When Cindy Harkins and her husband found their Kennett Square home in the summer 2013, there were two elements that helped to seal the deal: an open floor plan with first floor master bedroom and nature views in every direction.
"There's an abundance of wildlife to watch," Harkins said.
The property is located on a cul-de-sac and backs up to a Chester County nature conservancy, adding a sense of privacy that Harkins and her husband enjoy.
"The neighborhood is very quiet and serene," she said.
When they moved into the four-bedroom home, the couple had a long list of renovation projects before them.
"We removed the old wallpaper and painted 70 percent of the house," Harkins said.
Outside, they remediated the exterior stucco and power-washed and re-stained the large deck and pergola. Inside, they refinished the oak floors throughout and added designer window coverings.
The gourmet kitchen is also a result of the couple's work. They added a new tile backsplash there and in the adjoining butler's pantry and replaced the light fixtures in the kitchen and the breakfast nook.
The kitchen and family room are Harkins' two favorite rooms in the nearly 7,000 square-foot home.
"They all look out to the wooded preserve behind the house," she said. "And there's a double-sided rock fireplace between the family room and kitchen area."
The home also features a first-floor master suite, which includes two walk-in closets and a spa-like en-suite bath with Jacuzzi. There is also a second-floor master suite with en-suite bath.
The lower level of the home features an exercise room alongside a second family room with a wet bar.
A job relocation has enticed the couple to put the home up for sale. It is currently listed with Cindy Harkins at Long & Foster real estate for $798,000.
Harkins said she thinks the setting will appeal to a variety of buyers. In addition to the direct access to hiking on the nature preserve, she said the neighborhood will be an asset to new owners.
"The neighbors are very friendly and get together once a year for a neighborhood potluck," she said.