Take a drive along leafy Bryn Mawr Avenue, and — were you able to get a glimpse up a private drive and stand of trees — this Norman mansion doesn’t look out of place. It’s impressive, to be sure, but the stone exterior isn’t unusual for the area, and it suggests a traditional interior.
Inside, though, there are some rooms that definitely stand out. Take the kitchen, for instance. The glossy Italian Boffi cabinetry and center island are a deep, blood red, with countertops and backsplash in a gray and white granite. (The appliances are top of the line: Sub-Zero and Gaggenau.)
The breakfast room off the kitchen has a domed skylight and almost floor-to-ceiling glass walls and huge windows — all of which seem to come from a house built by a confirmed modernist.
– a thoroughly modern family room, with wood ceiling, wide-plank wood floors, huge windows, and a curving, wood-topped bar
– a bathroom with floor-to-ceiling wheat-colored tile, some of it in a woven pattern
– master bathroom with imported Buchtal tile, a bidet, and a bathtub beneath a picture window
– an indoor pool (and bathroom and dressing room) under a cathedral ceiling with yellow glass bricks
– a large dressing room, accessible via the Master Suite’s French doors, with mirrored closets
The smaller bedrooms have angled ceilings for a cozy feel, and there’s a wall of built-in drawers.
There are plenty of traditional notes like crown molding, a leaded glass window on the staircase, marble fireplace, and of course the flagstone terrace.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 10,668
• Listing: 941 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Penn Valley, PA