Tuesday, 31 May 2016 02:30

1845 North Valley Road

Written by  Laurel Anderson

Photo of yard with pool at North Valley Road propertyIn a location chosen centuries ago on North Valley Road, near Yellow Springs Road and Valley Forge Mountain, this property combines the best of historic charm and modern amenities. With southern exposure, this charming stone home offers light-filled space flowing seamlessly from room to room, a perfect setting for family memories created in its comfortable rooms. The current owners have nurtured the gardens for a quarter century and are ready to pass their home on to the next family.

Near six nature preserves and Diamond Rock Hill (named for the glittering mica), the natural beauty of this Tredyffrin location complements the three-story classic stone home, dating back to around 1780. Generations expanded the original residence, building a kitchen wing, laying down random-width wood floors, adding period moldings and more details. Major improvements were completed by Pohlig Builders, and the present owners completely updated kitchen and powder room, installed a new metal roof on the stone garage, and updated the pool and pumping system.

With a great sense of style and architectural consistency, the house grew to a comfortable size of six bedrooms and three-plus baths. Picturesque stone accessory buildings include a garden cottage and springhouse with brick floor—perfect for a wine cellar. The secluded pool has a stone-walled patio, with other flagstone terraces surrounding the home shaded by mature specimen trees.


Main House

Drive through stately chestnut trees lining North Valley Road to a curving driveway, past carriage-lamp-topped stone pillars. Walk down a brick path past a majestic sycamore set in perennial gardens, as you approach the bluestone patio and the sight and sounds of an outdoor fountain.

A spacious reception room, with warm random-width hardwood floors, greets you. This transitional space, with convenient powder room and ample closet, leads to the main ground floor rooms.

An elegant formal living room is enhanced by large windows on three sides, with deep sills found in homes with thick stone walls, and providing sunlight throughout the day. Period details—crown moldings, chair rails, antique hardware, built-in shelves and cabinets—accent the carved wood mantle and fireplace. This lovely room is both intimate enough for fireside entertaining and large enough for the grand piano.

The magnificence of a walk-in stone fireplace makes the dining room a perfect place for formal entertaining as well as family celebrations. Combining authentic details (wrought iron cooking arm, brick paver hearth) with an elegant crystal chandelier and always-useful built-in shelves, this room allows for a variety of decorating styles.

Steps away is the renovated kitchen, with sunny eat-in dining space and windows on both ends of the room. Newly added tumbled stone backsplash, quiet/close wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counters make this an efficient work space. Snacks can be passed to the adjacent family room through an opening where an old window was removed.

The family room is graced by the original stone exterior wall, in all its rough-hewn glory and texture. Pella windows on three sides, plus French doors to the patio, provide ample light. (Most other windows have antique glass in divided-light style frames.) It’s possible to stand in the entrance of the family room and look through the kitchen and dining room, all the way to the living room!


The Grounds

But the main view from the family room is outside—to the patio, professionally designed gardens, and on to the walkway to the pool. The thoughtful design, using evergreens and boxwoods, provides privacy to the pool and camouflages it in winter.

Specimen plantings, lush perennial borders and raised garden beds abound. You’ll find a spectacular Southern Magnolia, huge hellebores, spring bulbs and a protected vegetable garden. Six watering hydrants and numerous electrical outlets simplify upkeep and make clear the value placed on the gardens.

Two major structures on the property offer limitless possibilities for new owners. A gigantic stone garage (53’ x 36’) fits seven cars! A full loft space above could be used for more storage, an in-law suite, studio, home office or personal getaway. Similarly, the stone springhouse provides more options. It’s a cool space (literally cool, a real springhouse, with two rooms and brick floor). with windows, multi-levels and several rooms.


Living RoomBack to the House

The highlight of the second floor is the master suite: bedroom, sitting room (with large windows and stone wall), walk-in closets and master bath. Like several other rooms, the master bath retains an original stone wall, this one by the jetted tub, skylight and windows overlooking the pool. A perfect place to soak away worries.

The remainder of this floor includes a convenient second-floor laundry, plus full bath and two bedrooms. More hardwood floors and deep windowsills mix with California closets for the best of old and new.

Offering privacy perfect for teens, au pairs, in-laws or an office, the third floor has three more bedrooms and another full bath. Space under the dormers, beaded board walls and more hardwood floors add character, while built-in closets, shelves and cubbies add function.

Three stone buildings, three patios, and a three-story home. The three words that come to mind are: “I want it!”

With award winning Tredyffrin/Easttown schools, this property is offered at $1,025,000. For more information, contact Missy Schwartz, Fox & Roach/BHHS/ Fine Home & Farm Collection, 610-651-2700; 610-888-3349; www.1845NorthValleyRoad.com.