What Goes On In Real Estate And Chester County

We are happy to share with our visitors some interesting information on a regular basis.

10 Interior Ideas That We Love

Aaaah so many interior ideas, so little time... (click the pictures if you wish to see more)

 

1. You had me at "Barn With 25 Feet Fireplace". 

1573 Camp Linden Rd

 

2. Who would not want to do the laundry in this laundry room?

140 Wilson Rd

 

3. Utilizing the (usually) wasted space above the stairs with built-in bookshelves? YES. 

220 Fairview Rd

 

4. "How would you like your eggs in the morning?"

"Cooked in this beautiful kitchen, please." 

334 W. Street Rd8

 

5. The hardware!

 350 S Wawaset

 

6. Aside from utilizing the space well, this bunk bed is just SO. CUTE. 

1375 Chestnut Tree Rd

 

7. The only thing wrong with this is that there should be a bed on the porch so that we could lie down and look at that ceiling all day. 

700 Byrd Rd

 

8. Converted barn with original stone floor and beams? Absolutely. 

609 Cricklewood Rd.4

 

9. This somehow feels so wonderfully Italian. You would just have to cook delicious pasta on this stove. All the time.

839 Sugarsbridge Rd

 

10. This Okie designed Butler's pantry is so beautiful we want to entertain guests there. 

700 Warwick Furnace Rd8

 

 

 

 

Mr. Chester County.

Chester County, PA, with it's unique light and rolling, lush landscape, would not be what it is today if it was not for Mr. George A. "Frolic" Weymouth. Thanks to him and the Brandywine Conservancy, we can enjoy 62,000 acres of protected land in Chester County as well as invaluable art. This article pays a lovely tribute to Frolic and his legacy. 

Frolic Weymouth - photo by Jim Graham

Photo by Jim Graham, who has also written this great article.

Just Another Day In The Office

Our "office" yesterday was the beautiful and historically significant Warwick Furnace. As you can see, preparing a property for listing sometimes includes rolling up your sleeves and mowing the lawn with an Ancient, rusty hand mower.

Warwick Furnace

4th Best County To Live: Chester County, PA

Just came across this Huffington Post article about the Top 10 Best Counties in the US. Chester County is ranked as number 4!

Sure, the article is from 2014 but it is still true - Chester County is an American haven with its beautiful rolling landscape, colonial architecture and friendly people. Add lots of great schools, a world-class equestrian scene and the ability to do a lot of things outdoors (thanks to land preservation and plenty of great natural parks etc) and there you have it. Chester County, PA. A great place to live. 

fairview rd

 

Staging Your Home Is Usually Worthwhile

This New York Times article is quite interesting and regards something that we are noticing more and more when selling a property, namely that staging can make a big difference in successfully selling your home. De-cluttering and cleaning are two obvious things to do before listing a house, but the simple fact is that often, a bigger effort should be made.

Understandably, a lot of people feel reluctant to doing things like re-painting, changing floors, moving around or change furniture, removing art and so on, simply because you have chosen these items because you like them and they are part of your home. And subsequently, your home is part of you. But the thing is, that staging your home - i.e. making it less "you" and instead more impersonal and more generic to appeal to a bigger market - is essentially a marketing tool. Call it "product packaging". It is not supposed to be a presentation or reflection of you and your taste. It is simply a way of presenting a home so that a potential buyer can envision themselves living there without being distracted by the current owner's personality and taste. And although there are never any guarantees, realtors' general perception is that staging will usually help a home sell faster and for a higher price. 

 Before and After

Equestrian Lifestyle For Everyone

Whether you're into horses or not, Point-To-Points are so much fun and a great opportunity to spend a day with an equestrian angle in beautiful countryside. As Spring arrives in the Chester County area, so are the Point-to-Points; starting with the Cheshire Point-to-Point at the end of March. This year, it took place on Easter Sunday and included a very exciting lady side saddle race for the first time. The kids were not disappointed either, as they got to go Easter Egg Hunting in some ruins on the Plantation Field where the races took place. 

On Sunday, April 3rd, the Radnor Hunt sponsors the Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point. Come rain or shine, we will be there and enjoy a fun day for the whole family. 

sidesaddlerace

SideSaddleJimGrahamThe amazing riders in The Inaugural Mrs. Miles Valentine Memorial Side Saddle Race.

Picture borrowed by MiddleburgLife.com 

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