On the market: Chestnut Hill house for $799,900

24 W. Sunset Ave. in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood is on the market for $779,900.

When Sharon Wainright and her husband were looking for a home, she found herself drawn to contemporary amenities. “I was more attracted to modern houses with hot tubs and stylish architecture,” she said.

Her husband had other ideas when he saw a four-bedroom, nearly 3,000-square-foot house in Chestnut Hill.

“My husband had much better sense,” she said. He “saw the value in the excellent architecture and general sound structure of this house and — luckily — prevailed so that we bought this one instead.”

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Renovations included new flooring.

The home had proverbial good bones, but Wainright said various improvement projects were undertaken over the last 28 years. In 1990, when they moved in, they immediately got to work replacing the roof and gutters to put a stop to extensive leaks in the front hallway, she said.

“While we did that, we decided to put in the five skylights on the third-floor area to brighten it and open up the feeling to the room,” she said.

Then followed a new fiberglass awning over the backyard patio in 1993, new flagstone walks, professional landscaping, and a renovated third-floor, en-suite master bedroom with a walk-in closet in 2007, an updated dining room in 2012, a remodeled kitchen in 2013, and new roofing and flooring in 2016 and 2017. This year, Wainright said, she installed red oak flooring on the first floor.

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The owner loves the views from the large windows in the house.

Wainright’s favorite feature in the home is the windows, which provide abundant light and opportunities to bring her garden into the home.

“I love seeing the garden all around the house in any season,” she said.

Now that she has decided to list the house for sale, Wainright said she thinks new owners will appreciate the neighborhood as much as the layout and the light in the home.

“Chestnut Hill is an incredible neighborhood,” she said.

The home is listed with Hannah Cutler at BHHS Fox & Roach for $799,900.

Wainright plans to move to be closer to her family in New England.

“The time is simply right for me,” she said. “This is simply a terrific house, and I am sure my husband would agree with me if he were here that it has improved with age.”

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Additions to the house over time included skylights in the third floor and an en suite bathroom.

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