This home undoubtedly expresses its house owners’ personalities, however not so strongly that you just gained’t be capable of make it your individual.
Lastly, a Major Line home for individuals who hate Major Line homes.
You wouldn’t guess this its exterior, which inserts proper in with the Colonial/Tudor Revival/Cotswold/usually Anglophile (with just a bit French thrown in) aesthetic of a lot of the Major Line.
However because the outdated saying goes, you shouldn’t choose a e-book by its cowl. And also you undoubtedly can’t choose this Villanova conventional Moderne home on the market by the shell containing it.
The explanation why is contained within the phrase I used to explain it. Its house owners, David and Margie Rosenberg, don’t match the Major Line stereotypes to start with. They’re not terribly buttoned down, and neither is the home they constructed to exchange the three-bedroom cottage they purchased on its lot in Villanova. That home appeared like this:
This picture is only one merchandise from the collage of images and drawings that doc the historical past of this home’s development, discovered within the powder room simply off the lobby:
Discover anything uncommon about that powder room? Let’s step out of it into the lobby.
You must undoubtedly decide up by now that there’s nothing in any respect conventional in regards to the within this home, save possibly for its mullioned home windows.
And the second you step into that lobby, your jaw will drop on the integrity and pizzazz of its Streamline Moderne design. (Streamline Moderne is a much less ornate variant of Artwork Deco that many contemplate the precursor of mid-century modernism, and looking out round this home, you must be capable of see why.)
That self-importance within the lobby powder room exhibits the eye to getting the small print proper that the Rosenbergs put into this home, which E..B. Mahoney Builders custom-built for them in 1998.
Or extra importantly, Margie Rosenberg. Says David: “The spouse has a very unimaginable reward for placing issues collectively. We had our designer and we had our architect, however she actually is aware of what she needed, and it was extra of a recent [sensibility].”
His spouse’s contact additionally illuminates the lobby. Margie, David says, is a big fan of elephants after making a number of journeys to South Africa, and she or he acquired the massive mild hanging from the ceiling from Kody Lighting & Shades, now positioned in Berwyn.
And if the lobby and that powder room don’t impress you adequate, stroll by means of the archway beneath the curved predominant staircase into the good room.
Right here you may see how they made modernist design work inside a standard shell. The modern, curvaceous design of the show cabinets, cupboards and stone hearth complement reasonably than distinction with the massive traditionally-styled home windows looking onto the yard.
This form of juxtaposition could be present in each room of this home. And this home has a room for nearly every part you would possibly wish to do.
Off to at least one aspect of the good room, previous the moist bar, sit the kitchen and breakfast room. The kitchen options two granite-topped islands, every with bar seating and a sink. It additionally has loads of storage and pantry house and an eight-burner restaurant-quality vary with double oven.
The breakfast room has partitions of home windows and French doorways that open onto the higher yard patio.
A butler’s pantry with one other sink and dishwasher join the kitchen to the formal eating room, a direct import from the Forties.
Additionally, you will discover a visitor bed room suite and two residence workplaces on the primary ground. One of many workplaces and the visitor bed room have doorways resulting in a lined porch going through the entrance yard subsequent to it.
The opposite residence workplace and the bonus room subsequent to it hook up with a balcony overlooking the yard. This residence workplace contains a second desk along with its desk. This allowed Margie to do her work whereas keeping track of their three kids whereas they did theirs.
Margie additionally had one other workplace, positioned on the second-floor wing that features the children’ bedrooms and has its personal staircase. This one was arrange for her to work on her knitting. This room can also be bed room quantity seven.
Bedrooms six by means of three, additionally on this wing, served the children, and all of them have en-suite baths. One among them functioned as a playroom and has whimsical furnishings in it, together with a really curvy bookcase.
One other uncommon architectural ingredient on this home is a catwalk to nowhere, accessed from a closet within the playroom. It overlooks the good room and has a mesh ground that enables pure mild to filter by means of it from the window in its nook to the kitchen beneath.
The first bed room suite occupies the whole different wing of the second ground. It contains a bed room with excessive gabled ceilings and huge home windows overlooking the yard.
Subsequent to is a sitting room that has a personal balcony doing the identical factor.
Its luxurious lavatory options twin vanities with built-in cupboards flanking them.
It additionally has a travertine walk-in bathe.
Under all that is an indoor-outdoor leisure and exercise advanced that can make your neighbors very jealous. On the within, it features a media lounge with a moist bar and a sport room subsequent to it.
It additionally has a gymnasium, a storage room and two bogs. One among them, a full tub, contains each a bathe and a sauna and might perform as an adjunct to the gymnasium.
The opposite is that this powder room that takes you and your company to the tropics each time anybody makes use of it.
Subsequent to the media lounge and sport room sit the out of doors a part of this basement pleasure palace. It contains a swimming pool, a scorching tub and a cabana that quantities to a digital out of doors condominium.
That cabana has an out of doors kitchen, an out of doors lounge and a powder room. Discover two bushes, string a hammock between them, and there’s your bed room.
Given all this Moderne magnificence, why would the Rosenbergs ever wish to go away it? “It’s an enormous emotional problem,” David admits. “We have now three children, they usually’re now 30 to 26. And it’s simply Margie and I, and it’s an enormous residence. It’s loads to repairs” for simply two folks.
“We love dwelling right here, however we [also] love dwelling within the [development] Leigh Anne is in.” That’s Compass agent Leigh Anne Ambrose, who lives within the Haverford Reserve. Compass agent Kathleen Hartnett, who discovered the home the Rosenbergs plan on shifting to in that neighborhood, is a colleague of Ambrose’s.
Hartnett and James Hocker are additionally advertising and marketing this home. David has a longstanding friendship with Hartnett: “I’ve identified Kathleen longer than I’ve been married,” he says.
Meaning you should have seasoned professionals serving to you must you fall in love with this Villanova conventional Moderne home on the market. I positive did, however this home is properly above my pay grade. If it’s inside yours, what are you ready for? You now have the chance to personal a Major Line authentic: a home that appears completely Major Line on the skin and nothing in any respect prefer it on the within.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 8 full, 3 half
SQUARE FEET: 10,958
SALE PRICE: $3,250,000
OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale worth has been lowered twice, most just lately by $350,000 at present (Aug. fifteenth).
893 Parkes Run Lane, Villanova, PA 19085 [Kathleen Hartnett and James Hocker | Compass]
Up to date Aug. fifteenth, 4:30 p.m., to make clear Leigh Anne Ambrose’s relationship to the house owners and the itemizing agent, appropriate the value and proper references to David Rosenberg.
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