Farmhouse Friday: What’s Past Is Present in Villanova

The suburbs grew up around this 1890 farmhouse, which has been updated with all of the latest in style and creature comforts.

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you’re one of those people who’s looking to live “the country life” but don’t want the remoteness that comes with it, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

This lovely stone home in Villanova dates to 1890, when it really was part of a working farm. Development now surrounds it. and it’s been completely updated with modern fixtures and features, but it’s still loaded with classic farmhouse charm.

The built-in shelves, wainscotting, crown moldings, hardwood floors, fireplaces and hidden cabinets you’ll find throughout this house are all original and lovingly maintained. Joining these details are newer details like French doors, skylights, recessed lighting, and modern bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

The kitchen is thoroughly up to date, with the latest appliances, yet still rustic thanks to updated country cabinetry and a vintage breakfast table. Workspaces feature glazed-brick tile walls and backsplashes for a distinctive touch.

The living and dining rooms retain all their Colonial charm, with fireplaces and built-ins, while the family room is a more modern classic with its vaulted, skylit beam ceiling and large windows overlooking the courtyard.

The first floor includes a bedroom suite with tile bath that can function as an in-law suite or second master bedroom. Upstairs, there’s a spacious master bedroom with built-ins, a tile bathroom with marble-top vanity, three more bedrooms with different distinctive touches in each one, and a large walk-in hall closet designed by California Closets.

The back yard is designed for entertaining, with a two-level landscaped stone patio, crushed-rock terrace and large lawn.

This home is also conveniently located just a short drive from the Blue Route, shopping and dining in St. Davids and Wayne, and SEPTA Regional Rail trains into the city.




SALE PRICE: $700,000

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Kathi Gubernick | BHHS Fox & Roach]