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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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]