On the Market: Normandy-Style Mansion in Penn Valley
This expansive, recently updated house for sale is built for entertaining, indoors and out. And when you're not entertaining, it will treat you royally too.
When you take Exit 337 off the Schuylkill Expressway — you can only do this westbound, headed out of the city — the sign says you’re headed for Gladwyne.
But before you get there, you first pass through one of Lower Merion Township’s better-kept secrets.
This secret goes by the name “Penn Valley.” It’s a strictly residential community of handsome, elegant, well-kept houses set amid hills and woodlands.
The handsome Norman house for sale you see above sits on a secluded lane not far from Exit 337. That will make it very easy for you to get into and out of the city when the Schuylkill isn’t flowing like molasses. It will likewise make it easy for your friends to visit you, though you’ll have to tell them just where to turn once they get off the freeway.
(Isn’t this just how you want it? Easy to reach but hard to find? You get the best of both worlds: Privacy and access.)
And your friends will want to visit you, for this house was made to entertain them.
Just nine years old, it’s already gotten a facelift that makes its many elegant, sun-splashed rooms sparkle.
(Most of the photos you see here are of the house before its recent renovation, which also emptied it out. They also demonstrate that minimalist modernist decor and traditional elegance can play nice with each other.)
The main floor has both all the traditional rooms you expect to find in a house of this type: formal living room to the right of the grand foyer, formal dining room to the left, sunny study behind the living room.
Then, on the other side of the butler’s pantry behind the dining room, there’s one of those grand combination spaces modern families love because they make relaxation, entertaining and dining in the same space easy. This one puts together a deluxe kitchen, a casual dining area and a great room with a soaring vaulted ceiling.
By the way, the 80-inch Samsung LED TV with hidden controls in the great room comes with the house.
Down below, you’ll find even more entertaining space in the form of a large basement lounge with its own catering kitchen with bar seating. An alcove in this space has two wine rooms bracketing it.
There’s also a six-seat home theater and a home gym in the basement. The gym already has the plumbing you need to install a sauna if you want.
And for outdoor entertaining, you’ll find a spacious terrace off the main floor and an arbor-covered patio off the basement.
This house for sale will also treat you well in your private moments. Its master suite contains a large bedroom with fireplace and dual walk-in closets plus a luxurious spa bathroom with Bluetooth speaker-equipped mirrors at its dual vanities.
Luxurious? You bet. Yet as these photos should make clear, it’s understated luxury. Like its community, it doesn’t show itself off — you have to find it, but you’ll be rewarded richly when you do.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 3 half
SQUARE FEET: 10,300
SALE PRICE: $2,499,000
OTHER STUFF: You’ll also find a Tesla charging station in this house’s three-car garage.
324 Fawn Hill Lane, Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 [Genevieve Livesey and Alison Simon | Keller Williams Philly]
Updated April 17, 8 a.m., to correct the square footage figure, and April 18, 7:06 a.m., to include all the listing agents’ names.