This home, built in 1951, retains its classic brick Colonial appeal with luxury additions that perfectly blend contemporary aesthetic suited to modern family life.

The original blueprints for 360 Elm Ave., Hershey were mail ordered and dated 1949 from The Standard Home Company of Washington, D.C. These blueprints were slightly amended on Oct. 2, 1950, and the new home was finished in 1951.

The owners of this now 6000-plus-square-feet downtown Hershey home took great care to respect the history of the 1951 original home, including matching the exterior brick addition to the original brick, while also adding space and incorporating many updates that families want today.

The interior has an open concept flow from a foyer with staircase that appears to float thanks to a flowing, open modern sculpture that gives the appearance of an open “water wall” aluminum art wall.

Rooms circulate out from the center staircase.

Wood floors give warmth throughout the entire first, second and third floors, along with original stair banisters, bedroom doors and trim work.

The first floor is loaded with space to entertain, work in the first floor home office in the original enclosed patio, or retreat to one of many cozy private areas for a recharge.

The galley kitchen, a 2011 addition, is a sleek, open contemporary dream with view, that includes a 9-foot Italian Vetrazzo Millefiori (recycled glass) island with storage space, two ovens and built-in microwave.

Light comes streaming into the welcoming kitchen space, located in the heart of the home, thanks for a 16-foot store front window with a waterfall edge, the length of the entire wall, and a 16-foot sliding glass door on the opposite wall that open 8 feet to the 1,000-square-foot stamped concrete patio creating a wide open California-style feel to the kitchen.

The kitchen features a large walk-in pantry that includes an appliance shelf with electrical outlets and room for a second refrigerator.

On the other side of the kitchen is the great room, part of the 2011 addition, with 10-foot ceilings and Regency gas vertical fireplace with heat throwing fans that can also heat the floor under the kitchen.

Steps located off of the great room lead to another 2011 addition, a second basement, that is finished and includes a full bath.

In the words of the homeowners, “As you go up the stairs to the second floor, you contrast the contemporary ‘water wall’ on one side, which is an aluminum art wall created by the owner’s artist friend, with the original banister from 1951.”

“At the top of the stairs, an original arch doorway leads into what was the original master bedroom of the house in 1951.”

“All of the bedrooms in the 1951 structure have the original hardwood floors, plaster walls, and original doors that help remind us of the materials and workmanship from that time period.”

“What was described as the second master bedroom in the home, the third owners added space off the smallest bedroom in the original home creating a sitting room, a bedroom, a full bath, and a walk in closet.”

“But this master has now been replaced by the master suite that was added in 2011. The impressive 19′ hallway leads you into an unexpected huge room with a 10′ ceiling at the highest point and very unique ceiling angles due to varying roof pitches.”

“This room is so unique and spacious and guides you to the large bathroom that boasts two wall hung vanities, a Porcelanosa tiled walk-in shower, and a full height 60″x60″ hot tub.”

“And beyond the bathroom is an equally large walk in closet perfect for the collector of clothes, purses and shoes.”

“We (the homeowners) incorporated contemporary elements in this suite with glass doors and lily pad light fixtures that are softened with the antiques and hardwood floors throughout.”

The third floor attic bedroom is a favorite for kids. It’s a very quiet space that is great for restful night sleep, and it has its own heating and cooling unit.

Outside, the nearly half-acre corner lot offers privacy with a natural “fence” of trees, stamped concrete patio, gas hook-up available for the grill, gas run for a fire pit in the center of the patio, hot and cold water source available, fire pit with limestone seating, and a plant watering system.

The fire pit limestone was repurposed from the property during the digging of the home’s second basement adjacent to the great room.

The homeowners preserved the outdoor basement stairway which leads to a lone shower in the first original basement which was used by the chocolate workers to wash off the cocoa dust before entering the first floor of the home.

The homeowners sum up their experience living in the home: “”This was a superb home and location to raise a busy family. When we planned the rehab/addition to this property, we wanted to respect the age of the original structure so we preserved many of the original details of the home as reminders of it’s history, but we also included several updates that make living and entertaining today easy and enjoyable. The end result couldn’t have turned out any better. We couldn’t have built a nicer home to raise our kids and create so many fond memories for our family.”

Located at 360 Elm Avenue, the home is listed at $1,249,000, by agent Maria Memmi, with Hershey Real Estate Group.

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