Jawdropper of the Week: A Feat of Artistry in Gladwyne
When you live in a place like Philadelphia, there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience art. Whether they’re creations made by local artists or pieces in world-renowned collections, it’s hard not to fall in love with the scene.
In a true demonstration of artistry and architectural wizardry, The Estate at Maple Hill is a fitting match for those who’d like to bring the gallery-tour experience to their homes. Imagine: what if your own home was a work of art? Architect Peter Zimmerman’s unique creation, brought to vivid life by Cherokee Construction, combines Gothic Revival on the outside with a blend of French-inspired classicism, the modern and the Moderne on the inside.
Completed in 2009 and sitting on 32 acres of stately, beautifully landscaped grounds, this estate boasts a full stone exterior with limestone accents, a graduated multi-colored slate roof and sweeping terraces on three of the home’s exposures. The views are enhanced by a perimeter of mature flowering and evergreen trees, a nature/ATV trail that’s perfect for those sweet morning walks and a rolling wildflower meadow.
Inside, the foyer boasts a beautiful hand-wrought iron staircase with single-slab white marble treads–only the grandest entrance hall to fit an equally stunning home. The decorative plaster work, arched doorways and inlaid stone floors are details that are woven throughout the rest of the rooms, not excluding the polished floor-to-ceiling Art Deco-inspired office, the kitchen boasting of polished woodwork and countertop space, the tiered illuminated onyx bar serving both the formal dining room and the informal step-down family room. Natural light floods the hallways through beautiful French doors and large wall-to-wall windows.
Upstairs, the indulgent master suite with volume sitting, individual walk-in closets, nap room, and large master bath with central soaking tub and seated shower is just one of many elegant rooms. Other features include a professional standard gym, indoor pool with a self-closing seamless glass door, a quality theater room, and a wine cellar with separate tasting room. A guesthouse with additional bedrooms, full bath and generous living room is located atop three of the home’s seven garage bays.
The extravagant grounds are not only for show. The natural topography of the sprawling land has been crafted to suit outdoor living spaces as well. A plateau on the northeastern corner of the property offers the ideal location for the tennis court equipped with lights, while a stone terrace and fire pit offer a chance to indulge in a quiet nature retreat. Whether it’s taking in the beauty of the architecture of the home, enjoying the many feature rooms or basking in the great outdoors, this estate can handle it all.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 8 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 16,528
OTHER STUFF: The Estate at Maple Hill is the newest of the Main Line’s landmark properties.
100 Maple Hill Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035
100 Maple Hill Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 [Blakely Minton | Redfin]