When Renée Sackey and her husband, David, moved in together permanently in 1992, they had been married for about seven years.
"We had a commuter marriage for many years, and we decided we were going to live together," Renée said.
David had been living in Baltimore while she was in Upper Dublin. They weren't sure where their house would be, but they knew they had found it when they visited a property in Doylestown.
"When we drove down the driveway of this house, we both looked at each other and said, 'Wow,'" Sackey said. "We just liked the fact that it was like a hidden jewel."
The couple was immediately taken by the sycamore trees lining the long driveway leading to the five-bedroom house. "We were impressed by the surroundings before we even entered the house," she said.
The property is situated on a 9.58 acres, which once belonged to the publisher of the Doylestown newspaper. It includes the original Doylestown ice house, which Sackey said could be an income-producing property for new owners, now that the house is on the market.
"We had a renter there for several years," she said. "It's a perfect place for a studio."
The main house, featuring five bedrooms and six baths, includes many details dating to the original building, Sackey said. Plaster finishes, brass fittings, and leaded windows fill the house. And "there's original Mercer tile throughout the house," she said.
The room with most of the Mercer remnants is now a family space, but it once had a different use.
"There was an indoor swimming pool in a stone room that was embedded with Mercer tile," Sackey said. "We knew we would never use the pool, so we put a floor on it and we converted it to a media room."
In the course of owning the house, the family also gutted the kitchen, remodeled some of the bathrooms, and installed natural gas heat and central air, Sackey said.
"Doylestown is charming," she said. "There's so much there. Plus, you have the convenience of New York and Philadelphia."
She recently decided to list the house with Julie Wurster at Flo Smerconish for $1,495,000.
"My kids are grown and out of the house and it's time for me to move on," Sackey said.