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Brandywine Valley Roubaix

Henry at the Brandywine Valley Roubaix 2019

We were happy to again sponsor the Brandywine Valley Roubaix this past Saturday, April 20th. What a great weekend for being outside! The annual Gravel Grinder / Gran Fondo takes riders through what we call our beautiful home - the scenic country-side and rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, some of the most unspoiled and historic countryside of the Mid-Atlantic. The full ride is 58 miles, mostly on dirt roads, and has 4,000 feet of climbing. Riders and spectators alike had a great time and our very own Stewart Gross was the first finisher!

More about the ride can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/brandywinevalleyroubaix/

Pictures: 1.) Stephen's son, Henry, with his Uncle Stew and fellow riders at the finish line. 2.) Sponsors of the 4th Annual Brandywine Valley Roubaix

Brandywine Valley Roubaix Sponsors 2019

Just Listed: Revolutionary Manor in West Chester

from www.phillymag.com, 
by Sandy Smith, 4/18/2019

Why settle for a Colonial Revival house when you can own the genuine article? Just listed by the Holly Gross Group!

We know from years spent poring over house listings that people hereabouts absolutely love Colonials.

There’s a lot to love about this classic house style: It employs a simple yet efficient layout and offers elegance in its details.

Read more from www.phillymag.com at https://www.phillymag.com/property/2019/04/18/house-for-sale-west-chester-revolutionary-manor/#cECBDj9UjdCPczoY.99 

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View our listing at https://hollygrossgroup.com/index.php/listing-details/?mls=PACT474088.

2018 Numbers are in for Chester County...and it's a busy Spring!!

Click here to view 2018 Market Statistics for Chester County.

This Exceptional Executive Home Is Built For Entertaining

1810 Chestnut Hollow Lane Front

Picture: The exterior of the home and three-car garage are completely constructed of handmade Glen Gerry bricks. 

Not far from West Chester, just north of Northbrook along the Brandywine past many beautiful horse farms, and across from the foundations of the old Glen Hall Covered Bridge, sits Chestnut Hollow Ln – a small and highly sought after executive community in Unionville Chadds-Ford School District.

Located at the end of the cul-de-sac sits 1810 Chestnut Hollow Ln, an exceptionally well constructed custom brick home set on 5.1 park-like acres just 10 minutes from West Chester in desirable Newlin Township, where over 50% of the land is protected open space.

The home boasts a number of high-end custom features: a Rutt kitchen with Viking appliances and 32 square feet of granite countertops; custom-made cabinets throughout the home; ¾ inch thick American walnut floors in the living and family rooms; a custom designed wooden medallion set into the oak foyer floor; a full sized butler’s pantry with floor to ceiling cabinets and extra refrigerators; a large mudroom, a mostly finished walk-out basement; an amazing French inspired master bath with marble throughout; plenty of storage space including a three-car garage and separate out-building; and a 24 x 47 foot pool and spa. This home has it all!

An exceptional home for entertaining with its large dining room and light-filled sunken living room, this home has seen sit down meals for 50 people and cocktail parties with 75 to 100 people. A magnificent wedding reception was held for 150 people on the attractively landscaped grounds.

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Picture: The light-filled sunken living-room, can accommodate two full separate seating and conversation areas and, in addition, still has room for the baby grand piano. 

The custom made Rutt kitchen of solid cherry 42 inch cabinets, not only has high-end appliances, such as an induction cooktop and Viking refrigerator, but a 4 foot by 8 foot granite countertop. In this eat-in kitchen area, there is a one-of-a-kind custom designed semi circle Glen Gerry brick wood burning fireplace which sets a romantic tone for winter dinners for six in front of this unique fireplace.

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 Just off the L-shaped kitchen is the three season octagonal sun room brings the lush plantings into the room whether in summer or in winter when snow is falling making the grounds look like a winter wonderland.

The family room – the perfect place to cozy down and relax alone with a book or for family movie nights – has 18 feet of custom made bookcases and cabinets and also a 3rd fireplace with a magnificent wooden mantle and surround with a laurel medallion above the mantle. As in the rest of the home, this room has French doors and oversized windows. 

The highlight of the spacious master-suite with its plentiful closet space is the master bathroom, which can only be described as a Ritz Carlton luxury bathroom with its marble floors and walls, separate toilet area, walk-in doorless shower with rain and body shower jets and custom made French-style, floor to ceiling cabinets.

1810 Chestnut Hollow Lane Master Bedroom  1810 Chestnut Hollow Lane View From Master Bed 

Picture: The generous sized master suite has French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the pool and the grounds which makes for a quiet place to watch the deer playing on the lawn in the morning while the owners enjoy a cup of coffee.

 This home has a 50% finished walk out basement.

Paver sidewalks and patios surround the house and lead to a large lap pool and spa which is surrounded by lush plantings. The backyard is level and has plenty of room for summer games with the kids, BBQing with family and entertaining friends.

 1810 Chestnut Hollow Lane Pool Area

 This truly magnificent home is situated in the award winning Unionville Chadds-Ford School District, which is ranked as one of the top 5 school districts in Pennsylvania and one of the top 30 school districts in the country.

The owners have lovingly cared for and constantly updated this home to make it the exquisite light-filled and happy home that has to be toured to truly appreciate all the luxury details that make this home so special.

For more pictures and information, please click here.

House Prices Are Back and BHHS Fox & Roach is on Top!

We can officially say that the housing market has recovered! Prices have returned to pre recession highs, as seen by the FRED graph below.

Also illustrated below, you can see that Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach has 24.4% market share of all residential transactions in Chester County, Year to Date (YTD) 2018.

St Louis Fed Home Price Index 2018 pdf

BHHS Market Share all residential 2018 to May pdf

Smart Home Buying - Holly Shares Her Expertise In County Lines

County Lines Magazine features a great article on Smart Home Buying in their Feburary issue - and Holly shared some of her 

County Lines Smart Home Buying

expertise in it! Some highlights from the article:

Know what you want - and discuss it with your spouse. You should write a list of what you're looking for in a home; your spouse should write one; and then you should write one together. "This will help you decide together which things are wants versus need," Holly explains. 

"When touring a home, it's important to pay attention to your initial feel of the house. The light, the energy and the surroundings are all very powerful."

A good realtor can also help the buyer to visualise themselves in a home that is not presented well. "Your agent will be able to help reconceptualize the space and help you overlook objectionable things", says Holly.

If you are considering to buy a new home or an investment property - or if you're considering selling - get in touch! We would love to assist you! You can find our contact info here, and read more about our people here.