126 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 $1,100,000

Beds/Baths: 5/4.1
Interior Sq. Ft: 3,678
Acreage: 3.09
Age:364 years
MLS#: PADE2056922
Mobile#: 9435
Subdivision: None Available


Steeped in history, the residence at 126 Ridge Road was more than 350 years in the making. The oldest part of the house was built about 1660 as a trading post and retains its original log walls. The latest chapter in the home’s long and storied existence includes solar energy and a charging station for electric vehicles. The property offers nearly two acres of peaceful and private gardens, once part of a land grant from William Penn. Its the 6th oldest encapsulated structure in PA. The serene setting adjoins land that has been preserved by the township. An expansive and ambitious restoration of the house has artfully intertwined the centuries, while adding the comforts and conveniences of modern life. The wood ceiling beams in the cheerful, light-filled living room were salvaged from a barn in nearby Chester County. The fireplace mantel is made from beams rescued from the famed Tatnall & Lea Superfine-grade Flour Mill built in Wilmington in 1740. The vintage mirror above the mantel came from a speakeasy in Chelsea (Manhattan). The kitchen in the main part of the house is open to a casual dining area with wide-plank tongue-in-groove wood flooring. White-washed cypress panels open to reveal a pantry and a coat closet. The primary bedroom features hand-hewn beams circa 1660, Civil War era whitewashed logs and an en-suite bathroom next to a circa 1735 den with wood-burning fireplace and chandelier. With its exposed log walls and a ceiling lofted to two stories revealing the stone interior of the upper level, the den also could serve as a back-in-time dining room. A sunporch is a picturesque work-from-home space with an exterior entrance. A large, well-appointed lower-level apartment with three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, sun porch and covered porch is perfect for multi-generational living, AuPair suite, or in-law suite to enjoy a country setting with easy accessibility to Wilmington, a 15-minute drive to the south, and multiple tourist attractions within 20 minutes. Philadelphia International Airport is a 25-minute drive. Hidden behind the original blue 19th-century siding of the eaves is another bedroom with fireplace, TV, lots of closet space, mini bar, and bathroom with a combo washer/dryer. In all, the house has three laundry rooms. Outdoors, a series of nine interconnected terraces, three with fountains, are shaded by towering poplar and sweet gum trees. A nine-hole mini golf course, designed by a pro for practicing chipping, wends through the property behind deer fencing. The English-style perennial garden is low maintenance and ensures a profusion of flowers from spring through fall. Oversized chess pieces are stationed on an intimate patio that has a removable chess board and is adjacent to one of three garden-tool storage sheds. A secret garden, accessed through a paneled door, offers a place to nap in a hammock and leads to a mediation garden. Dry-stack stone walls create space to park up to 20 cars. An outdoor stage is topped with a living succulent roof. A firepit extends the seasons for entertaining. An extra-large two-car garage provides storage, as well as expanded opportunities for wide-scale entertaining.

Taxes: $9,002
Home Assoc: No
Condo Assoc: No
Buyer Agency Comp*: 2.5 % Of Gross
Garage: Y
Basement: Y
Pool: No Pool
School Dist: Unionville-Chadds Ford
*The listing broker's offer of compensation is made only to participants of BrightMLS


Baseboard - Electric Heating, Forced Air Heating, Heat Pump - Electric BackUp, Radiant Heating, Solar - Active Heating, Electric, Central A/C, Window Unit(s) Cooling, Ductless/Mini-Split, Electric, Hot Water - Electric, Well Water, Public Sewer, Lower Floor Laundry, Main Floor Laundry, Upper Floor Laundry

Attached Garage, Driveway, Garage Door Opener, Inside Access, Oversized, Electric Vehicle Charging Station(s), Attached Garage Spaces #: 2;

2nd Kitchen, Breakfast Area, Built-Ins, Carpet, Cedar Closet(s), Ceiling Fan(s), Dining Area, Daylight, Full Basement, Fully Finished Basement, Walkout Level Basement, Gas/Propane Fireplace, Wood Fireplace, Electric Fireplace

Block Foundation, Stone Foundation, HardiPlank Type, Stucco Exterior, Patio(s), BBQ Grill, Extensive Hardscape, Exterior Lighting, Sport Court, Stone Retaining Walls, Gutter System

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Public Elementary (12 schools)

