Buying Here: Daugherty, Beaver County

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It's as if you've wandered back in time to Jane Austen's England. You expect Mr. Darcy to ride up and sweep you off your feet.

This isn't a house for the faint of heart. Built in 1850 by farmer Henry Phillis and his wife Malinda, the red-brick Georgian-style Colonial at 119 Robin Trail, Daugherty, Beaver County (MLS No. 938722), is on the market for $487,000 through Karen Hutman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (724-775-5700 or www.howardhanna.com).

Originally an 80-acre dairy farm, the property was broken into smaller tracts in the 1960s. These 11 acres now include the house, a barn, 7 seven acres of fenced pasture for horses and 3 acres for sheep with buried wired to protect the flock from predators.

"It's a house for all seasons. If you're into horses and animals it's ideal ... if you're into gardening it's wonderful," said Ms. Hutman.

Owner Karen Atkins designed two winners of the Great Gardens Contest sponsored by the Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, one of which is her own. The front garden, a French parterre in the shape of a snaffle bit (a jointed metal bit for a horse), is divided by a long brick walkway. Two tall crabapple trees, covered in soft pink petals in the spring, stand on either side of the front door.

Also on the property is a sheep shed constructed from pieces of the old barn that was torn down to make room for the barn, actually a 60-by-136-foot indoor riding arena, something the owner has wanted since she was 11 years old.

"It's big luxury to be able to ride your horse inside," said Mrs. Atkins. "My kids play baseball in there, too. One of the first words I taught my son was 'indoor arena.' "

To the rear of the house, viewed through the kitchen window, is a chicken coop that's much too fancy to be called that. With French doors, a cupola and artwork adorning its walls, it is a pleasant setting from which to collect eggs laid by heirloom and exotic hens.

The farm also has a swan pond, birds included, and a larger pond, mostly for the benefit of the horses.

There is a cottage garden for growing annuals and vegetables. "I just installed a cutting garden. It's coordinated to go with the paint and wallpaper in the house," said Mrs. Atkins.

Mrs. Atkins and her husband David added the master bedroom suite in 2009. The first-floor suite is a 21- by-16-foot retreat from the world with the master bath featuring onyx flooring, raw brick walls and large shower. Off the bedroom is a large sleeping porch with a bed suspended from the ceiling.

When asked about her interior decor Mrs. Atkins is quick to credit good friend John Hendricks of Chicago. "He's the first one that taught me it's not how it looks, its how you live," said Mrs. Atkins.

This philosophy is evident throughout the five-bedroom house from the warmth of the original wide planked pine floors to the use of color that moves up the walls and onto the ceiling.

The kitchen ceiling features exposed beams and is equipped with a Bosch dishwasher, KitchenAid refrigerator and Maytag double oven gas range. The jewel of the room is the large copper sink with its gooseneck Kohler faucet.

When asked why she bought the house, Mrs. Atkins credits Martha Stewart and a gardening book she wrote years ago.

"She's the reason I bought this house," she said. " It's all about being perfectly balanced, about four rooms above four rooms."

Mechanicals include city water with a separate septic system, hot water gas heating and a newer asphalt shingle roof.

The property is on a cul-de-sac about 45 minutes from the airport and a 15-minute drive to the main street of Cranberry.

Ms. Hutman said the house is "that perfect blend of a bygone era that is so welcoming, like a Norman Rockwell painting."

Mrs. Atkins is not looking forward to leaving the property that bears her stamp: "This is a forever house ... was supposed to leave in a body bag."


SALES SNAPSHOT


ALIQUIPPA


2011

2012

SALES

128

157

MEDIAN PRICE

$24,500

$35,900

HIGHEST PRICE

$165,000

$200,000



AMBRIDGE


2011

2012

SALES

95

108

MEDIAN PRICE

$30,000

$23,792

HIGHEST PRICE

$95,005

$107,000



BADEN


2011

2012

SALES

37

48

MEDIAN PRICE

$80,000

$85,900

HIGHEST PRICE

$160,000

$175,960



CENTER


2011

2012

SALES

113

182

MEDIAN PRICE

$153,500

$163,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$413,000

$470,000



DAUGHERTY


2011

2012

SALES

22

28

MEDIAN PRICE

$80,000

$80,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$280,000

$225,000



ECONOMY


2011

2012

SALES

131

199

MEDIAN PRICE

$170,000

$189,400

HIGHEST PRICE

$445,539

$465,000

EDGEWORTH


2011

2012

SALES

31

41

MEDIAN PRICE

$492,000

$375,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$1,450,000

$2,400,000



HOPEWELL


2011

2012

SALES

165

242

MEDIAN PRICE

$106,000

$108,900

HIGHEST PRICE

$278,000

$499,000



LEET


2011

2012

SALES

15

21

MEDIAN PRICE

$75,000

$132,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$740,000

$520,000



LEETSDALE


2011

2012

SALES

14

17

MEDIAN PRICE

$69,000

$69,000

HIGHEST PRICE

$250,000

$345,000



HARMONY


2011

2012

SALES

38

71

MEDIAN PRICE

$67,200

$74,500

HIGHEST PRICE

$176,000

$170,000



Correction/Clarification: Posted Feb. 20, 2013: In an earlier version in the opening description, Mr. Darcy's last name was misspelled and the wrong characters were mentioned. homes

Lizabeth Gray: lgray@post-gazette.com.


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