It's really no wonder that Nether Providence, Pennsylvania (aka as Wallingford) was ranked in the Top Ten Places to Live by Money Magazine in 2007. It really is an ideal combination of location, schools, and proximity to all that the area has to offer. Housing is affordable, the schools are great, and it's only twenty minutes from downtown Philadelphia. In addition, although it does not have a downtown, it is immediately adjacent to the thriving county hub of Media.
The real estate market is diverse here - from small condos to large estates. It was also one of the earliest areas to be settled during the founding of our country due to its close proximity to Philadelphia and the Delaware River so you can find a wide variety of homes reflecting the changing years. Early on it was considered a prime industrial area with plenty of water and adjacent to the then bustling commercial hub of Chester. Since those days, it has become a primarily suburban residential area with easy rail and highway access to both Philadelphia and Wilmington.
Today, one of its earlier residential buildings is on the market. Thomas Leiper came to America in 1764 and developed various mills in the narrow valley of Crum Creek. He also built his home and those for his staff and workers in the area. Part of his early plans included the Foreman's house built about 1830. Through the years it has only had three owners and has been used variously as the Foreman's House, a residence, and most recently a gallery. Nick DeLuca with Long & Foster Real Estate currently has the home on the market for $299,800.
Originally listed for over $600K, he notes that the home is full of character and although it is surrounded by residential properties, it is currently zoned as industrial which could allow any future owner a great deal of flexibility for future use as approved by the township. In addition, since it has been expanded with a full gallery/work space on the first level, an owner has tons of flexibility as to how the interior spaces could be used most effectively for home or business.
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The home is truly a great combination of history, modern day conveniences, and space that can lend itself to many imaginative uses for the buyer looking a special home. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.