Abington SeniorHigh School
The Green House, 1660 Cloverly Lane in Rydal, was designed in 1964 by Malcolm Wells, the father of environmentally responsible design. The exterior of the home is surrounded by low stucco and stone walls which create a forecourt with heated brick pavers. The dramatic cedar shake roof with purposeful overhangs is a defining feature. Stone piers direct visitors to the front and side entrances. Upon entering, you are greeted by an extension of the exterior’s motif – brick floors throughout, seamlessly blending the outdoors with the indoors. The interior design reflects the exceptional elements of the exterior again with the use of stone piers which support exposed wood trusses and strategically stepped levels defining an open floor concept, providing a visual and spatial quality of design rare today. The interior showcases a marriage of aesthetics and functionality. Copper cabinets and fireplace surrounds highlight the artistic craftsmanship, while a hand carved wood panel beautifully divides the workspace from the eating area, defined by a cantilevered dining table relating to the exterior and interior overhangs. Standing on the balcony of the second floor, there is a striking view of the architectural highlights of the first floor. This residence offers 4/5 bedrooms, ample closets, and captivating views of the lush property. The layout includes three bedrooms on the upper level and 1-2 on the main level, providing a convenient and versatile living space. The heart of the home is the kitchen providing foodies with a commercial range, oversized Subzero refrigerator-freezer combination and a substantial griddle. Entertaining is effortless in this home, with expansive family rooms, one directly connected to the kitchen, sitting rooms and a four-season room extension. The fully finished basement opens up to a lower-level deck, connecting the indoor and outdoor entertainment areas. The rear of the property has a generously sized level yard, offering a canvas for outdoor activities and relaxation. An additional high point of this exceptional property is the oversized pool, complemented by a large hot tub and a beautiful pool house equipped with two full bathrooms and an expansive indoor entertainment area providing the perfect setting for gathering and recreation. The Green House is a fine example of Mr. Well’s design concepts which are still very relevant today. For a comprehensive list of the property’s highlights, please refer to the attached addendum.
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