In the last few years and especially with the onset of the global health crisis, there has been a resurgence of homebuyers moving to the suburbs. The need for more space, privacy, and peace and quiet are the main reasons for the move.
Life outside the urban centers is more relaxed – there is nature to enjoy and a sense of community fostered. In more practical terms, homes tend to be much larger and many communities lie in districts where schools are well rated. But is there an area that ticks all of the boxes above?
Unionville and Chadds Ford, two communities located in the southeastern end of Pennsylvania, embody all that you’re looking for: a tranquil countryside, panoramic views, an excellent school system, and a rich history.
Two historic communities
Unionville lies in Pennsylvania’s southern Chester County, an unincorporated community in East Marlborough Township.
It was originally named Jacksonville because of the prominent Jackson family who lived nearby. John Jackson built a log cabin in 1700, which today is occupied by Catherine’s, a popular local restaurant. Another portion of Jackson’s home was sold to Samuel Entriken who opened the Cross Key Inn. Cross Key Inn provided travelers with food and lodging between the years 1808-1833.
Unionville Village was the center of a flourishing agricultural community from 1759-1900. For the products and services they couldn’t grow or produce on their own, farmers in the area relied on Unionville for supplies. When the village decided to change its name from Jacksonville to Unionville in the early 1800s, schools, churches, and a small library were eventually established.
Some of the structures dating back to Unionville’s early days still stand today and serve as homes for many local residents. Because of its importance as a 19th-century rural village, Unionville was included in the National Register of Historic Places.
About Chadds Ford Township
Chadds Ford Township, just 25 miles west of Philadelphia, lies along the banks of the Brandywine Creek. Rolling hills, sprawling vineyards, and gorgeous natural beauty surround the community. Just four years ago, Chadds Ford changed its name from Birmingham Township to distinguish itself from a municipality with the same name.
The community values its history, preserving important historical buildings, museums, and artifacts. The area in Chadds Ford where the bloody Battle of Brandywine occurred during the American Revolution is now under a preservation plan. Annual events like Chadds Ford Days commemorate the region’s history with a fun colonial festival featuring participants in historical costumes, bluegrass music, house tours, and children’s activities. The town is also home to the famous Wyeth family of artists and their extensive catalogue is on exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Another popular destination in the township is Chaddsford Winery located in a fairy tale-like 17th-century barn between Longwood Gardens and Brandywine River Museum. A hallmark of the community, Chaddsford Winery is regarded as a pioneer in the Pennsylvania wine industry.
Unionville/Chadds Ford is situated close to major routes, including 195 and Route 202, making the community accessible to Philadelphia, Wilmington, DE; Baltimore, MD; and Washington DC. Unionville’s proximity to the airport also makes it a haven for those who need to travel regularly.
With schools becoming a deciding factor in relocating to a new place, homebuyers will be pleased to learn that our community falls under the top-rated Unionville/Chadds Ford School District. From early childhood to high school, UCFSD provides outstanding education and learning experiences. In fact, Unionville schools were among the Top 5 in the state of Pennsylvania recognized for their academic excellence.
Homes for sale in Unionville/Chadds Ford
Unionville Village today is a blend of 18th-century dwellings, 19th-century townhouses, plus many variations of Victorian-style homes. This multi-century collection of homes provides an architectural panorama unique to the community.
Indeed, for a relatively small town, Chadds Ford offers a variety of housing types. Homes for sale range from 1, 2, and 3-bedroom condos. For homebuyers looking for more privacy, Cape Cods and Colonials in a modern estate are available.
According to Best Places, the price of homes in Chadds Ford is slightly higher than average, partly because of home size, aesthetics, and historic value. Spacious 18th and 19th-century homes have been maintained and renovated with modern comforts. The charm of these homes makes them even more desirable to buyers.
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