IIt was the room with the bay window that sealed the deal for Natalie and Bryce Whittingham when they first entered what they believed to be their forever home.
âThe dining room looks directly out to the woods,â says Bryce. âIt was snowing and the view through the back window was so pretty.
Situated on 1.1 acres in Beaver County, the six bedroom, two bath home at 178 Laurel Drive in Brighton Township had everything they wanted: a perfect location, plenty of room to grow. and lots of outdoor space.
But, due to a job change, the house is now for sale.
âWe had no intention of selling. We just closed on January 15 of this year, âNatalie explains. âWe love this house and it’s really sad for us to leave.
Listed for $ 399,988 (MLS # 1533554, Rita Brimmeier, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, piattsothebysrealty.com), it is open by appointment.
Besides the large lot, one of the first things you notice is the house’s incredible covered side porch. It features a grooved ceiling, dimmable recessed lighting and crisp white handrails. The space was the de facto gathering place for the couple’s extended family, with graduation ceremonies, Independence Day parties and other events held there.
âWe have a wall mounted TV to watch the games,â says Bryce.
To the rear of the house, another long terrace offers more wooded views, including a glimpse of a stream flowing in the distance. The Whittinghams also fenced off the entire back yard.
Inside, things are just as pretty. Built in 1956, the house has been carefully renovated by the previous owners. The original spindle staircase and hardwood floors are still in place.
Anchored by the original stone facade fireplace, the living room flows into the dining room, where there is a farmhouse table that seats 10 people. Soft gray walls, complemented by white crown molding and crown molding, set a calming tone – and the aforementioned picture window floods the space with natural light.
âWe deliberately didn’t install any blinds,â says Bryce. âThere are so many wildlife to watch: beautiful deer, turkeys in the front yard. “
In the generous kitchen, white shaker cabinets are accented with gray granite counters and a natural stone backsplash. A center island easily accommodates four people, and the stainless steel appliance package includes a gas range.
This floor also has three bedrooms. Painted in a trendy green, the master bedroom has plenty of storage space. The nursery is quite large, as is the third bedroom. They are all served by a renovated full bathroom with horizontal tongue-and-groove planks and a pedestal sink. The generously sized shower has new tiles and dual hand shower bath fixtures. Stainless steel rolling shower doors complete the look.
Upstairs, three other large bedrooms have carpeted floors and neutral-colored walls. They are all served by another fully renovated bathroom with seafoam green tiles and a farmhouse sink vanity.
The Whittinghams had many plans for this space.
âWhen we bought this house, we envisioned it as a place where our family could continue to grow,â says Bryce.
With that in mind, the couple completed the basement, which now includes a natural wood accent wall and suspended ceiling. There is room for a large corner sofa, exercise equipment and a children’s play area. There is also a full laundry room and a full bathroom with plumbing.
âWe insulated and soundproofed the entire space,â explains Natalie.
The house is minutes from the historic Beaver shopping district, which is full of everything from family grocery stores and banks to the famous Kretchmar bakery. Holiday lights, events in the square and more make the city a place where people want to put down roots, including the Whittinghams.
âWe were really looking forward to our family growing up there. We couldn’t do it, âsays Bryce. âWhoever buys this house, I think he will want to start a family there as well. It really is a forever home.
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On: Canton of Brighton, Brightontwp.org
Population: 8 790
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Rural, bedroom community. Public transportation via Beaver County Transit Authority.
Schools: Beaver Region School District (basd.k12.pa.us) features a 2019 Blue Ribbon National School (Dutch Ridge Elementary School), as well as athletics, tech, music, the arts, and a school newspaper. The district has five schools serving Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Piece: Located in Beaver County, the neighborhood has a historic business district with significant revitalization underway. To that end, the township is focusing on land preservation as part of its upcoming 10-year plan, as residents want to keep the lush hills and vast green spaces in the area. The community is close to the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport and close to interstate highways, recreation and medical centers.