326 Sprague Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred
Midcentury Modern homes come in two basic varieties: homes that stand in defiance of their environment and homes that embrace their environment. This home is firmly in the latter camp — so much so, in fact, that it looks like it grew out of its hillside lot in Penn Valley instead of being built on it.
Designed by architect Robert McElroy in 1965, this home features several trademarks of his signature style: gently peaked roofs that form vaulted ceilings inside, exposed beams, a wraparound deck, and walls of glass that let in abundant natural light.
What’s so mesmerizing about this particular home is its easy flow from room to room. The main living spaces extend naturally from the skylit living room just behind the main entrance. The open floor plan contributes to this sense of an airy home and makes effective use of every square foot of space. Read more »
1600 Hagys Ford Rd., Unit 3M, Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | Images from owner via Zillow
Ladies and gentlemen, get your mortgage financing lined up now if living in one of the Main Line’s loveliest residential communities is on your wish list, for it’s a good bet that by the time you read this, this fairly roomy, very sunny, up-to-date condominium in Penn Valley will have gotten multiple offers for its owner, who is handling its sale directly.
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It’s been approximately one year, give or take a week or so, since this mid-century modern classic in Penn Valley caught our eye. Designed circa 1958 by Arthur L. Miller, the architect owned the picturesque house for several years until selling it to Trevor and Issa Dixon, its latest owners, some eight years ago. The Dixons were enamored with it.
“It’s my dream house, and I feel like you only have one,” Issa told Philly.com last December, shortly after she and Trevor had listed their home on the market for $925,000. Cloistered on a scenic wooded plot that’s less than three acres, the house is quite a find. For one, Miller used on-site materials to design several of the home’s interior and exterior features:
Miller quarried stone on the land to use on the exterior, and used oak trees from the property for the floors inside.
“I had never seen anything like that stone and the way that it is laid,” Issa said. “It’s just immaculate.”
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Would you classify this Lower Merion residence as a mid-century modern? It certainly has that airy, light-generous roominess those types of buildings are known to have. No kidding, the home, built sometime in the 1950s, offers over 4,100 square feet and has high ceilings and a plethora of windows, which to us seems like the perfect place to host large gatherings.
Outdoor features include a back covered porch, a swimming pool one can see from the wall of windows in the lower level, and a pergola-covered terrace off the dining room and kitchen, where a breakfast area has bonus sitting room thanks to the 16-foot granite and stainless steel island. Kitchen amenities consist of a SubZero fridge, three sinks, a wine cooler, and a 6 burner Garland commercial range. A loft area can be found upstairs, while the family room, exercise area, and additional rooms are on the lower level.
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Wrapped up in over three acres of fresh specimen trees, this scenic Walter Durham creation gives the impression of being a secluded retreat despite its proximity to Gladwyne, Narberth, and Haverford. (It’s also within five minutes to I-76.) Among its choice traits, the garden-engulfed home has a library with walk-in fireplace, brick terraces with awning, pool, and a four-stall barn with additional parking.
Inside, the property offers a granite island kitchen, stocked with several stainless steel appliances, that connects to a butler’s pantry, breakfast room, first floor laundry, and mudroom.The nearby great room, meanwhile, has a wet bar, fireplace and tray ceiling. From here, there’s access to the master bedroom via a curving staircase. Said suite includes a fireplace, his and her walk-in closets, dressing area, and balcony overlooking the grounds.
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Where to begin? This house is distinctively outfitted to say the least (hint: see the gallery to catch a glimpse of faux stone walls, pillars, tiger print rug, etc.), but I suppose what caught our eye first was the smiling pig standing in welcome at the entrance.
From the kitchen there’s access to the dining, family, breakfast, and great rooms. This latter area has marble and limestone floors, high beamed ceilings. and sliding pocket doors that lead out to the swimming pool. It’s capable of seating up to 60 guests.
Then there’s the master suite, which opens onto a deck and outdoor pool area and has a his-and-her bathroom that includes a massage area, plus a separate spa room with heated stone floor, “Endless pool”, and what looks to be a sky muraled ceiling. Other bedrooms and a family room are in the lower level, which has an entry to the tennis court.
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Exterior of 825 Chauncey Road, Penn Valley, PA
Known for his precise hand at recreating and restoring historical buildings, architect R. Brognard Okie was commissioned to refurbish the Betsy Ross House in 1937. Three years later, the Colonial-Revivalist directed the design of this Penn Valley farmhouse on a little over two acres of land.
Singular features include iron hinges, wide-planked floors, and three “extraordinary” fireplaces. One room has a mural depicting sailing ships and rolling hills.
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Exterior of 1103 Montgomery Avenue, PA, Penn Valley, PA
Busy streets versus nature’s finest? With a Walk Score of 65, this Penn Valley home could offer a happy middle point. It’s within walking distance of Narberth trains and restaurants, but set back from the road to maintain privacy.
The house has minor historic standing. Architect Frederic Warner — who was a short-lived partner in Wallace & Warner — designed the home in 1923 for personal use. Not to worry, though. The current owners updated and maintained the house. Maybe that’s why the Colonial-Tudor, built out of stone from Rock Hill Quarry, still looks pristine.
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This three-story colonial may be made of stone, but both outside and inside of the house, it’s all about wood. First, the outdoors: In the front, the home has a landscaped lawn and slate path. But around the home, trees grow wonderfully tall, making the enclosed patio seem like a tent pitched in the middle of the woods. Truly the best of both worlds.
Indoors, there are bright hardwood floors, white wood built-ins, molding aplenty, a wood-grain refrigerator facade, and a wooden jewel box of a room that elevates wood paneling (if you can even call it that) to an art form.
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Philly teen heartthrob Bobby Rydell’s Penn Valley house is for sale. It went on the market a little more than a month ago (on the same day one of Bruce Toll’s area homes went on sale) and was described as “an entertainer’s dream,” though Rydell’s name wasn’t mentioned. Redfin’s local agent Blakely Minton quickly took a tour of the property–something the website’s agents do to personalize their listings–and had this to say about it:
House is up on the hill with a small, flat backyard area. The home is dated and needs some cosmetic upgrades, but has nice space. The finished basement is a Philly sports lover’s dream with lots of space for fun.
In the listing, that basement is described as a “rec room and music room.” Hey, got a little all-American teen idol in your soul? Or, perhaps more accurately given the decor, a Philly sports fan?
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