House of the Week: 1308 Valley Road, Villanova

Designed by Robert McIroy, the unique architecture and generous use of glass is striking, while understatedly elegant and warm.

This sleek gem with a swimming pool is a one-of-a-kind oasis on a private road in upscale Villanova that is quiet yet close to it all.

Nestled on lush, secluded grounds, the luxury home enveloped by lush greenery and pristinely-landscaped natural beauty represents contemporary living at its best. Designed by Robert McIroy, the unique architecture and generous use of glass is striking, while understatedly elegant and warm, according to the listing on

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A beautiful open layout with top-of-the-line finishes, large deck off the kitchen overlooking the stretching grounds, and spacious pool patio make indoor-outdoor living/entertaining a dream. Since 2006, substantial upgrades include a newer roof, newer AC units, a 150-bottle Viking wine fridge in the dining room, fresh interior paint, refinished hardwood flooring, newer siding, 2-car garage, substantial outdoor regrading and landscaping with boulders, stone walls, trees, pachysandra and hedges, plus adding a 45′ x 15′ pool, spa and seating area in 2012.

With 5 bedrooms, 3.1 baths and generous living spaces, this home has it all for today’s discerning family. Experience a work of art through solid wood doors and a vaulted entryway with gleaming hardwood floors. The vaulted living room with wall-to-wall windows, a wood-burning fireplace with stone surround, built-in bookcases and recessed lighting makes a stunning statement. The open dining room is equally divine with glass doors to the terrace covered by a remote-controlled awning.

The chef enjoys the highest standard in the phenomenal vaulted sky-lit kitchen with an exposed beam ceiling, granite island with counter seating, wood cabinetry, premium stainless-steel appliances including 2 Fisher & Paykel dishwashers and a built-in workstation. Adjacent sits a sun-filled breakfast room with glass sliders to the terrace.

The main level also presents a powder room with skylight and dramatic master suite with a vaulted exposed beam ceiling, skylight, double exposures, gas fireplace, walk-in fitted closet and luxe vaulted sky-lit marble spa bath. The day-lit lower level set at grade has a family room with bamboo flooring, huge windows and exposed brick wall. Bedrooms are bright and spacious, with one serving as an exercise room.

Completing the comfort is a laundry room, home office, large storage room, 2-car garage, stone spring house, security system and invisible dog fencing. Approximate acreage from survey from 2006. Home is no longer fully furnished.

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