600 N. Chester Road

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600 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081

1. front exterior

Set on a generous corner lot just blocks from Swarthmore village, this restored and expanded circa 1900 center hall colonial offers classic charm and every modern comfort. Spacious rooms and elegant finishes meet historic details and cozy nooks, all thoughtfully renovated for organized, easy living.

The curved drive leads past the stone bridge and stream and mini-orchard to the oversized garage with its home office/in-law suite above. Step into the center hall of the main house for a taste of the soft neutral colors and Brazilian teak floors found throughout the first floor. The spacious formal living room boasts a stone fireplace with gas log insert, flanked by doors to the sunroom. This bright space overlooks the grounds, and has a heated floor and a door to the open side patio. Handsome wainscoting adorns the formal dining room, which has plenty of space for entertaining. The enormous kitchen is as much for living as it is for working. Miles of solid cherry cabinets are set on a finished wood floor and topped with durable, glossy granite. Create a culinary masterpiece with the high-performing GE Monogram stainless-steel appliances as your guests keep you company at an island that comfortably seats four. The desk area allows a quiet spot to organize mail and correspondence or snag a quick recipe. Endless cupboards and a huge storage closet keep the whole space effortlessly organized. The family room addition is open to the kitchen and features skylights, built-in cabinetry, and an open mudroom area with a heated floor and a massive closet. French doors with a transom lead to the rear patio and great big back yard. Upstairs, the spacious master suite includes a bedroom with two bright windows, a walk-in closet/dressing room with organizers, and the sumptuous master bath with its skylight, marble floor and surround, glass door shower stall with basket weave marble floor, soaking tub, and a wall of custom cherry cabinetry with a marble top. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bath, as well as a large open laundry area and picturesque home office overlooking the grounds may also be found on the second floor. The third floor offers two large bedrooms with charming window seats as well as a full hall bath and a reading nook on the landing. The lower level has been finished into a second family room with two walls of storage closets and one wall of charming built-ins perfect for books, games and toys. The 2010 full restoration included a new roof and new dual zoned gas heat and Central Air for the main house allowing optimal efficiency and comfort all year long. The two-car garage has a separate entrance to the second-floor apartment, which is comprised of a living room with neutral carpet open to a kitchenette with space for a dishwasher, and a large bedroom with an en suite bath. This flexible space has separate gas heat and hot water, also new in 2010, and could be used for guests, working from home, or even for rental income. Its status as a legal garage-apartment rental in Swarthmore Borough is quite rare. The professionally landscaped outdoor living space takes full advantage of the beautiful, level one-acre lot. Explore the rock-lined stream, mini-orchard and herb garden, sip tea on the side patio, or play in the immense, fully fenced rear yard which is completely in view of the open rear patio with its hard-plumbed gas grill. The entire property is sheltered by an evergreen thuja conifer hedge. The sidewalk leads to all the wonderful things Swarthmore Borough has to offer. The library, shops, restaurants, Inn, and residential rail station are all just blocks from the front door. Take the train to reach downtown Philadelphia in thirty minutes, or drive to Wilmington in that same half an hour. The Philadelphia International Airport is just a fifteen-minute drive away.

2. center hall3. living room4. living room 24.5 side porch5. dining room6. dining room 27. kitchen8. kitchen9. kitchen10. kitchen11. kitchen12. family room13. family room 215. powder rm16. mbr17. mbr 218. mcloset19. master bath19.5 master bath 220. bedroom 221. bedroom 322. hall bath23. laundry24. office25. br 426. br 527. hal bath 3rd28. fin bsmt29. fin bsmt30. in-law suite31. in-law suite bedroom32. in-law suite bath33. stream34. back yard35. patio37. rear exterior38. daytime exterior

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If you would like to be among the first buyers to see this very special home, please have your agent contact me to arrange a private appointment.

If you are not working with an agent, feel free to contact me at carrie@dpwelsh.com.

Bonus Pictures

Enjoy the details….

From the tree swing to the multiple window seats, to the curved window at the third floor landing, 600 N. Chester Road abounds with nooks, crannies, and sweet details to discover. Schedule your private appointment today.

600 N. Chester 1950s2

This photo of the house was kindly provided by a Swarthmore neighbor. It depicts the home in the 1950s…

600 N. Chester 1950s

As you can see, a dam was added to the stream at that time, to create a small pond. Can you find the horse in this picture?