September 21, 2023

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Former Schoolhouse in Pennsylvania Makes the Grade With Consumers

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The presents rolled in rapidly for a one-time schoolhouse priced at $398,000 in rural Pennsylvania. And after simply days available on the market, the charming vintage is already pending sale.

“It’s an unbelievable property,” says Stewart Gross, who’s co-listing the property together with his mom, Holly Gross—each with BHHS Fox & Roach West Chester. “A part of it’s the distinctive window construction on the tower and the primary staircase going upstairs.”

Staircase with distinctive window design

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A plaque on the constructing reveals the 1887 date.

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Inside with a chalkboard

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The constructing in Honey Brook, PA, dates again to 1887, when the Potts household constructed it because the Franklin Public Faculty.

The constructing was initially a college for eight completely different grades; then it housed a church and at last turned a personal residence in 1970.

“It actually jumps out at you, and it’s actually dramatic,” Gross says. “That was my first thought [when I first saw it.] It’s a dramatic and a romantic-looking home and may be very charming.”

Coat hook from its faculty days

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The within is 3,352 sq. ft throughout two ranges. The coed-height coat hooks that line sure partitions are considered one of a number of lingering hints on the constructing’s previous.

“The blackboards are nonetheless up there, and the trainer platforms on the entrance proper, under the blackboards, are each nonetheless there,” Gross notes.

The principle entry staircase is a darkish wooden, and he says it reveals indicators of scholar use.

“You possibly can really feel [the home’s] historical past, particularly within the staircase,” Gross observes. “You possibly can see the sample of wear and tear from the place the children would have been taking place the steps. It’s narrower in the direction of the flip. They have been going full pace and hitting this one spot. It’s actually charming, the place you possibly can see the wooden worn there.”


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Dwelling house

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The house’s kitchen is split between two areas on the decrease stage, which additionally has a rest room with a bathtub. The ceilings are excessive on each flooring, and a spiral staircase results in the tower space.

“As a single-family residence, the upstairs could should be reworked—including partitions to have some personal rooms, as a result of it is only one large space,” Gross explains. “I can positively see the primary flooring being reworked, however not too drastically, simply including a much bigger kitchen and a extra purposeful rest room.”

The schoolhouse sits on 1.6 acres, throughout the road from what was as soon as a preferred farm and venue house.

Gross says the schedule for showings was full instantly after the itemizing went dwell, and presents have been made straight away.

“All events are glad,” he says. “A part of what makes this property so charming is the potential with it.”

Rest room

(Brian Castro/ Digital Vista)

Aerial view

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