Main Line Monday: Modern Tradition in Haverford for $765K

Walk through the front door and it's clear you're in a traditional center-hall Colonial. But its syncopated facade should tip you off that this is a modern interpretation of the form.

103 Allgates Dr., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

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.



BATHS: 3 full, 1 half


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 [Sandy Kauffman | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]