Dating back to the Revolutionary era, the Murray House is a well preserved, notable extant piece of Chester County local history situated in the bucolic & historically significant Nantmeal Village. The 3 acres that make up this property today were once part of a 134-acre parcel granted in 1735 by three of William Penn’s sons. Post-Revolutionary times, the Murray family took ownership of the parcel & the family owned this home, most likely the first store in the village according to historians, for over 153 years. During that time, the Murray family was responsible for the construction of many of the historic resources still found throughout the Village. When the Murray family expanded the original ca. 1760 structure in the late 19th century, they resided on the second floor and ran a cabinet, furniture & clock making business, sold antiques & even operated as the local undertakers. A third addition, the frame portion along the northern & eastern exposures, added in the late 19th century or early 20th century, grew the home into the 2500+ square feet found today. Upon entering the home through the wooden Dutch door, you are welcomed into a gathering room currently utilized as the dining room featuring exposed beams, a large stone fireplace with elongated mantle, oak floors on top of pine, & deep set sills with original windows. Adjoining is a formal living room with a brick fireplace, original oak flooring & built-in cabinetry. Off of the dining room is the beautifully updated kitchen replete with wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, upgraded countertops & subway tile backsplash, a double sink & views of established perennial gardens out every window. The remainder of this floor consists of a laundry & craft room & updated half bath. Utilize one of the two turned staircases to head upstairs to three bedrooms (one w/ walk-up attic access) & all containing closets, original pine flooring, period lighting & hardware. The gorgeous bathroom features a beautiful vanity with double sinks, tub with glass shower surround, tile flooring & recessed lighting. The crown jewel of this level is the hand-painted, floor to ceiling mural of early homes in Nantmeal Village which spans the entire width of the hallway. Downstairs & from the kitchen, you may access the bottom floor, which is a full-daylight level to the outdoors. Here you will find a side entrance from the outdoors into a large mud room which could be utilized in a multitude of ways. Adjoining is a flexible space currently utilized as a play-room & office with a cozy propane stove. Joining this area is the downstairs den; a retreat taking you back to the Colonial era. This large room features hand hewn oak beams, exposed fieldstone walls & a fireplace with a second propane stove & hand hewn mantle. The utility room includes all necessary upgrades for the private well & heating facets as well as storage. Outdoors you will find 3 acres of peace & serenity. A large fenced-in area includes established perennial gardens & mature trees. Stone patios & walkways accented by fieldstone walls invite you to enjoy country living. A small bank barn, garden shed & fully-enclosed two stall run-in provide the opportunity for a small farmette. Even though this home maintains a great deal of historic integrity, all of the electric was rewired in 2002, central air was added eleven years ago and 8 windows at the rear of the home were replaced at the time of the bathroom renovation. A whole home generator is included in the sale for peace of mind. A history lovers dream, those that appreciate the fine craftsmanship of yesteryear & buyers looking to “slow down” in a historic village will fall in love with this property. The next chapter of the Murray House will be written by those who are blessed to call it their new home; make sure its you who authors that story.
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