5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend
With one notable exception, contemporary style unites this week’s featured open houses. You’ll find the modern idiom in both classic midcentury contemporary form and in more later renditions in these houses, including one on the Main Line that packaged the modernist aesthetic in a sensitive addition to a classic 1920s English Gothic Revival home.
Bucks County: 116 Ridge Valley Rd., Ottsville (above) | 4 beds, 3 baths, 3,080 square feet, $459,900
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 14th, 1 to 3 p.m.
This 1970s contemporary home uses light to great advantage thanks to the large windows and many skylights that let the sun pour into its rooms. Its main living area, an open-plan space with a beamed cathedral ceiling, epitomizes the casual contemporary style found in many midcentury homes with its stone fireplace, skylit kitchen, and distressed white oak floor. You’ll also find a beamed cathedral ceiling and skylights in the master suite’s bedroom, and even more skylights in its bathroom. There’s a studio apartment over the detached garage that can serve as an in-law suite, guest suite or studio retreat. All of this sits on three beautifully wooded acres in Upper Bucks County’s Tinicum Township.
116 Ridge Valley Rd., Ottsville, Pa. 18942 [Tom Smeland | The Tom Smeland Team | RE/MAX 440]
Chester County: 7 Mill Rd., Malvern | 5 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths, 5,687 square feet, $1,299,000
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 14th, noon. to 2 p.m.
This is one of those newer center-hall Colonials that have a few off-center features. For instance, there’s its front door. For another, there’s that snout attached to it, where you’ll find the garage. But overall, this is a masterful recent (2000) rendition of this most popular Main Line house type, and it’s low-maintenance too thanks to the use of HardiePlank siding on the “wood” portion of its exterior. You’ll find many nice features and a few extras in this house, such as the warming drawer in its main-floor kitchen and a second full kitchen in its downstairs rec room. Large expanses of windows fill many of the interior rooms with light, including the basement rec room, and a large deck in back lets you relax in style as you take in the woodlands around you.
7 Mill Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 [Catherine Lowry | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Delaware County: 15 Andover Rd., Haverford | 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 7,537 square feet, $1,750,000
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 14th, 1 to 2 p.m.
The owners of this handsome 1910 English Gothic Revival manse in Haverford enjoyed entertaining on a grand scale and had an art collection they wanted to show off. So they did the only logical thing: build a work of art to tack onto the original house. That would be the context-sensitive contemporary addition you see at the right in the photo above. Along with that addition, they transformed a former carriage house to the main house’s left into a stunning kitchen/dining/family room with a soaring beamed cathedral ceiling, marble tile floor and huge windows that fill the space with light, all connected to the rest of the house by a breezway filled with light filtering through its glass-block front wall. The new wing includes two light-filled sitting rooms that serve as perfect display galleries themselves, as do the walls and built-in shelves in most of this house’s main-floor rooms. Even if you don’t have an art collection of your own, you might want to take up the collecting habit once you move into this well-maintained and very well-mannered house.
15 Andover Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 [Robin Gordon | The Robin Gordon Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Montgomery County: 447 Clairemont Rd., Villanova | 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,992 square feet, $599,500
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 14th, noon to 2 p.m.
The conversation piece of this handsome midcentury contemporary split-level house is the open two-sided fireplace that separates its living room from its dining room. Another noteworthy feature of this home are the large floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the rear deck and backyard into that living room and the similar large windows that look out onto the backyard from the master bedroom. The family room also has plenty of windows that look out onto that backyard and a fireplace of its own. The kitchen and the bathrooms have been updated with the latest fittings and top-drawer appliances to boot.
447 Clairemont Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Katherine Bushey | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Philadelphia: 1919 Chestnut St. #1820, Rittenhouse Square | 2 beds, 1 bath, 1,134 square feet, $650,000
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 14th, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Apartments in the William Penn House, a co-op turned condo, are among the most prized in the Center City West apartment district, and this vision in white helps explain why units in this building are so sought after. This recently redone unit features an open main living area anchored by a chandelier-lit dining area at its balcony end and a stylish modern kitchen with GE Monogram appliances and a bar island with a quartzite waterfall countertop at its other. You’ll find coffered ceilings in the dining area and the second bedroom/den along with dry bars in both. A 130-square-foot balcony looks out on the Center City West office canyon, and a rooftop pool gives you an even better view. And the ultimate amenity — the many shops, restaurants and nightspots of the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood – lie a short elevator ride and a few blocks’ walk away.
The monthly $805 condo fee covers all utilities including basic cable, all taxes and maintenance services.
1919 Chestnut St. #1820, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 [Damon Michels | The Damon Michels Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]