Haverford Norman-Type “Carriage Home” for Sale


The house owners of this Haverford Reserve mansionette discovered methods to put the “customized” in “mass customization.”

house for sale haverford norman-style exterior front

Not solely does this Norman-style home at 238 Valley Ridge Rd., Haverford, PA 19041 appear to be the dual to which it’s connected, however it additionally appears like each different unit within the Carriage Homes at Haverford Reserve growth. Perhaps that’s why its patrons went the additional mile to make it a really excellent home on the within. | Pictures: Leigh Ann Palloni, Palloni Pictures, through Compass

Within the five-plus years I’ve edited the Actual Property & Dwelling part right here, I’ve featured a number of homes on the market in The Carriage Houses at Haverford Reserve, the upscale Goldenberg Group/Guidi Houses subdivision in Haverford.

And because the variety of such options rises, it has turn into more and more clear to me that this partnership has produced a luxurious Levittown.

It rapidly turned unattainable for me to inform one Carriage Houses at Haverford Reserve home on the market from one other, for on the surface, all 5 of the fashions that have been constructed on this growth have the identical footprints, and all of them have the identical Norman-inspired exteriors. I doubt that any precise European village’s homes would all look alike.

So how do you inform Haverford Reserve homes aside? By going inside them. And whenever you step inside this Haverford Norman-style home on the market, you can see your self in probably the most engaging and strikingly fashionable homes of the lot.

Its house owners labored intently with the builders and designers to do that ”Pembrey” mannequin home up proper, with a design that places the “customized” in “mass customization” with its modern tackle conventional fashion.

They didn’t go for all of the bells and whistles Guidi provided: This home lacks the elective elevator that might be put in within the two fashions with second-floor major bedrooms, and the house owners additionally opted to not add a fire to its front room. However it has the perfect of nearly every part else.

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Despite the fact that the home’s exterior is Norman, the entrance rooms of the primary flooring are colonial in association, with a front room and a eating room bracketing a central lobby However the non-aligned archways give it an off-center-hall twist.

(Noteworthy about this home: all of the entrances from the surface make use of French doorways. However since this home’s exterior is impressed by French design, maybe this might be anticipated. You will note as we proceed this tour, nevertheless, that this home’s house owners look like significantly keen on French doorways.)

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Front room

Each of the colonial main-floor rooms are painted a cool, subdued blue-gray; the shade appears like one referred to as New Windfall Navy.

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Eating room and butler’s pantry

Massive entrance home windows flood each entrance rooms with gentle. And the beneficiant archway resulting in the butler’s pantry will make serving meals within the formal eating room a lot simpler.

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Kitchen and doorway to butler’s pantry

To the left of the butler’s pantry, a hallway and enclosed porch join the home to its two-car storage. To its proper, the kitchen serves because the hinge of the commodious on a regular basis residing suite.

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Kitchen and passageway to review

The kitchen is provided with Viking home equipment that embody each a wine fridge and a beverage fridge along with the French-door (yup, once more) refrigerator-freezer. Additionally they embody a five-burner gasoline cooktop, a double-wall oven, a built-in microwave and a dishwasher. Additionally, you will discover on this kitchen loads of storage cupboards, plenty of granite-topped counter house and bar seating for 3 at its island.

breakfast room

Breakfast room

This on a regular basis residing suite has an open plan, however archways divide it into its three distinct elements. The second is the breakfast room subsequent to the kitchen.

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Rear deck off breakfast room

French doorways join it to a rear deck.

great room

Nice room

And each the kitchen and the breakfast room open onto the nice room, whose hovering beamed cathedral ceiling provides it a notice of grandeur whereas its hearth contributes heat, each actually and figuratively.



Across the nook from the nice room lies the examine. Linked to a brief hallway by French doorways, it has built-in bookshelves arrange for audio and video. The house owners opted so as to add French doorways resulting in stairs to the rear patio from this room.

rear patio

Rear patio

That patio spans the again of the home and in addition connects to the deck off the breakfast room. The mix of indoor and outside areas for entertaining means you may throw one helluva celebration right here in case you so want. Additionally, you will be capable to provide music from a Sonos sound system and settle down with a calming waterfall. A big facet yard — one of many largest within the growth — gives much more room.

The house owners opted for a extra restrained lobby than the two-story one provided with the bottom mannequin. The additional second-floor house acquired integrated into the first bed room suite as an enormous walk-in closet.

primary bedroom

Major bed room

One enters the first suite through French doorways (pardon me, am I getting repetitive right here?) that lead from the second-floor hallway to its bed room. That bed room has a vaulted ceiling and a big Palladian window — a design ingredient that’s extra Georgian than French — overlooking its yard.

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Dressing space

A hall with two walk-in closets and a dressing space connects the bed room and the lavatory.

primary bathroom

Major rest room

The fully-tricked-out major rest room has two vanities flanking its entrance, a soaking tub throughout from that entrance, a rest room closet and a walk-in bathe.

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Major rest room

A door between the bathe and one of many vanities results in that extra walk-in closet. Two bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill tub and the laundry room spherical out the second flooring.

Haverford Reserve sits in Haverford Township’s tonier northern reaches, and in case you take pleasure in recreation, you can see it at your step: this home backs onto the Southbrook Path, one among a community of leisure trails that meander by means of the encircling 120 acres of woods and meadows. You possibly can comply with this path to Haverford Reserve’s neighborhood park, a playground and three athletic fields, all positioned adjoining to 1 one other. Then you may go exploring these woods and meadows through the paths throughout Parkview Drive from the advanced.

The Merion Golf Membership, Haverford Faculty and procuring alongside West Chester Pike are additionally all a straightforward drive from right here.

By now, it’s best to have additionally discovered why I put “carriage home” in quotes within the headline: this Haverford Norman-style home on the market not solely doesn’t appear to be an precise carriage home, it’s additionally bigger and grander than one would count on when listening to that phrase. Purchase it and your folks would possibly get a bit confused choosing your house out from its neighbors. However you may be greater than capable of make up for that when they stroll by means of these French doorways.



BATHS: 2 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $1,325,000

OTHER STUFF: The home has a full unfinished basement that at the moment serves as a golf follow room, and if you wish to, you may add that elevator your self. A $709-per-month householders affiliation payment covers upkeep of the roads and customary areas, garden and constructing exterior upkeep, administration companies, snow and trash elimination and a reserve fund.

238 Valley Ridge Rd., Haverford, PA 19041 [Leigh Anne Ambrose | The Ambrose Team | Compass]