5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend
This week’s Search for a Usable Past turned up one genuine historic landmark, two charming Victorians and an elegant Tudor Revival mansion. Oh, and one home that looks like it’s been around a while but was built in 1994. Take a gander at these and start dreaming about your future:
Bucks County: 2577 Township Rd., Quakertown (above) | 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths, 5,018 square feet, $1,250,000
Open house: Sunday, April 22nd, 1 to 3 p.m.
This may well be the most masterful act of architectural salvage we’ve run across in quite some time: this French country château dates back only to 2001, but on the inside, it looks like it’s been around much longer than that. That’s because of all the old stuff its builder threw into it: cypress French front doors from 1910, the antique chandelier hanging from the foyer’s domed ceiling, the 1860 pine beams and 1820 smoke shelf mantel over the fireplace in the living-dining room, the antique pine stairs and 1910 stained glass window in the main staircase, the vintage 1920 medicine cabinet in the master bathroom, the list goes on. But the commercial-quality kitchen appliances, luxe bathroom showers, and heated pool and spa out back remind you that you haven’t actually gone back to the ancien regime.
2577 Township Rd., Quakertown, Pa. 18951 [Peggy McBride-Dean | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty]
Chester County: 7 Okie Dr., Landenberg | 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 4,280 square feet, $649,900
Open house: Sunday, April 22nd, 1 to 3 p.m.
This home is the textbook definition of a “contemporary classic”: its form and many of its features, like the grand floating staircase in the foyer, are directly descended from the classical and Colonial traditions but executed with an almost Shaker simplicity and freedom from ornamentation. It is, however, modern in its open-plan main floor, its family room with its 30-foot-high ceiling and its many creature comforts. HardieBoard siding on the outside means you won’t have to worry about keeping up this home’s striking appearance either.
7 Okie Dr., Landenberg, Pa. 19350 [Jennifer Idell | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Delaware County: 45 Dream Valley Dr., Newtown Square | 5 beds, 4 full, 3 half baths, 8,500 square feet, $1,899,000
Open house: Sunday, April 22nd, 1 to 4 p.m.
This biggest of our five featured homes this week is a blend of old and new you’re probably familiar with hereabouts: recent construction, modern fixtures, fittings and appliances, open plan layout on the one hand, a mix of Colonial and Old World baroque style on the other. It’s set on a prime lot with a 215-foot shoreline along Springton Lake Reservoir. It’s outfitted for both private relaxation and entertaining on a grand scale, with a full bar in the basement rec room among its amenities in the latter category. And when you’d like to get out, Media’s lively State Street, with its shops, restaurants and festivals, is close at hand.
45 Dream Valley Dr., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 [Maria Doyle | Meghan Chorin Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Montgomery County: 6029 Joshua Rd., Fort Washington | 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 5,500 square feet, $1,675,000
Open house: Sunday, April 22nd, noon to 3 p.m.
This trip back in time to 18th-century rural Pennsylvania has been lovingly maintained and updated where it counts. The classic character of “Meadow House” shines through in many ways, from its five fireplaces — three of them hearth fireplaces, including the unmodified one in the foyer, which was originally the home’s summer kitchen — to the Colonial trim and moldings in the main living spaces to the cast-iron tub in the master bathroom. The bathrooms and the kitchen, however, have all been brought up to 21st-century speed. There’s also an attractive outdoor terrace for summer living. An original barn on the site also reminds you of this home’s farmstead beginnings.
6029 Joshua Rd., Fort Washington, Pa. 19034 [Art Herling | Art Herling Team | Long & Foster Real Estate – Blue Bell]
Philadelphia: 1501 Green St. Apt. 2, Spring Garden | 2 beds, 2 baths, 994 square feet, $313,000
Open house: Sunday, April 22nd, noon to 2 p.m.
The other truly vintage home in this week’s roundup occupies the street floor and basement of the historic Jabez Jenkins home on the eastern edge of Spring Garden (the agent puts this home in Fairmount, which it isn’t quite). The conversion turned it into a compact yet elegant home with Parisian-style ornamental ceilings in the living room and main-floor loft bedroom and a cozy, grotto-like feel down below in the kitchen and master bedroom thanks to the exposed brick arches along one wall. The kitchen has frosted-glass china cabinets and up-to-date appliances, and your own sunken patio is out back behind the bedroom. A stairway leads up from it to the communal garden you share with this building’s other tenants.
1501 Green St., Apt. 2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 [Tammy McMullin | Keller Williams Realty – Center City]