This home may look like one of those traditional, gracious Main Line Colonials that are a dime a dozen in Villanova. But looks can be deceiving, and few Main Line Colonials pull off the magic tricks this one does so beautifully.
Perhaps the first sign that you’re in for a completely different experience is upon entering the forecourt through the estate fence that surrounds the 1.69-acre grounds. Sure, there’s a beautifully manicured courtyard with a fountain, but if you look to your left and right, you’ll notice that the usual back yard amenities are right up front: a brick patio with pergola that makes a great outdoor living room on the left and a swimming pool on the right.
That picture window to the right of the main entrance should be another tipoff that you’re in for something completely different here. Through the double entry doors is a transverse entrance hall extending to the right, past that picture window. Like most everything in this recently renovated home, it offers a mix of the classic and the contemporary: chair rail moldings, stone floor and dark wood doors on the one hand and a bold glass-railed, bamboo-floored staircase with contemporary chandelier on the other.
You’ll find a similar juxtaposition of styles in the kitchen. Featuring white lacquered cabinetry, marble waterfall countertops, an island complete with seating, a white subway tile backsplash and white steel appliances, any chef — or chef-in-the-making —would be lucky to claim this gourmet kitchen.
Venture upstairs to the master suite where you will be equally taken aback by home renovations. Black square-tiled flooring and built-in cabinetry furnish the bedroom. White marble floors and tile, a vanity with double sinks and a frameless walk-in shower fit out the bathroom.
The lower level provides access to the garage and the laundry room as well as the back yard with its rolling slopes. Expansive windows are strewn throughout the home, providing the space with an abundance of natural light.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 5,165
SALE PRICE: $849,000
1214 Valley Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085
1214 Valley Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]