StatusACTIVE UNDER CONTRACT
Property Sub TypeDetached
One of a kind, updated historic home, in Charlestown Township and award-winning Great Valley School District, this property is part of the original village of Charlestown. The Forge is speculated to date back to 1780. The original home was built in 1813, which was replaced with the current 3 story, Federal style home in 1867. William & Phebe Howard had the current home designed and built. Phebe had grown up on the neighboring property, later known as Swiss Pines. William was an established and renowned blacksmith. They raised a family of NINE children in this home! So much history to this well-loved home, and after almost a quarter century of stewardship, it is ready to begin its next chapter. Current owners have painstakingly updated and added on to the home, in a way to maintain its character. As you enter the property, the Forge will be at the road, on your right. Walk the stone path to the stately entrance of the main home, with 2 front doors. One enters the Dining Room and the mainly used door enters the formal Living Room. Both with high ceilings, deep windowsills, and hardwood floors. Living Room has the original hardwood floors and wood burning fireplace. To the left of the Living Room, you’ll enter an addition by the current owners to add a sizable Kitchen and Great Room. Both have oversized tile flooring. Kitchen is fully appointed with all the modern requirements, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and enormous island that seats 8. Kitchen is open to the Great Room, with cathedral ceilings, exposed beams and stone surrounded wood burning fireplace. The addition also added on space for laundry and pantry off the kitchen, and a long Sunroom that connects to what was the prior kitchen. That kitchen was converted into a First Floor Bedroom, which could also be utilized as office space. The original Powder Room was converted into a Full Bathroom, providing a great space for visiting guests. Gorgeous stone patio was built off the back of the home, perfect for entertaining. Head up the 2nd floor and you’ll find a large room, with fireplace, used by the current owners as a Library. Owners’ Suite is also located on the 2nd floor. With ample, built-in closet space, window seat and updated attached Bathroom. Bathroom has large shower, with seat, frameless glass and soaking tub. Head up to the 3rd floor, you will find plenty of head room for the 2-3 bedrooms and full bath. 1 bedroom has an attached room, which could be used as a small 5th bedroom, playroom or flex space. Head outside to the bucolic gardens and creek with waterfall. Room for chickens, goats and other small farm animals. Cross the bridge to the wheelwright shop, which was converted into 1 BD/1BA guesthouse, with its own electric and driveway. Don’t forget the Forge, at the front of the property, which would make great office or entertaining space. This property to too difficult to describe with just words and photos. It is a property to be experienced.