On the market: A historic Chester County home restored for a modern lifestyle
Previous owners "preserved the historic charm but brought the amenities into the modern era," the current owner said. She and her husband improved the landscaping and gardens.
As a lifelong equestrian, Ashley Caplan knew she wanted to live in Chester County
"I found myself at home in Chester County and wanted my children to grow up here," she said.
She and husband Blake bought their renovated 1732 stone farmhouse in 2014 after they fell in love with its design and finishes. The property, in Charlestown Township but with a Malvern address, also includes a 1720 carriage home, which also has been fully renovated.
"The home is a unique blend of old and new, with the highest quality finishes," Caplan said.
Previous owners upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms and installed radiant heated floors in 2005. They "preserved the historic charm but brought the amenities into the modern era," she said.
The property now features a two-story master suite with a bedroom fireplace, private sitting room and an en-suite bath with soaking tub and an oversized stall shower. The carriage house is now a one-bedroom apartment.
Prior renovations didn't leave much for the Caplans to work on inside the home.
"During our time in the home, we invested in the landscape architecture and gardens," she said.
Focusing on the exterior elements also gave Caplan an opportunity to spend time in one of her favorite parts of the home.
"We enjoy the pool nearly every day of summer," she said.
The in-ground pool offers views of the landscaped gardens as well as the Pickering Valley below.
"Birds of prey and bald eagles can be spotted," Caplan said. "It offers the most incredible view of sunsets in Chester County."
Caplan said career changes have led to their listing the property for sale. "The next owner will be very enchanted by this magical place," she said. "Just as we are."