This inspiring Chadds Ford home is beaming with history and awaiting its next storyline. A seamless mix of old and new, this home exudes warmth and characteristic 19th century detail, while simultaneously offering contemporary comforts you will surely appreciate. Highlights include original stone walls, rich random-width hardwood flooring, impressive built-ins, deep-set windowsills, 3 staircases, impressive wainscotting and dentil crown molding, loaded kitchen and renovated baths, and so much more.
Built in 1841 for Samuel Harlan, later owned by Eusebius and Sarah Barnard, noted abolitionist “Stationmaster” on the Underground Railroad and founding members of Longwood Progressive Meeting. The property is documented by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission but not subject to any historical restrictions.
Unlike many farmhouses of the time, this house boasts high ceilings on both floors, enourmous floor to ceiling windows, and wide open rooms. Natural lighting floods into spacious and adjoining living, dining, and breakfast rooms. A beautiful sunroom with wall of windows and coffered ceiling looks out over the parklike property. The contemporary kitchen, elevated to modern standards, features stainless-steel appliances and hood, flamed granite countertops, double stainless-steel sink, garden window, recessed lighting, and convenient back staircase. The hardwood floors, character, and rich details extend upstairs and throughout all 4 bedrooms. The master suite with elegantly updated en-suite bath has a second private sunroom for enjoying mornings and evenings with a tree-top view. A separate bedroom with full en-suite bath sits above the kitchen enjoys privacy and could be a guest bedroom, home office, in-law or au pair suite.
A circular driveway anchored by an enormous Dawn Redwood tree welcomes you to this gorgeous 2.2 acre property. The Dawn Redwood seems to date to the first seedlings brought to the US when the species was first "re-discovered" after having been thought extinct. The gently sloping land with mature trees, established plantings, and brickwork walkway could be a gardener's paradise.
Allow your creative juices to flow; this home is zoned R-2, offering endless possibilities for a bed & breakfast, home-based business, or whatever you are driven to check-off your bucket list. A 180-year-old stone sub-cellar extends two stories underground would make an excellent wine cellar. A 6-bay garage is the perfect accompaniment for any and all projects, crafts, hobbies, or whatever your imagination can dream up.
Within the Kennett Consolidated School District, close to the prominent, trendy, and bustling areas of Greenville and Kennett Square, and conveniently close to everything that Chadds Ford has to offer including renowned restaurants, shopping, nightlife, wineries, cultural attractions, and festivals synonymous with the beautiful Brandywine Valley. This home sits directly on the Kennett Bikeway that connects downtown Wilmington with Longwood Gardens, Kennett Bikeway is part of the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway. Convenient access to airports and AMTRAK makes travel to NYC, and DC a breeze. Be a part of this area's history and enjoy every second creating your own history in this unique and impressive home. This home is being sold AS-IS, and is priced to accommodate improvements. Be sure to view the floorplans and virtual tour, and schedule a showing today!
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