This young residence is equipped to receive on a large scale, inside as well as outside.
What makes a huge house in a subdivision a McMansion and another in a different subdivision not?
McMansion Hell Designer Kate Wagner offers a 10-lesson hands-on series on her popular blog. Looking at the photos of this large, luxuriously appointed Ivyland Tudor / Colonial house for sale, you may want to refer to the first part of Lesson 4 to determine which side of the Manor / McMansion line this house falls on. If you’re not sure, Part Two offers Wagner’s own reviews of some houses dancing along the line that might help you form your own opinion.
An argument can be made for both parties regarding this house which sits on an acre lot surrounded by trees on the Toll Brothers reserve in the Northampton housing estate, starting with the face it features on the street .
This home’s Tudor Revival-inspired facade may have a few elements borrowed from other styles, such as the arched window on the garage’s right wing, but overall it is balanced and well-proportioned. Score one for the mansion.
However, the front facade is the only part of this house arranged in this way. The other three sides are covered with vinyl siding. Score one for McMansion.
Step through the classic Tudor house front door and you come across a two-story foyer worthy of ‘Gone with the Wind’ in a style one would normally find in a Colonial home rather than a Tudor home. (Mark one more for McMansion.) And while its LED lights save energy, the modern three-disc chandelier doesn’t quite match the rest of the architectural details. (Same.)
Things become like McMansion-y behind the foyer, where you’ll find a formal two-story dining room that combines the volume of a large room (which had largely fallen out of favor by the time this home was built in 2017) with the dazzling view of the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. Its chandelier, while modern, however, harmonizes with the Georgian / Colonial design of the interior of this house.
From there, however, things get more subdued in this house which combines modern furnishings and amenities with traditional 18th-century design.
To the right of the foyer you will find a guest bedroom at the front and a traditional living room with all the details one would expect of a colonial house at the rear.
And in front, on the left, you’ll find a home office with not only built-in shelves, but also two built-in desks.
To the left of the rear dining room is the daily living suite.
This is a downright colonial ensemble that combines a family room with a coffered ceiling and fireplace, a breakfast room and a spacious kitchen.
The kitchen has been extended and improved since the house was built. It now has a Wolf six-burner gas range and everything in Jenn-Air stainless steel except for the Thermador range hood. It also has plenty of storage space and granite counters. Again, colonial decor and more modern lighting mix it up, as they do in the adjacent breakfast room.
Just outside the everyday living room is a side patio that contains the smaller of this home’s two outdoor kitchens. You’ll see the larger one soon enough, but let’s finish with the inside first.
The second floor contains four bedrooms, two of which are suites.
The master suite includes a living room with a wet bar and mini fridge.
Patio doors lead to the bedroom, which has a fireplace and plenty of space. It also has two dressing rooms…
… And a sumptuously appointed bathroom with marble tiled floors.
Below it all is a vast finished basement pleasure palace with all kinds of entertainment and leisure options.
The main room includes a full bar, plenty of space for games and a sliding door leading to the stairs to the back yard.
There are several other rooms as well, including a home theater with vibrating reclining seats, a home gym, game room, and an ax throwing track (yes, you read that right). There is also a full bathroom and a shower.
The yard is also landscaped for fun and entertainment. The centerpiece is the huge pool and oversized hot tub. Cabanas line one side of the pool.
A poolside pavilion contains an outdoor lounge and the larger of the two outdoor kitchens. The living room is equipped with a large screen TV, a fireplace and radiators that allow you to enjoy this room almost all year round.
On the other side of the pool is a foyer that can accommodate 14 people.
This house has other cool goodies too. These include zoned surround sound speakers, a laundry room with both a full-size washer and dryer, and a small washer for quick little loads and smart home tech.
So: Is this Ivyland Tudor / Colonial house for sale a mansion or a McMansion? After considering all the amenities that this resort disguised as a house has, do you really care? If you do, consider redoing the rest of its exterior in stone.
THE FINE PRINTING
SPA: 5 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 7 633
SELLING PRICE: $ 2,999,000
OTHER THINGS: A monthly homeowner’s association fee of $ 70 helps maintain the roads in the subdivision.
7 Oxford Dr., Ivyland, PA 18974 [Janet Marchione and Kevin Steiger | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty]