Just Listed: Contemporary Traditional House in Bryn Mawr
This very accommodating house proves once again that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
Take a good, long look at the photo above.
Looks like you’re about to enter one of those striking contemporary houses that dot the Main Line, doesn’t it?
Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s what greets you once you step across the threshold:
Yes, f0lks, you have just entered a contemporary house that thinks it’s a Colonial, or maybe a French Provincial, despite having a layout that completely flies in the face of any ancient tradition.
This Bryn Mawr contemporary classical house for sale has to be one of the best domestic-architecture drag shows I’ve run across in quite some time. If you can’t decide whether you prefer the informal casualness of a contemporary house or the formal elegance of a traditional one, then this house has your name on it, for here, you don’t have to choose.
Take a look at the two-story-high living room, for instance. Its volume, huge floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony overlook all say “contemporary.” On the other hand, the fireplace mantel, bookcases, furniture and rug could hardly be more traditional.
And the only traditional design elements missing from the dining room are a chandelier and wainscoting, or at least a chair rail.
You couldn’t put either of these in the breakfast room, however, and its two-story light well features decidedly contemporary trim.
The breakfast room, whose windows look out on the backyard, is part of a trio of rooms joined by the traditional-yet-modern kitchen. That kitchen, which is nicely outfitted, may be the one traditional room here that doesn’t look like it clashes with the house’s contemporary bones.
No, scratch that. The cozy den next to it also fits its space very comfortably. Its sliding door leads to one of two balcony decks from which you can take in this house’s lush, tree-studded backyard.
So, for that matter, does the primary bedroom, located directly over the kitchen and den. The balcony overlooking the breakfast room leads to the second of those balcony decks, which it shares with another bedroom on the upper floor.
The primary bathroom, also done up in classic Main Line traditional fashion, has all the accouterments one expects in a luxury bath.
Downstairs, the basement rec room opens directly onto the backyard. It and the adjacent guest bedroom and bonus room are the least traditional-looking of this house’s interior spaces, but even here, you’ll find a touch of the traditional in the wood stove in its fireplace.
In addition to the guest bedroom, this house also has an in-law apartment behind its garage; you can see a glimpse of it on the other side of the stone wall that separates its deck and backyard from the main house’s. That accessory apartment has its own kitchenette and full bath.
As the listing agent’s description calls this Bryn Mawr contemporary classical house for sale in the Hermitage Estates subdivision a “turn-key home,” I assume that you can buy it with the furniture included. I’d probably decline the offer and replace all the 18th-century stuff with something more in keeping with this house’s soul, but hey, this is the Main Line, and the Main Line aesthetic tends to run from rather than towards the contemporary. If you love modern architecture but have a traditional heart, this house lets you have your cake and eat it too.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,562
SALE PRICE: $1,029,000
OTHER STUFF: This house has a backup generator and a Tesla charging station in its garage. A $1,200 per month homeowners association fee covers maintenance of subdivision roads and common areas.
1220 Round Hill Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 [Michele Hopkins | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]