Historic French Norman Home a Rare Find in West Chester

Dan Weckerly

A large family home is a rare sight in the borough of West Chester, a fact that makes this historic French Norman house located just 10 minutes by foot from the center of town quite a find, writes Laurel Anderson for County Lines Magazine.

With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 1920s home, located at 603 North Walnut Street, first hit the market 10 years ago but lingered there due to its state of disrepair. Since then, the owners have restored and updated both the home’s interior and exterior and brought it into the 21st century in an environmentally conscious way by installing geothermal and solar power systems.

The goal was to preserve the historic character and architectural features while upgrading its systems and appearance.

The transformation was so successful that it earned the home a Bricks and Mortar Award from the West Chester Historic Preservation Board five years ago.

One of the best examples of the transformation is in the kitchen. The owners made sure to save the walk-in fireplace and preserve other stone walls, including two massive reclaimed beams. The space now boasts new cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances, along with a unique Tasmanian blackwood breakfast bar.

Read more about the home in County Lines Magazine.