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Rural Splendor in Malvern for $4.8M

This classic early 19th-century Pennsylvania farmhouse has been masterfully expanded and renovated. You'll fall in love with its 21 acres of natural beauty as well.

Little Valley Farm, 736 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Yes, we’re stretching the boundaries of the Main Line a bit to take in this house just outside Sugartown, a few miles south of the center of Malvern. But we figure that since this magnificent manor is just a short stroll away from the Radnor Hunt Club, we should be able to fit it in.

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Besides, how often does a true Pennsylvania country classic come on the market out this way?

Little Valley Farm is a rare find indeed: 21 pristine acres of greenery dotted with two ponds fed by a stream that flows into Crum Creek. The original fieldstone farmhouse, which dates to 1832, was restored to its original appearance by architect John Milner, who expanded it with a large modern addition in the late 1980s. That addition, the latest of several over this home’s 185-year history, gives the home the kind of spaces and amenities modern families demand while respecting the original home’s character and style.

The main entrance leads into the original farmhouse’s foyer, where you will find one of this home’s seven fireplaces. A walk-in coat closet and a den or home office lie just beyond this space, and a sitting room with decorative fireplace sits above it.

To the left of the foyer you’ll find the main living spaces. Milner’s addition includes a comfortable sunken family room whose French doors open onto a mahogany deck, a top-of-the-line kitchen with professional-grade appliances and a sunny breakfast room off the kitchen. A pantry and wet bar connect the kitchen to the formal dining room. A formal living room, a mud room with family entry, a home office with custom desks and a sun room round out the main floor.

Two master suites and three additional bedrooms make up the second floor. The main master suite includes a luxurious master bath and its own mahogany deck.

The grounds contain two additional buildings: a classic fieldstone bank barn and a cottage that serves as an in-law or caretaker suite.

As the photos below should make clear, this home’s attractive grounds offer sylvan beauty all year round.

The sum of all these parts is a splendid whole that offers true country living amidst the bustle of suburbia.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 4 full, 2 half

SQUARE FEET: 9,983

SALE PRICE: $4,800,000



736 S. Warren Ave., Malvern, Pa. 19355 [Lorna Isen | Lorna Isen Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]


Sandy Smith Home and Real Estate Editor @MarketStEl
ssmith@phillymag.com