Bucolic, romantic, a one and only home of dreams: An 1812 bank barn and carriage house transformed to accommodate the family of the 21st century. Carriages once came into what is now a 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath gem of the lovely 2 1/2 story home. The main barn inspires with its grand heights and soaring stone walls. Below it, where horse stalls once commanded space, there is an amazing workshop. The fully finished heated and cooled 2nd floor of the 2-car garage serves now as up-to-date offices that connect over the porte cochere to the barn. All this on a verdant, landscaped 1.17 acres that used to be part of the historic P.A.B Widener estate. The house: 2 1/2 stories with central air, renovated kitchen and baths, oil heat. 1st floor: glass/screen enclosed unheated porch that serves as a solarium and in warm weather as a delightful spot for meals; Living room with wood-burning stone fireplace with custom carved wood mantel, exposed beamed ceiling, oak floors, deep sills, spectacular mirror on far wall, recessed lights over entry to kitchen; Cook's kitchen, fully renovated in 2009 with radiant heat and absolutely up-to-date today! Brazilian pecan floors, electric double oven (warming oven below), 5-burner stovetop induction cooking, refrigerator in three convenient deep under counter drawers, freezer in one deep drawer, extensive polished granite counters with subway tile backsplash, built-in microwave, abundance of storage cabinetry-some with glass doors and lit inside, most handsome deep copper sink, dishwasher, under counter wine refrigerator; Powder room with awning window; Extra pantry/storage space. 2nd floor: Main bedroom suite including landing with large closet; full bath with luxurious soaking tub and glass enclosed stall shower, ceramic tile floor and walls, towel warmer, handsome sink cabinet, water-saver toilet, radiant heat; Two rooms combined to create one large bedroom that accommodates sitting area, office work space and wall of closets, wall sconces. 3rd floor: Staircase leads to airy bedroom under roofline with plenty of closet/storage, most attractive window bench under span of casement windows overlooking the lawns outside, exposed ceiling beams, wall-mounted flat scree TV included, wall AC/heat; Full bathroom with shower stall, new sink, ceramic tile floor and half wall, delightful pull-out closet for convenient storage. Basement: Full, unfinished but simply sparkling!! It's water-proofed with high ceiling, laundry area with washer/dryer and double utility sink, plenty of space for storage, 200 AMP electric panel with circuit breakers (2009), ECI oil-fired boiler with two zones (house and towel warmer) fully overhauled in fall of 2020, summer/winter 40 gallon hook-up for hot water, above-ground 250 gallon oil tank, central air handler. Connection between house and Barn: one walks from the kitchen, past the powder room and pantry area down a few steps into a functional room that has been finished with ceramic tile floor, deep walk-in closet, access stair to basement with hand crafted Australian lacewood rail, custom split door to driveway. The owners call it the "mud room", but it is so much more with built-in floor-to-ceiling bar cabinet. From the "mud room", one accesses the BARN (unheated) to the ground floor spacious work shop; climb the stairs to the grand inspiring space of the bank barn itself--2nd floor level on one side, ground level on the other where through giant red doors, one can walk right out onto the extensive lawns OR one can walk across the finished bridge of the porte cochere into fully finished, heated and cooled rooms currently used as office work space over the two car garage; unfinished huge attic over the office. Private septic system, public water, external generator, new Pella windows. A property to fall in love with, very private yet close to shops, restaurants, train. Showings begin Saturday, June 19.
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