Main Line Monday: A Piece of France in Wayne

With its informal charm and extensive gardens, this French-inspired abode is a striking departure from the usual Main Line fare.

300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

300 Valley Pl., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This French-inspired beauty is giving us an “Ooh la la” moment. With a substantial amount of outdoor and garden space and an informal layout, this home is a gem and a departure from the usual Main Line fare.

The enchantment begins at curbside, where the home is fronted by a landscaped garden laced with pea gravel paths and surrounded by a charming picket fence with arbor gate; a flagstone walkway leads up to the entrance to this showcase front yard.

Step inside the front door and what makes this home distinctive should be obvious. Recent renovations and extensions have created a traditional home with a decidedly contemporary layout whose open feel begins in the foyer, where you can take in almost the entire main living area in a single glance.

Large windows in the living room and the sliding glass doors that connect the family and breakfast rooms to the rear terrace add to the sense of spaciousness and flood the main living area with light.

The kitchen makeover gave it brand-new stainless steel appliances, redone cabinets, and gorgeous granite countertops that allow enough working space in the kitchen for everyone, plus a light-filled breakfast room with sliding glass doors that open onto the rear terrace. In the adjacent cozy family room, you have extensive views of your outdoor gardens through its floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a handsome stone fireplace that makes the room great for the colder months. (You’ll also find working fireplaces in the living and dining rooms.)

Another of the changes made to this home gives it what the French call the pièce de résistance, or the most important feature of this house: a first-floor master suite whose bedroom boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling.

The master suite addition turned what was a two-story home into a one-and-a-half-story one. The other three bedrooms and two full bathrooms are on that half second floor, and they too are nicely finished and adaptable for other uses.

Out back, the brick-paved terrace is a great space for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.

And on top of all this, this belle maison is conveniently situated: the Blue Route, the Schuylkill Expressway, and the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail line are all a short drive away, as are the distinctive shops and restaurants of Wayne and the King of Prussia mall.

With all that it has to offer, this home will have you saying, “C’est incroyable!”



BATHS: 3 full, 2 half


SALE PRICE: $1,195,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale price was reduced by $154,000 on Sept. 22. The home is in a subdivision with a homeowners association; the monthly HOA fee is $500.

300 Valley Pl, Wayne, PA 19087 [William Rosato | BHHS Fox & Roach]