Unexpected, supremely sophisticated, and extraordinary high style. Yet no space is too precious, unapproachable, or off-limits for full-time enjoyment. Two-level private, fenced acres to explore and admire, walkable to the center of historic Gladwyne Village and all of its conveniences and charm.
1136 Youngs Ford Road began its life as a classic, stone 1927 center hall colonial before a large expansion in 2002 and then a full reimagining by the current owner in 2016-2017.
The large entry Foyer offers a glimpse of an elegant Dining Room with playful wall coverings and gently lit dual chandeliers. Step up to “The Gallery,” an intimate space with hand-painted stenciled and stained floors, inviting you for drinks and conversation. An artistic enfilade in all directions connecting the Fireside Living Room (with secret wet bar), handsome Library, and formal powder room.
An exciting informal Great Room addition is pure drama with 20 ft ceilings, full height windows, stone fireplace, and stunning 2nd-floor overlook from one of the home's five staircases. The super chic and colorful style continues into the raspberry and teal fully custom Kitchen, grounded by dark stained floors and intricate black coffered ceiling. The drawer and cabinet finished interiors have been thoughtfully organized to manage the demands of large pantry items to the finest bone china. A suite of Thermador appliances provides a chef’s level experience, while a seated center island, additional lounging space, and generous breakfast table overlook views of the terrace and pool surrounded by sprawling lawns and gardens. The lengthy back hall has a personalized home office, lively coffee bar/service pantry, informal powder room, mudroom with bench, ample storage, and access to the conditioned 3-car garage.
Ascend the main stair to an exceptional Primary Suite. The Bath offers separate wash-stand height vanities with galaxy stone tops that sparkle with the lowest level of light, each with adjacent identical water closets. Refresh in an intricate black and white mosaic shower or relax in a deep jetted tub with a treetop view. The Sitting/Dressing Room is a peaceful getaway that opens into a bedroom flooded with life and light, topped off with exposed ebony beams and linear fireplace. Four bright family bedrooms, one currently purposed as a home office, all enjoy their own baths and generous closet space. Upstairs laundry room, a must.
Two Lower Levels, one from the original home and one from the addition, provide different opportunities for use. A brick surround wood burning fireplace, original slate floors, Full Bath, generous storage and walk-out to eastern facing Garden Level are found in the original portion of the home. Ideal for guests or support who may appreciate an independent entry, this space is sun filled and charming. The newer portion offers Rec space with a Gym, TV, Lounge area, 1⁄2 bath mechanicals, and more storage.
Design and consideration for every detail extended to the exterior of the home as well. A built-in Summer Kitchen with sink, gas grill and generous limestone counter space offers great opportunity for outdoor dining on the upper flagstone terrace or gather by the wood-burning fireplace, enjoying shade from the pergola covered by mature trumpet vine above. A shimmering salt-water pool and independent hot tub with water feature are surrounded by a wide limestone border offering plentiful space for entertaining or lounging. Automatic safety pool cover, worry and hassle-free. Pool House with half bath, Dressing Room with vanity, lounge area, changing room, and enclosed outside shower adds both convenience and architectural interest. Full Laundry Room with separate entrance.
A true ‘Wish-List’ home, where even the gardens and outdoor spaces feel more curated than constructed.
Courtesy of , Lavinia Smerconish
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