In a feat of perfect timing, this house overlooking the Merion Golf Course went on the market last month, just ahead of the 2013 US Golf Open. While it’s unlikely someone would purchase a home simply for perfect access to a two-week event, they might indeed make the purchase because the three-story Georgian colonial was designed by famed architect Horace Trumbauer. Additionally, there’s so much odd but lovable fabulousness: the trompe l’oeil bookshelves, the wood-paneled library, the phenomenal wallpaper, the hanging bed, the framed Peyton Manning jersey–oh, wait, that last one is maybe less fabulous.
The home is on almost 3.5 acres with a manicured garden, and it has a sun porch, six fireplaces, a playroom, a pool and a pool house/cottage with a kitchen and bath.
This five-bedroom home has a lot of terrific features. The listing says it’s not a cookie-cutter house, an important distinction with relatively new construction (the home was built six years ago). The shape of some of the rooms is rather unique–the dining room, in particular, curves in unexpected ways. But perhaps the most singular element of the house is not indoors, but outside.
This luxurious and uniquely shaped contemporary home is sending a message for Property’s Main Line Monday: I am here for you, homebuyer, and I want to make your life easier. The 7,800-square-foot main house sits on 3-plus acres, while a separately deeded buildable lot in back comprises 3.45 acres. There’s also a rear deck, a three-bay garage or barn (depending on your proclivities), and a fenced in fruit orchard.