House of the Week: 960 Penn brooke, Lower Gwynedd

Minutes to train station, major routes, excellent shopping including a New Whole Foods, plus Trader Joe~s & Wegmans, & located in award-winning Wissahickon School District.

First Floor Living at its Finest in the heart of Gwynedd Valley! This outstanding, 6800 sq ft, Country French Manor Home, located within an enclave of 5 custom homes, offers a comfortable open floor plan with cedar-shake roof, hand-crafted, custom millwork, exquisite upgrades, a luxurious First Floor Master Suite, Finished Lower Level, New Salt-Water Pool with Spa and Incredibly Exciting New Pool House, all masterfully planned to create the perfect space for private enjoyment or entertaining, according to the listing on

A circular drive leads to an exquisite, gated, flowering, courtyard entrance featuring the finest Clinefelter light fixtures, with a flagstone walkway leading to the arched solid mahogany front door with imported hardware.

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The 2-story entrance opens to a fabulous view of the 1st floor w/10~ & vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, stereo speakers, & walls of windows & doors w/transoms above creating streaming sunlight at every turn. The incredibly spacious, breathtaking Living Rm features a charming 15~ stone wall, custom bookshelves, a 2-way gas fireplace shared with the Breakfast Rm w/raised, curved stone hearth, and 3 sets of French doors opening to the rear Patio and Pool.

The Formal Dining Room offers custom cabinetry and a French door provides access to the front courtyard. A beautifully appointed Butler~s pantry leads to a Chef~s Dream Kitchen with ceramic tiled floor, furniture-style island with granite counter & seating for 4, custom cabinetry, stainless high-end appliances including a 6-burner gas Thermador stove, double ovens, warming drawer, 2 dishwashers, tumbled marble backsplash & built-in Miele coffee-maker.

The open floor plan continues as the Kitchen opens to both the inviting Breakfast Room w/2-way stone fireplace w/reclaimed wood mantel, and the warmth of the Family Rm w/vaulted bead-board ceiling & window seat, with both rooms providing French doors to the rear Patio.

A 1st floor Office w/vaulted ceiling includes 3 built-in desks. The resort-like, 6-room Master Suite features a Sitting Room opening to the Bedroom w/tray ceiling and a wall of windows providing an enticing exterior view.

The stunningly upgraded Full Bath includes a tumbled marble floor, vanities with marble counters, a whirlpool tub & a gorgeous, marble-tiled shower w/frameless glass door & bench seat.

The Dressing Rm offers 2 professionally organized walk-in closets and opens to the Vanity Room w/marble floor & built-in table w/sink. The Master Office can also be accessed from the front Hall and includes a set of French doors opening to the rear Patio. A turned staircase w/hardwood treads and Stark carpet runner leads to the 2nd floor, offering 3 additional bedrooms w/walk-in closets, 2 Full baths plus 2 walk-in attics offer the opportunity for additional bedrooms.

The entertainment continues in the fantastic Finished Lower Level featuring a Bar Room w/custom bar w/granite counters, refrigerator, ice-maker & sink plus included pool table & 2 large wine refrigerators, a Media Room w/surround sound & an amazing Gym w/rubber floor, mirrors & included universal equipment, plus a half Bath.

French doors from most 1st Floor Rooms open to the 34~ x 46~ flagstone Patio overlooking a newer 20~ x 42~ heated, salt water pool with travertine marble decking and a newer, AMAZING Pool House with covered patio with stone fireplace, included TV and custom cabinetry and a wonderful interior with custom bar, ice-maker; seating area, Full Bath & Laundry Closet. Other special features include 8 TVS, 3 Laundry Rooms including 1st and 2nd Floor plus Pool House, 2 Powder Rooms, 3-Car Garage, 3 zones of HVAC plus Pool House, & irrigation system. Minutes to train station, major routes, excellent shopping including a New Whole Foods, plus Trader Joe~s & Wegmans, & located in award-winning Wissahickon School District. STUCCO and all windows have been completely removed and replaced. Includes 1-year home warranty.This home offers pure pleasure!

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