On the Market in the Poconos: Mountaintop Mansion in Effort
This huge neotraditional mansion sits just below the top of a mountain ridge. It also goes over the top on the amenities.
Want to stand out from the crowd in the Poconos? Or would you rather entertain one?
You can do both if you buy this Effort mountaintop mansion house for sale.
The people who built it in 2008 clearly put a lot of effort into designing and outfitting it to impress, and then some.
Perched just below the top of a mountain ridge on a sloping lot, it offers fabulous views in almost all directions. And its three levels contain all the room you need to host visiting friends or relatives as well as throw one helluva party.
In terms of appearance, this house departs radically from the Poconos standard. It wouldn’t look at all out of place in, say, Gladwyne.
And your Gladwyne friends would no doubt be impressed by all the goodies this house contains as well as how they’re all put together.
Once past its huge wraparound front porch, one enters this house to encounter a foyer with a staircase worthy of Gone with the Wind.
To the left of the foyer is a relatively modest yet comfortable living room.
To its right is the first of this house’s many showstoppers: A two-story-high great room.
A full-height stone gas fireplace open on both sides serves to divide this room from the equally lofty dining room.
Behind the dining room lies a well-equipped kitchen featuring bar seating at its large island, a full complement of modern appliances, a work desk and a breakfast area that currently sits unused. You might want to put a table in it to make sure you have room for all your guests at that big dinner party you will no doubt want to throw.
A doorway leads from the breakfast room to one of two sunrooms on this level. This one contains an indoor koi pond with a waterfall and a bridge leading over it to the seating area.
The other sunroom is part of the primary bedroom suite. It lacks a koi pond but also has windows that offer a wide view.
The bedroom itself is plenty large and the bathroom is sumptuously fitted. You will also find a second en-suite bedroom, a laundry room and a bonus room on this floor.
Not to mention an indoor saltwater pool and Jacuzzi.
At the top of the stairs to the upper floor you will find a balcony that wraps around the living-dining room and a lounge area at the balcony’s end. Three more bedrooms and a hall bath also occupy this floor.
The full finished basement has a second kitchen and another full bath. The basement also has no windows, save for those in the room attached to that second kitchen. A sliding door opens onto the lower terrace.
The possibilities for the rest of this huge open space are endless: Game room, fitness room, home theater or media room, party space, storage space, you name it.
One other space here offers a panoramic view: The gazebo off the deck in back, beyond the pool. Next to it sits a pond and waterfall.
While this hilltop redoubt sits on a 2.1-acre lot in relative isolation, development abounds all around it: To reach it from the two main roads that flank its site, you drive through one subdivision until you reach the cul-de-sac it sits on. And subdivisions surround the base of the hill to its west and south. But there are also parks, nature preserves, camps and state game lands within a short drive from here.
There is a certain lightness to some of the materials that have gone into this house, such as the banisters. Other materials, like the wide-plank cherry floors found throughout the house, are much more substantial, though. And you can see that this house has held up well so far.
In other words, this Effort mountaintop mansion house for sale may well be perfectly matched with its surroundings. While it would be wildly out of place in the Poconos’ more woodsy, outdoorsy precincts, it fits right in with Poconos suburbia. And it comes with a Poconos price tag — one that was recently cut significantly. Imagine how much a place like this one would run in Gladwyne.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 13,516
SALE PRICE: $2,450,000
OTHER STUFF: The house also has an attached two-car garage. Its sale price was reduced by $240,000 on March 24th.
1435 Whispering Hills Court, Effort, PA 18330 [Jeffrey L. Rickert | RE/MAX Property Specialists – Pocono Lake]