On the Market: Haddonfield home for $1,199,000
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After Joan and Jack Lyons’ kids grew up and moved out of their Mullica Hill home, they took a less traditional approach in finding their next residence: they upgraded instead of downsizing.
Ready for a nice change in scenery, the Lyons wanted to be closer to their kids in Camden County, in a lively neighborhood, and nearer to Philadelphia.
While house hunting, they came across a Haddonfield property that fit exactly what they were looking for: a 5,300-square-foot, brick colonial located at 1120 Wyndwood Road.
“The home had more architectural integrity,” Joan Lyons said. “It was a different type of vibe.”
This new vibe is what prompted the Lyons to purchase the Haddonfield home in February 2003, and leave their Gloucester County home of 15 years.
What also excited them, Lyons says, was the opportunity to completely renovate and update the house, as the previous owners had not really done much maintenance or upgrades in the past few decades. Lyons says there was a lot of “flower power” when they first moved in, but she and her husband saw an opportunity to turn it into something great.
“The barebones of the home were really good,” she said. “It was a very well-constructed home.”
So the Lyons did a complete renovation; one that took about nine months. They first lifted up the carpets that had been there since the 1970s, and restored the original hardwood floors from when the home was built in 1950.
The Lyons also removed all of the wallpaper, and replaced it with a faux painting treatment – a technique where a painter hand-paints the walls.
The faux paint can be found in the foyer, kitchen, family room, and master bath. The master bath design was inspired by a trip the Lyons had taken to Tuscany.
“I was inspired by the rolling hills, cypress trees, and farm houses, and I commissioned a local artist to come in and translate that,” she said.
The couple also renovated the kitchen and put in Wolf appliances, finished the basement and added a bar, and enlarged the family room, which has a marble wood-burning fireplace.
They also transformed an outdoor area, adding a garden and a BBQ patio.
Now after a decade of living in the home, the Lyons say it’s time to finally downgrade. Both retired, the couple has homes in Margate and in Florida, where they plan on splitting up their time.
They say they enjoyed Haddonfield, which had more shopping, coffee shops and restaurants nearby than their previous home did, as well as an easy commute to Center City. Plus, the home is right next to the Tavistock Country Club, where they enjoyed dining and golfing with neighbors.
“One of the best things about living here is the neighborhood,” Lyons said. “The neighbors were friendly and welcoming from the first day we moved in.”