MLS® ID: PAMC637408
601 MATSONFORD ROAD
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, 19085 $3,100,000
From its origins as a humble farmhouse on the once sprawling 170 acre + Gillingham estate, Sunnybrook was purchased, and by all descriptions, reinvented by the Clothier family in the early part of the 20th century. Period architects of great renown, including Horace Trumbauer who designed the stables (now garages) and Brockie and Hastings who contributed an elaborate Solarium with fountain and fireplace, were only the precursors of talent for the major additions and renovations which were implemented by architects Eyre and McIlvaine in 1923. Being respectful to the homes provenance for understated design, this combination of talents resulted in a home that is as sophisticated as it is welcoming and represented a significant departure from the heavy dark stone homes that were popular at the time. Aptly named Sunnybrook, for its lantern-like quality of front to back light in almost every room, this home simply glows no matter the time of day. In 2006, Sunnybrook found new owners who lifted the home from a loved but imperfect state, seeing to yet another comprehensive restoration which included the rethinking of the spaces to todays more family-centric living. Former staff rooms were combined to create a stunning all white kitchen with generous prep space, requisite high end appliances, incorporated large family dining area, desk and stunning views of the rear yard and pool. Inspired by the restored adjacent Butlers pantry, the Kitchen cabinets were crafted to look like they had ~always been there~, a focus that the owners brought to all aspects of their renovation. Bits for routing mill work were replicated from molds of the original patterns allowing the owners to elevate the once service portions of the home to same level as the formal rooms. The result is a renovation so seamless, that without guide, one would believe all areas to be original. ~A front Foyer with wood burning fireplace is the core from which all areas flow...Straight from the Foyer is an inviting Living Room. Anything but formal, this room offers three exposures of light and opens to expansive flat grounds with views of a fountain, pastoral back yard and owner-crafted raised bed Garden. An intricate carved stone mantle highlights the one wall of the Dining Room while French doors and a deep bay window, ideal for smaller seated meals, are positioned on either side. For cozier gatherings, there is both a Family Room with character grade flooring just off the kitchen as well as a richly stained fireside Library with custom shelving positioned just beyond the foyer and next to the Solarium. Ascend the traditional turned stair to a deluxe Master Bedroom suite. Three rooms were combined to serve as the bedroom, large walk in closet and Master Sitting Room. Both the bedroom, as well as the sitting room, have fireplaces and the large connected bath offers indulgent soaking tub as well as a large seated shower. Six other rooms or suites of rooms are found on the second and third levels. All bathrooms were either created or renovated using materials, which would have been available in the 1800s, but with careful selection and styling, feel fresh and current. Sunnybrook, truly a home for the ages, awaits its next lucky owner.