Friday, 30 January 2015 06:39

Valley Park

Written by  Laurel Anderson

Family-friendly living near Pickering Creek Reservoir

Waverly CircleNot far from the rolling hills of Valley Forge National Historic Park—with its nature trails, bike paths and horse trails—is a secluded enclave of 31 homes arranged along a looped road. That’s where you’ll find 102 Waverly Circle, set in the Valley Park neighborhood of gracious homes blending privacy and a sense of community on the edge of Pickering Creek Reservoir.

In this undeveloped section of Chester County—home to nesting bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, horse stables and golf courses—the Home of the Month is also close to King of Prussia, Great Valley and the Main Line, with easy access to the expressway to Philadelphia. And it offers timeless design from Bentley Builder’s 40 years of experience constructing premier estate-quality homes.

Looking for More Space

Happy in this convenient corner of Chester County, the current owners moved less than two miles eight years ago to Waverly Circle, in search of more space. And they certainly found it—over 5,000 square feet in this 5-bedroom, 3.2-bath, 3-car-garage home, with a full unfinished lower level. Plenty of space for just the two of them, their dog and an amazing orchid collection!

The couple also found more space on their large homesite that abuts the conserved green space of Pickering Creek Reservoir—land that’s free to enjoy without the responsibility of ownership and maintenance. Three outside patios of Pennsylvania bluestone and Techo-Bloc, accented by a pergola and lush landscaping, provide a perfect setting for months of cookouts and outdoor relaxation in the fenced yard with country views.

But now it’s time to downsize, as the couple needs less space and plans another short move.

A Classic Home

A classic center-hall Colonial design, this home mixes the best of traditional style and craftsmanship with modern amenities and conveniences. The layout is familiar, welcoming you into the gracious 11x30-foot foyer, with a stunning main staircase begging to be used for grand entrances and photo backdrops.

You immediately see custom details—arched doorways, crown moldings, chair rails, wainscoting up the stairs and in the dining room. Plus the gleam of red-oak, site-finished wood floors that run throughout most of the first floor.

Anchored by a wood-burning fireplace with custom mantel, the open, airy formal living room is through the archway to the right. To the left is the formal dining room, accented by custom wainscoting.

From the dining room, through the butler’s pantry—with sink, built-ins and wine refrigerator—you come to the 19x18-foot gourmet kitchen. Yes, it’s the heart of the home and an open and welcoming space where everyone at every party will congregate around the huge center island. Meeting every cook’s wish list—granite counter tops, stainless steel top-of-the-line appliances, custom designed cabinets, built-in desk—the kitchen tops the list with gorgeous views out back. Boasting a tray ceiling, the adjacent morning room, with sunset views, is the perfect spot any time of day.

But what makes this home so family-friendly is the two-story 20x17-foot great room. A wall of palladium windows frame the view, a fieldstone fireplace adds warmth, and plush wall-to-wall carpeting helps make this the place where quality time will be shared.

Also enjoying the view of the backyard, the private, in-home office is separated from family life by wood-stained French doors and accented with cherry moldings and details. A powder room is accessible from both the home office and living room.

Rounding out the first floor is a large mudroom with butler’s entry and individual storage cubbies as well as another powder room.

Upper and Lower Levels

Waverly Circle 2One wing of the second floor is reserved for the bright and private master suite. Entered through a 13x11-foot sitting room, the 19x16-foot master bedroom has a tray ceiling, adding a spacious feeling to the already large room. Pass his-and-her walk-in closets on either side on your way to the master bath.

Here, too, are his-and-her amenities on either side—this time vanities and dressing tables—as you head for the view of the reservoir green space. Another set of large windows frames this view over the luxurious, built-in jetted tub. A large glass-door shower and water closet flank the tub.

The remainder of the second floor has four spacious bedrooms, two with en suite baths, the others with hall access baths, plus ample storage and a convenient second-floor laundry room.

On the lower level, new owners can make their mark. Although unfinished, this space has 8-foot headroom, rough plumbing for a powder room, and large windows bringing in natural light. Perfect for a media room, home gym, in-laws or au pair suite—or all three—this space is a blank canvas for the next family to paint their own picture of home.

This meticulously maintained home off Valley Park Road in Phoenixville is offered for $1,279,000. For more information, contact Kimberly Swanson, 484-614-1231; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .