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Location: Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania
The Skinny: Washington, D.C., architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen has made a name for himself by putting a modernist spin on the gabled rooflines and exterior finishings of New England vernacular architecture. In the early '80s he designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' Martha's Vineyard home; other clients have included Meryl Streep and Life Magazine, for whom he designed a "Dream House" in 1998. Sometime in the period between those two works, he designed a 4,500-square-foot home in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, called "A Village of One's Own," which hit the market for the first time ever in mid-june with an asking price of $1.8M.
The village comparison is apparent from the front, where the 1988 home looks like five separate pavilions crammed together, but from the blue-stone patio behind the home, which three of the four bedrooms open out on, you can see the lower level that further connects them all. Jacobsen's design philosophy has been said to include the phrase "People look good in my homes" as a sort of maxim. With cathedral ceilings, dormer skylights, and a gorgeous library with floor-to-ceiling shelves and a spiral staircase, suffice it to say that the inside wouldn't make anyone look bad. Also included in the sale is a poster bed designed by Jacobsen and a barn-like structure separated from the main house by a 25-foot-wide "village street."
· 1625 Stocton Road [Trulia]