A Classic Revived in Gladwyne for $2.1M
A total makeover has taken this 1962 English picturesque classic to a new level of traditional cool.
The tendency in Gladwyne is for people who have Money to either build or refit houses to the point where they drip so much opulence that it collects in pools, buckles the hardwood floors, and stains the overly thick drapes.
The owners of “Killmara,” a handsome traditional home whose architectural language comes from the English picturesque, took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference.
This beautiful makeover, conceived by F.L. Bissinger Architects and executed by Rock Creek Investments, shows what one can do through the judicious application of money (instead of Money) to the challenge of updating a 1960s estate home to reflect 21st-century demands and tastes.
While they didn’t use this architectural vocabulary, there’s something almost Shaker in the way they redid this home. The wainscoting, crown moldings, coffered ceilings, lighting and woodwork all convey a certain lightness that matches the openness of its main living spaces.
You can take all of those spaces in from its two-story foyer as well. Formal and informal dining rooms, a living room and a family room one-half floor down all open onto it.
The kitchen and the informal dining room are one, with bar seating separating the two spaces. The kitchen boasts high-end Thermador and Bosch appliances that make cooking a joy.
Luxurious materials are also applied with a light touch in the marble-floored master bathroom, which once again combines elements of classical and modern style.
This gem is also beautifully set in a lushly landscaped one-acre lot that offers both great views and privacy. And it’s built like a tank, with six-inch fieldstone exterior walls combined with eight-inch concrete block walls covered with two coats of stucco.
It’s also conveniently located if your work takes you to Conshohocken, King of Prussia or Center City, with two Schuylkill Expressway interchanges a short drive away in each direction.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 6,400
SALE PRICE: $2,100,000
OTHER STUFF: The listing agent has an ownership interest in this property.
1258 Country Club Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 [Mike Dolan | Main Line Real Estate Partners via Zillow]