On the Market: “Builder’s Special” Springton Lake Colonial House for Sale – Philadelphia magazine
What makes this house special? The master builder who made it his home when it was built in 1986 has upgraded it significantly.
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Note to readers: The initial version of this story rested on a misreading of the listing copy; the owner of this house bought it from its builder rather than built it himself. We regret the error.
“We build every home as if we are going to move into it ourselves,” says Achristavest Fine Home Builders, one of the most sought-after builders of luxury waterfront houses at the Jersey Shore.
You could say that the reverse happened with this Springton Lake Colonial house for sale: Eustace Mita, Achristavest’s founder, chairman and CEO, moved into this house when it was built in 1986, then brought it up to the standards he sets for the homes he builds now.
Fortunately, he had good material to work with to begin with. His first and so far only home was solidly built using high-quality materials. It looks a little less substantial than the houses Achristavest has built since its founding in 2004, but it doesn’t have to withstand all the things Mother Nature throws at oceanfront and even bayfront houses at the Shore, either. The absence of the ocean and its accompanying storms makes Springton Lake Reservoir’s climate more tranquil through the course of the years.
This house is a handsome Colonial with traditional style and details but a very modern sensibility. And it’s designed for elegant yet easy living and entertaining.
The house’s modern sensibility shows on the outside in its massing and fenestration. In contrast to the formal symmetry of the traditional Colonial, this house stretches out across its not-quite-one-acre lot with a three-wing design that looks even more modern in back than it does in front.
The center wing contains the house’s Wow! spaces. In front, that space is a two-story-high foyer with a curving staircase.
The stairs lead to a bridge over the passageway to the sunken great room. This room’s vaulted ceiling, full-height brick fireplace and gables with fanlight windows should suitably impress your guests when you invite them over for a …….