This 1903 English Tudor estate was constructed as a wedding present by Robert W. Downing (Comptroller of the PA Railroad) for his grand-daughter, May Downing.~Ms. Downing married Eugene F. Caldwell Jr. who became a wealthy cotton broker with the firm of George F. McFadden & Bro. Mr. Caldwell travelled the world to sell American cotton products. The family owned the home until 1943 & there have only been 3 other families that have called this place home in its 115-year history! Situated on a 2 acre parcel, this estate retains all the architectural integrity of its half-timbered, stone & stucco exterior, while significantly upgraded for modern living. Behind a tall privacy wall, one enters the gates into a lushly landscaped oasis. The drive wraps around the rear to the 3-car garage or to the circular entry courtyard. The current Owners spared no expense to create an island-inspired resort in their back yard! There are multiple patios for entertaining, lounging & sunbathing. One section is a large hot tub area.~There is a tanning ledge on one end of the pool & a shallow end for younger swimmers.~A hidden grotto is tucked under one of the two waterfalls! There is a full entertainment area with swim-up barstools! Within this space, there is a full BBQ & sink. There is a sitting area & a full changing room with a toilet, shower & sink.~Atop the outdoor entertainment area is a custom Bear statue where the 2nd waterfall cascades over the bar area.~As if that's not enough, there is extensive lighting & fountains that makes for magical displays at night, all from the controls of an App on your iPhone/iPad! The home provides nearly 6,000 SF of gracious living space. You enter into a large foyer with a coffered ceiling. There are 4 gas-fired fireplaces throughout the home. A large sunroom was added off the living room (with a 2nd hot tub) overlooking the pool complex. The dining room, family room, kitchen & breakfast area all open to each other. The original pantry is tucked into the rear wing. The rear staircase accesses the fully finished, Tuscan-inspired basement entertainment area or the 2nd floor. An entire apartment (for an au-paire or visiting guests) includes a 2nd kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, full bath & another room on the 3rd floor. The main house offers 6 bedrooms, 4 full & 2 half baths & several large storage rooms & closets on the 3rd floor. The property is located next door to Wallingford Elementary & just 3 blocks to the Wallingford SEPTA station.
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