Main Line Monday

A Nice Little Estate in Villanova for $1.07M

Here's yet another reminder that great things come in small packages. That's "small" by Main Line estate standards, of course.

717 Mt. Moro Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Those grand Main Line estates aren’t what they used to be.

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For starters, since no one except tourists and European monarchs rides around in carriages anymore, most of those estates’ carriage houses have become superfluous.

But that’s actually good news for the merely affluent, for it means they can have a piece of Main Line grandeur without having to amass a huge fortune first.

That’s because many of those carriage houses, like this one in Villanova, have been converted into mini-estates of their own. This one, for instance, sits on a mere three-quarters of an acre of land (0.78 acres, if you want to get technical about it).

Foyer

But what this 107-year-old converted carriage house lacks in size it more than makes up for in comfort, style and features. Redone in the manner of an informal English country home, this mini-manse presents an attractive face to visitors, and its gated lot ensures that you won’t get any unwanted ones.

Once you get past the soaring foyer, you enter a spacious yet welcoming living room with a beamed ceiling, polished hardwood floor and a fireplace embedded in its brick accent wall.

Living room

Kitchen

Dining room

Wine bar

This home is designed for ease of entertaining indoors and out. The dining room, which extends off the living room on a raised platform, connects to the rear patio through large French doors next to the entrance to the kitchen. The patio itself is equipped for outdoor grilling, and the wine bar with sink off the dining room also connects to the patio. The kitchen is outfitted for the creative cook, and the attached pantry has a fireplace of its own.

All five of this home’s bedrooms are on the second floor. One currently functions as a home office. The master bedroom features a Palladian window, a spacious master bath with a double shower and water closet, and a balcony where you can catch the sunrise while looking out over your pool and backyard.

Master bedroom

Pool and patio

This home has so much to offer, we suspect you won’t feel the need to leave it all that often. But when you do, you’re close to the Bryn Mawr business district, the Blue Route and SEPTA Regional Rail service. All this and your kids get to attend Lower Merion schools to boot.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 2 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 3,476

SALE PRICE: $1,070,000

OTHER STUFF: The home has a two-car garage for your modern-day carriages and a gas-fired generator that can power the whole house if you need emergency backup power.

717 Mt. Moro Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Mariellen Weaver | Keller Williams Realty – Main Line]


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