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A Matamoras Craftsman that will win your heart


MATAMORAS, PA — Pull up to 143 Pond Dr. and experience a true dose of Americana, from its traditional Craftsman lines to its relaxing backyard oasis—elevated to an elegant scale.

The stately home’s exterior is a pretty mix of colors and textures: Twin gardens flank the porch stairs, with grassy flagstones forming a pathway. Stacked stone rises from the ground and embraces the garage corner of the house. Light green siding wraps the home at the midway point and dips back to evelop a roomy, covered, rocking-chair porch. Traditional Craftsman columns rise from the white porch railing to the gabled roofs, which are clad in dark cedar shakes.

The front door has leaded glass, as does a single sidelight. From the foyer, French doors on the left are topped with a transom. They open to a room that’s as flexible as the owner chooses: office, guest room? Playroom or parlor?

Back in the foyer, turn right to enter the dining room. It has a white-oak floor, as does the rest of the main level, and a beautiful, solid-wood-beam coffered ceiling. A transomed doorway leads from there to the kitchen.

White oak trims the windows and doorways in the kitchen, and covers the floor, too. Its warmth is a nice contrast to the gray-and-white granite counters and white cabinetry that covers two walls of the open, airy room as well as a peninsula separating the kitchen from the breakfast area.

An undermount farmhouse sink has twin casement windows with a woodsy view. White subway tile makes up the backsplash, while mosaic tile rises from the gas range up to the stainless-steel vent hood above it. The breakfast area is large and bright with two walls of windows, supplemented by an Edison-bulb pendant light and matching sconces. An upper corner cabinet above the peninsula allows for easy dish access.

Another transomed doorway transitions you into the living room. The cathedral ceiling is crossed with a striking wooden beam. A stacked-stone gas fireplace anchors a corner of the room next to a sliding glass door leading to the back deck. Adjacent to the slider is a window that’s close in size; both are topped with a quartet of windows that follows the triangular peak of the ceiling.

At the other end of the living room is an oak-and-iron staircase and a catwalk with the same railing. But don’t head upstairs yet; instead, make a right out of the living room, before the stairs, and you’ll reach a hallway. To the left is a doorway to a full bath (perfect for use by overnight guests in that flex room!) and access to the two-car garage.

Straight ahead is a laundry room with a stacked washer/dryer, a full set of cabinets, a sink and plenty of room to hang and fold clothing.

To the right is the primary suite. Painted a light clay tone, it’s a soothing room that’s big and comfortable. There’s a ceiling fan for supplemental light and air circulation—the entire house has central air-conditioning, as well as a central vacuum system.

A nook at one end of the room is the perfect size for an armoire, with a window high enough to not be obscured by the tallest highboy. To the right of the nook is a walk-in closet; to the left is an ensuite bath that you’ll probably never want to leave.

Black-and-white tile in a woven pattern lines the radiant-heated floor of the bathroom, as well as the floors of the walk-in corner shower and the water closet.

The shower is a showpiece—it’s huge, with a hand shower on the wall across from a rainfall showerhead. A beautiful, clawfoot tub sits below twin windows that are covered in a translucent, floral film that resembles stained glass.

White subway tile rims the room from the floor to chair-rail height; black, bullnose tile provides an accent around the top of the subway tile and in the shower, too. A pair of charming, chrome-legged, vintage-style sinks each have their own mirror topped with a bright light fixture. Overall, the entire room has old-fashioned-yet-modern spa vibes.

Back at the stairs, head up the oak treads, turn right and make a U-turn onto the catwalk—it overlooks the living room and ends in a nook that’s perfect for a cozy reading chair.

Return to the top of the stairs and turn left for one of three carpeted bedrooms. This one has a pitched ceiling, a double-door closet and a picture window over the bed.

Go down the hall to the next bedroom: There’s an oak landing with two steps down to the same neutral plush carpeting as the other room. This bedroom, too, has a pitched ceiling, but it’s much larger, perfectly equipped for a game room as much as it is a bedroom. The third bedroom up here has a flat ceiling, a double-door closet and big windows overlooking the backyard. The hall bath has a granite-topped vanity, gray walls and a white tub/shower combo with dramatic black fixtures.

The full, unfinished basement is cooled and heated, and has plenty of room for gym equipment or renovation for additional living space. Sliding glass doors lead to a 22-feet-by-40-feet stamped-concrete patio. Part of the patio is covered by the deck above, sheltering a six-person hot tub (purchase of the hot tub is negotiable).

The rest of the patio is a true comfort zone, highlighted by a built-in outdoor fireplace for warmth and ambiance on starry nights.

An 18-foot round, above-ground pool adds to the fun, while around the corner, a retaining wall holds tons of gardening opportunities, including an organic vegetable garden. A Generac generator keeps the power on even when storms hit.

The house measures 4,120 square feet and sits on three-quarters of an acre. Pond View Drive, a private road, has only one entry/exit. An affordable, $350 yearly HOA fee covers road maintenance and snow removal. Plus, shopping and restaurants are just a five-minute drive to either downtown Matamoras or across the Mid-Delaware Bridge to Port Jervis.

143 Pond Dr., Matamoras, PA

4,120 square feet

Bedrooms: 4

Baths: 3

0.72-acre lot

Price: $639,000

Listed by: April J. Lazier, Realty Executives Exceptional, Realtors® Milford

570/296-5800, ext. 1530

Craftsman style


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