A historic estate situated on land that once belonged to English financier and philosopher William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania in 1681, has been listed for sale by Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate Long & Foster at $2.99 million. Located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Pickering Spring Farm is situated on six picturesque acres that were formerly part of a vast land grant given to Penn by King Charles II. The estate, centered on the five-bedroom, four-bath main residence built of stone and dating back to 1760, is a significant piece of American history. Additions to the property were made in 1850 and again in 1960, transforming it into the luxurious estate it is today.
Key features include an elegant two-story marble foyer with the original staircase and a balcony, original fireplaces in the living room and formal dining room, original hardwood floors, crown moldings, and beamed ceilings. The gourmet kitchen’s original stone hearth now houses the modern range, offset by custom cabinetry and granite counters. The living room opens on to a spacious brick terrace and the in-ground swimming pool surrounded by a slate patio. An impressive master suite with exposed ceiling beams and ornate window moldings is located on the second floor complete with his and her en suite baths and a dressing room. The four additional bedrooms and three full baths are on the second level as well.
A brick walkway from the outdoor terrace leads the way to a gazebo overlooking a 15-acre protected pond and the surrounding grounds with their lush landscaping and historic stone walls. The luxury real estate property also features a large six-stall barn as well as a fenced paddock for horses, a silo, and a detached over-sized garage that can easily be converted to an entertaining space or guest house.