Main Line Monday: Is This Gladwyne or Versailles? You Decide.
While this elegant French mansion in Gladwyne might not be Versailles, we’re positive Marie Antoinette would have found this home well suited for royalty such as herself. Sitting on over two acres of well-manicured, landscaped grounds, and sparing no luxurious detail, this home is a palace at a (relative) bargain price.
At the end of the cobblestone-lined driveway of the secluded manor, a stone courtyard and a flowing brick fountain grandly pave the way to the main entrance of the estate.
Upon entering, you’re met with the grand, two-story foyer, with an inset marble floor and a sweeping wrought-iron staircase that set the tone for the rest of the home. Beyond the foyer, you’ll find the expertly designed living and dining rooms, with built-in bookshelves, floor-to-ceiling windows, and French doors that open out onto a brick terrace that showcases the views of this palace’s grounds.
Perhaps the living room’s most eye-catching feature is the knotty cypress-paneled wall with a contrasting white marble hearth, giving the room a warm yet stately presence.
The living room is connected to the dining room by a wide doorway that allows both spaces to be used for formal entertaining. Through a service door off the dining room is a brick-accented kitchen with a generous breakfast room.
Heading down the hallway that leads to the right from the foyer, we are met with the masterfully crafted, cypress-paneled study complete with a custom-designed bar. This room is also adjacent to the second entry into the home, which connects to the master suite.
Completing the first floor is a master suite most royals would kill for. Utilizing two bedrooms and two baths, this grand suite gives a whole other meaning to the term “master.” A beautifully showcased fireplace, walk-in closets, and a private outdoor patio complete this master of all master bedrooms.
The second floor offers two large bedrooms with finished en-suite baths and a shared balcony to commence your night or start your morning. The lower level contains the fifth bedroom of the home, along with a finished bath, recreation room, and plenty of shelving and window views.
Your grand mansion also includes parking for four vehicles, with a two-car attached garage and two-car detached garage with additional storage space and a wine storage room with its own refrigeration unit.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 7 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 6,316
1441 Waverly Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 [ Lavinia Smerconish | BHHS Fox & Roach]