Built in 1771 and extended in 1999, this house has been updated with 21st century amenities while retaining all of its 18th century character.
Back when the middle section of this beautiful colonial stone and timber house was built in 1771, “Brooke Farm” probably didn’t even exist. Or if it was, he wasn’t known by that name.
Whatever the name, this renovated colonial St. Davids house for sale and its barn were undoubtedly the center of the farm. The more than 25 acres of land around this house produced a brick and stick crop in 1999, when three well-known mainline builders – BJ Drueding Builders, Pohlig Builders and Vaughan Building Company – jointly developed the subdivision of 30 units now known as Brooke Farm. During the construction of Brooke Farm, Chip Vaughan remodeled and enlarged this home to make it the traditional but totally modern home you see here.
This oldest house in the subdivision sits on 1.25 of those acres, but it feels like it has more open space than that because the land surrounding Little Darby Creek, which flows down the back of this house, was not disturbed. This means that even though this house is now in the deepest suburbs, it can still be argued that they live in the countryside here.
And the house and barn themselves have been renovated and enlarged to produce a very urban living space full of modern amenities that nonetheless retains all of its 18th century character.
In form, this house is a classic colonial farmhouse with a central hall. Its living room, currently configured as an office, has the wide plank floors characteristic of old farmhouses combined with the moldings and fireplace mantel of a more elegant residence. The deep window sills bear witness to the colonial authenticity of the house.
The same goes for the fireplace in the foyer of the kitchen and the exposed beams on the ceiling of the dining room.
The Vaughan wing added beyond the dining room is of more recent origin but still in keeping with the style of this house. Its ground floor consists of a spacious daily living suite combining a family room, kitchen and breakfast room.
The family room has a fireplace and wet bar, while the kitchen channels the spirit of the original through the rough stone backsplash behind its restaurant-grade stove.
The breakfast room, on the other hand, has the lightness and airiness characteristic of a modern veranda.
Beyond the living room is another addition, the ground floor of which contains an office with built-in shelving. This room was designed to serve as a home office.
Upstairs you will find five bedrooms. The spacious master bedroom sits at the top of the living room and has its same main elements: deep window sills, a fireplace, and a small built-in shelf to the right of the fireplace.
The master bathroom, in addition, has two sinks, a traditional style bathtub and a shower lined with subway tiles.
The other four bedrooms upstairs share two bathrooms. The fifth bedroom, located above the garage, can also serve as a bonus room, den or games room.
The finished basement contains a recreation room and this bespoke wine cellar.
Around this updated Colonial St. Davids home for sale are attractive spaces for relaxation and entertainment. A large side porch off the kitchen wing has a fire pit and room for a grill; a landscaped garden is next to it.
Beyond is the swimming pool and hot tub, which is next to the renovated barn.
The barn contains two large rooms, one on each floor and both with exposed beams. The lower floor serves as a multimedia room; it has a kitchenette and a wet bar.
The upper floor is currently used as a music studio. You can do whatever you want with this room.
Although this home is some distance from downtown Wayne and St. Davids train station, two beautiful open spaces are close at hand. A right turn from Brooke Farm Road onto Brooke Road, then left onto Church Road, brings you to the entrance to Chanticleer, the “pleasure garden” on the grounds of the former Rosengarten estate. Stay on Brooke Road after turning right and you will come across two adjacent Radnor Township parks along Darby-Paoli Road. willows is a 47-acre park surrounding the restored Zantziger Mansion, built in 1910; next door is the 97-acre Skunk Hollow Park, unspoiled land along Little Darby and Darby Creek that once housed mills and now contains nature trails. These trails continue in a third park, Saw Mill Park, south of Skunk Hollow.
All of this means that this updated colonial St. Davids home for sale is perfect for anyone who wants to ‘live in the country’ like they did in the 1700s without doing so.
THE FINE PRINTING
THERMAL: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 5 820
SELLING PRICE: $ 2,950,000
OTHER THINGS: This house is under contract, but the seller is accepting replacement offers.
105 Brooke Farm Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 [Tracy Pulos and Mark Pulos | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]