Patti Hurd’s Home in Northern New Castle County, Delaware
Feeling Right at Home: The Hurds had lived in nearly a dozen different homes before they found the perfect fit.
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Patti Hurd moved 12 times in 35 years of marriage—each time her husband, Peter, received a new assignment from the DuPont Co.
Their last move—call it lucky 13—was purely a love match.
“For the very first time, we were moving by choice,” she recalls. “We found the perfect house.”
Over the years, the Hurds had lived, variously, in a newish, semi-detached starter home, a tiny, two-bedroom Tudor, a 150-year-old Ontario cottage, an Arts and Crafts bungalow, a French-style chateau with a sunken living room and more than a half dozen other properties great and small.
The home that won their hearts in 2010 is a two-story brick house nestled in a pastoral pocket in northern New Castle County. Built in the 1970s, it’s traditional, with a twist—a soaring, two-story entry turret topped with a dramatic, circular wood plank ceiling.
“I walked in the door, looked up and it was game over,” Hurd recalls. “Then I went from room to room and there was not a thing I didn’t like.”
In all, the house encompasses 4,600 square feet—and is configured so that the owners can enjoy every inch of it.
“This is the way a house is supposed to work,” she says.
On the first floor, the foyer is large enough to accommodate a dining table for large parties. There’s also a formal dining room, with adjacent
storage closets that provide easy access to china, silver and serving pieces. In addition to a stately living room, there’s a family room with built-in bookcases, a plus for the Hurds, who are unabashed bibliophiles. A large kitchen is open to both a breakfast area and a sunroom, with a vista of a tract populated by deer.
Upstairs, there are abundant closets, a home office and three bedroom suites, each with a connecting bath and anteroom that can be used for multiple purposes. In one suite, the anteroom is interpreted as a dressing room. In another suite, the anteroom accommodates a child’s bed.
“It’s ideal when our son comes to visit with his young family,” Hurd says.
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