Main Line Monday: Back to Merrie Olde England in Wayne
Trying to find a place on the Main Line? Perhaps you’d rather pick a style that dates further back than the familiar Colonial era we know so well. Try 16th-century England and there’s a chance you’ll fall deeply in love with this quirky, charming Tudor-style home in Radnor.
A steeply pitched roof, embellished front porch, decorative splashes of brick and the faintest impression of half-timber framing are what make the curb appeal hard to forget. The entryway leads to an illuminated main living room that features a charming fireplace you’ll love curling up in front of during cold winters.
Dinner with a view, anyone? A spacious dining room nearby boasts plenty of natural light, thanks to a large set of French doors leading to the rear terrace. A separate family room features a casual space for gathering around the TV for cozy nights indoors, or provides space for a den. A study, which can also be used as a fifth bedroom for guests, and a powder room create more space for comfortable living.
The real gem, however, is the majorly renovated kitchen. A soaring vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams from the former Germantown Library add an element of historical charm, accentuated by a glass cupola and radiant heat tile floors. The spacious island in the center offers breakfast bar seating. It is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee–surrounded by white cabinetry and admiring the greenery out in the year yard through a wall of windows. Through an arched doorway the kitchen opens to a beautiful sunroom with views of the yard, which can be used as a breakfast room or quiet study.
The master bedroom upstairs is arguably overshadowed by a renovated and expanded master bathroom. Features like a large shower with a frameless glass enclosure, marble floors and countertops, double vanity, and beadboard wainscoting make the master bath a personal spa retreat.
While the basement is unfinished, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring out your inner designer self and create a customized space of your own.
Out back, the stone patio outdoors overlooks the beautifully landscaped grounds. This charming Tudor-style home also sits in a highly-sought-after part of Radnor Township; St. Davids Regional Rail station is a short walk away, and it’s also easy to get to the shopping, dining and entertainment in nearby Wayne.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,528
OTHER STUFF: The home features an outdoor storage room that was originally a 1-car garage and bathrooms that have all been recently updated.
531 Hilaire Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087 [Tracy Pulos | BHHS Fox & Roach]