This new home, on the site of the family’s previous long-time residence, was built to appear as the original stately 19th century Villanova country home, around which the balance of the community was developed. Wissahickon schist stonewalls, graduated slate roofing and cut limestone window headers give the three-story residence the formal elegance of a very traditional Georgian home, though the plan reveals modern amenities for both family living and aging in place.
The first floor center stair hall, rising toward a sunny glass tower with southern exposure, divides a formal mahogany-lined library from a complete master suite on the first floor. The kitchen / family room forms a wing to the rear, ending in a formal dining room beyond, turning conventional planning around so that central, light-filled family spaces can be the focus of the otherwise grand, formal home. On the ground floor are a garage for three cars, family entry, home theater, and the ultimate luxury: an Egyptian tile-lined indoor pool in a large Venetian-plastered salon with automatic cover and garden entrance beyond. The second floor has two guest suites, a gym and, stepping up over the kitchen / family wing, a second master suite with a spectacular semicircular glass enclosed shower in the double master bath. A five-stop elevator serves all of this so that every level is easily accessible to all ages, and groceries arrive effortlessly in the kitchen from the garage below.
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