monthly homeowners’ association fee covers maintenance of community facilities and roads. This house’s sale price was reduced by $31,000 on Nov. 9.
503 Hunter Oaks Lane, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 [Leigh Anne and Frank Ambrose | Compass]