The Equiunk house combines modernity and tradition

By JANE ANDERSON

EQUINUNK, PA – Looking for a private oasis? This cheerful home is nestled among the trees and is not far from the Delaware River.

Go up a long country lane which is pretty in the summer and just stunning in the fall. Located on a hill above the road, the house is surrounded by mature trees, including red maple and weeping cherry. From the outside, the house is all about tradition: the crisp white siding, the crisp accent of the shutters and the fish scale shingles at its tops are a tribute to its construction circa 1900. Carefully stone walls placed lead you directly to the wraparound porch, where an oval window is just one of the home’s many fine details.

Inside, this window illuminates a tidy entry / cloakroom that hides a utility room behind doors. Upon entry, the house opens to a bright, high-ceilinged space that includes a beautiful kitchen and formal dining area. There is a full bathroom on this level, as well as stairs to a huge basement.

In the kitchen, white cabinetry – tops alternating between solid doors and mullioned glass – contrast with dark Brazilian soapstone countertops. A huge wooden island dominates the kitchen and is perfect for casual dining or food preparation. Beautifully finished, it sports nine spacious drawers that belies its old life: like a store counter in England!

Next to the refrigerator (which is stainless steel just like other appliances) is a door leading out to the porch. This space is large enough for an outdoor sofa, coffee table, and several chairs, as well as a full dining set. Savor al fresco dining or just listen to the crackle of the rain on this fully sheltered outdoor space that almost looks like a treehouse among the foliage.

Back inside, the dining room is bathed in sunlight thanks to three huge transom windows. It will be difficult to stray from the view of the bluestone patio and flower gardens outside, but you will soon be drawn to the staircase in the center of the house. Thin white balusters delicately balance the oak banisters and stair treads. Go up three steps and you have a choice: turn right to continue upstairs or head straight into the living room.

Moving forward. The living room is an incredibly large space – large enough for bookcases, a full-size sofa, a desk area, and a grand piano. As open as it is, it remains a comfortable place to read or be entertained. To the right, columns line a large entrance leading to a sun-drenched solarium. More comfortable seats and tall bookcases invite more bookish readings. A pair of mullioned sliders opens onto a pretty patio with a pergola that just begs for morning glories or grapes.

Most of the home’s two-acre property is in the backyard. The expansive lawns are lined with woodland and are a clean slate for anything the next homeowner wants to plan. The gravel driveway can accommodate half a dozen cars; the house has an attached garage for two cars, as well as a detached garage for two cars at the rear of the property.

Upstairs of the house are four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom measures 18.5 feet by 15.5 feet and has two large closets, as well as a full bathroom with a tub and Palladian window overlooking the tree line. In the hall, a retractable door opens to a full bathroom. Three other bedrooms complete the second level.

The house is perfect for full-time people, on weekends, or as an Airbnb investment. It is close to river recreation, pretty downtown Honesdale or jazz nights at nearby Callicoon. If you fancy a traditional look with all the modern touches, this is it.

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