School District Grades Place Distance
Concord Elementary School Garnet Valley School District K–2 Glen Mills 1.96 mi
Garnet Valley Elementary School Garnet Valley School District 3–5 Glen Mills 2.1 mi
Chadds Ford Elementary School Unionville-Chadds Ford School District K–5 Chadds Ford 2.55 mi
Bush (Charles W.) Pre-School Brandywine School District Preschool Wilmington 3.41 mi
Hanby Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 3.41 mi
Bethel Springs Elementary School Garnet Valley School District K–5 Garnet Valley 3.81 mi
Lancashire Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 4.27 mi
Hillendale Elementary School Unionville-Chadds Ford School District K–5 Chadds Ford 4.53 mi
Pocopson Elementary School Unionville-Chadds Ford School District K–5 West Chester 4.72 mi
Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School West Chester Area School District K–5 West Chester 4.74 mi
Forwood Elementary School Brandywine School District K–5 Wilmington 4.83 mi
Sarah W Starkweather Elementary School West Chester Area School District K–5 West Chester 4.95 mi

Public Middle (3 schools)

School District Grades Place Distance
Garnet Valley Middle School Garnet Valley School District 6–8 Glen Mills 2.08 mi
Springer Middle School Brandywine School District 6–8 Wilmington 4.29 mi
Stetson Middle School West Chester Area School District 6–8 West Chester 4.74 mi

Public High (3 schools)

School District Grades Place Distance
Garnet Valley High School Garnet Valley School District 9–12 Glen Mills 2.66 mi
Concord High School Brandywine School District 9–12 Wilmington 2.85 mi
Brandywine High School Brandywine School District 9–12 Wilmington 4.81 mi

Private (16 schools)

School Grades Place Distance
St Cornelius School Roman Catholic Preschool–K Chadds Ford 0.35 mi
Goddard School Nonsectarian Preschool–K Chadds Ford 0.78 mi
Kindercare Learning Centers Nonsectarian Preschool–K Glen Mills 1.82 mi
Children's House Montessori Nonsectarian Preschool–K Wilmington 2.88 mi
The Pilot School Nonsectarian Ungraded Wilmington 3.22 mi
Aardvark Child Care & Learning Center Nonsectarian Preschool–K Glen Mills 3.24 mi
Kindercare Learning Center Nonsectarian Preschool–K West Chester 3.73 mi
Albert Einstein Academy Jewish K–5 Wilmington 3.77 mi
Brandywine Valley Christian Presch Baptist Preschool–K Wilmington 4.08 mi
Concord Christian Academy Baptist Preschool–12 Wilmington 4.49 mi
Centerville Layton School Nonsectarian K–12 Wilmington 4.52 mi
St Thomas The Apostle School Roman Catholic Preschool–8 Glen Mills 4.55 mi
St Maximilian Kolbe Parish School Roman Catholic Preschool–8 West Chester 4.68 mi
St Mary Magdalen School Roman Catholic Preschool–8 Wilmington 4.91 mi
The Concept School Nonsectarian 8–12 West Chester 4.94 mi
Kindercare Learning Center Nonsectarian K Upper Chichester 4.96 mi

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This report is a detailed community overview for Chadds Ford (19317), Pennsylvania.

Community Quick Facts

  • Average travel time to work for people in this community: 32
  • Average salary of people in this community: $103,101

Community Summary

  • Population Density (ppl / mile): 468
  • Household Size (ppl): 2.67
  • Households w/ Children: 58%

Housing Inventory

  • Owned: 2,926 (76.9%)
  • Rented: 809 (21.3%)
  • Vacant: 69 (1.8%)
  • Total: 3,804

Population Demographics

The population of the community broken down by age group. The numbers at the top of each bar indicate the number of people in the age bracket below.

Total: 9,968
Households: 3,735
Median Age: 45.10

Climate and Weather

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July, and is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability. The Weather Risk Index indicates the calculated risk of each type of weather event occurring in the future. This risk is based on historical localized storm events and weather patterns. The national average for each type of weather event equals a score of 100, so a score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk of the national average.



Highest Level of Education Attained

  • Less than 9th Grade: 1.4%
  • Some High School: 2.4%
  • High School Graduate: 14.9%
  • Some College: 10.3%
  • Associate Degree: 6.6%
  • Bachelor's Degree: 31.7%
  • Graduate Degree: 32.7%

Income by dollar range

Median Income: $125,938

Fair Market Rents

The Fair Market Rents show average gross rent estimates based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • One Bedroom: $1,438
  • Two Bedroom: $1,694
  • Three Bedroom: $2,045

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Listing data as of 4/21/2024.

126 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

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