Main Line Monday: Modern Tradition in Haverford for $765K
The gate at the entrance to the private street this attractive home in Haverford sits on is supposed to signal tradition and elegance.
The front of this traditional center-hall Colonial that sits just past that gate, however, should clue you in that you’re about to get a contemporary interpretation of the script — sort of like staging a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” set in the midst of the Iraq war.
This home gets all the basics right: Two-story foyer with a turned wooden railing and wainscoting. Formal living room and dining room. Large kitchen. Roomy master bedroom with large walk-in closet and luxurious master bath.
But the pieces are assembled a little differently. The formal dining room has a vaulted ceiling and no crown molding, and it occupies a wing that extends into the backyard, across a short hallway from the living room. Where the dining room would be in a more traditional layout, there’s a spacious great room with fireplace and built-in media cabinet whose bar end is one with the breakfast room and kitchen. This arrangement makes entertaining easy, by the way.
Behind all this is a large, sunny rear deck rather than a formal terrace, injecting another casual element into the mix. The backyard also includes a putting green.
Upstairs, in addition to that master bedroom, you’ll find two more bedrooms, a hall bath and a guest suite.
This home is also convenient to Haverford College and the Haverford town center, both a short drive away.
In short, it respects Main Line tradition while recognizing that we live in a different world now.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 4,370
SALE PRICE: $765,000
OTHER STUFF: This home’s sale price has been reduced four times, the most recent being a $10,000 reduction on Sept. 14.
103 Allgates Dr., Haverford, Pa. 19041
103 Allgates Dr., Haverford, Pa. 19041 [Sandy Kauffman | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]