Have you ever wanted to star in a real life Hallmark movie? Now’s your chance!! The Historic town of Odessa, DE looks like a real life movie set and now one of its most prominent privately held historic homes is on the market for the first time in two generations. Prominently perched on a spacious corner lot this 1840’s home boasts all of the historic charm of yesteryear with the modern amenities of today! Homes like this are rarely for sale and when you see the lifestyle and charm that this prestigious home offers in this quaint little town you will understand why. The Van Dyke House, named after one of the prominent doctors that used to live and work from the home, features three large bedrooms and two and half baths in the main house. There is a formal dining room and a formal living room that exude the historic charm of the 1850’s. It features two parlors. The library parlor room, which used to be the waiting room for the doctor’s patients, is a wonderful spot to end the evening with nightcap and a cozy book. When the weather gets cold you can gather around the wood burning fireplace with family and friends in the formal parlor; relaxing in its warmth and ambiance. The modern kitchen offers expansive counter space, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, and an abundance of cupboards. One of the highlights of the kitchen is the walk-in pantry that will exceed your food storage needs. The “Butler’s Pantry” sits right off the kitchen and offers even more floor to ceiling cabinetry and creates a space for more informal dining. It is a wonderful spot to have coffee in the morning as you gaze out into the breathtaking English-style garden that the owners have curated over the last 20 years. The aroma from the variety of flowers will intoxicate your guests at your next soirée on the secluded brick patio, which sits under a towering 25 foot wall of fuchsia crepe myrtles exploding with color. On the other side of the home you will find an expansive four season porch, that has both glass windows or screens depending on the season, which looks over a second side yard garden. Following the brick path through the garden will bring you to one of this homes most unique and special features…a carriage house! The carriage house has a plethora of possibilities for the modern family and includes a loft style apartment with a full kitchen and bathroom, as well as a fully finished downstairs room that can be used as a garage, office space, yoga or photography studio, or, staying in the history of the home, a doctor’s office. To our knowledge this is the only property on the Historic Main St. that offers another fully-functioning livable unit on the property. If rented this unit could rent for up to $1,500 and may pay for more than half of your mortgage (check with your Realtor for details). The possibilities for this home are endless. At a total of 3,725 sq. ft. (ama) it is $30-$70 per sq. ft. less expensive than comparable homes on the market, so the value you get in this home is immense. It features three kitchens, the one in the main house, the carriage house, and it even offers a kitchenette on the second floor. This home could make wonderful personal residence, which offers the best of home and home office living, or the quintessential bed & breakfast. Come be a part of the unique gem that is Historic Odessa and take your place in this town’s rich history. The Van Dyke House is a one block stroll to the incomparable Cantwell’s Tavern, which offers fantastic food and live music. The Van Dyke home has also been featured in magazines and has been a highlight of the Christmas in Odessa tours. The Historic Odessa Foundation has five properties on Mains St. that are museums and they host various festivals and events throughout the year.
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