No, you aren’t seeing double. This one-of-a-kind home in Lancaster, PA, offers up an exterior design inspired by a telescope. The roofline resembles an extending lens as it spreads out for all to see.
Listed for $1.7 million with Marilyn Berger of Keller Williams Elite, the nearly 3,500-square-foot home was built in 1980.
The home, which was renovated in 2010, caught the eye of the architecture world and received coverage in Architectural Digest. Its architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, whose projects include the home of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Martha’s Vineyard, orchestrated the design.
The property takes its cues from traditional German farmhouse style. Cedar-clapboard siding and a brick foundation were used to build the four-bedroom structure, which sits on a nearly 3-acre lot.
However, the rear of the house is artfully modern. Steel-framed angular glass spans all three stories, in a complete flip from the farmhouse exterior at the front.
Throughout the residence, there’s a sense of playfulness. Natural light was a huge factor in the home’s design, through skylights and sliding glass doors to the outside. The Zen-like garden on the property features a pond with a waterfall feature, as well as paths for taking a quick morning stroll.
Two walls of the living room are all windows, with views that showcase the property’s dogwood trees, as well as the two-story patio, which stretches along one side of the home.
An open circular staircase provides function for reaching different levels of the home, but is also extremely stylish. The home’s finished lower level spans 900 square feet and is currently used as a game room.
Should the next owner be a home chef, the kitchen is designed for a pro. A JennAir cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigeration, a warming drawer, center island, and double convection ovens make hosting parties a breeze.
Book lovers and collectors of the decorative arts will swoon for the home’s many storage and display nooks. The library boasts a wall of Jacobsen’s trademark “egg crate” shelves. Built-in file drawers—along with a retractable screen—make the a room a peaceful place to retreat from the world.
Pennsylvania bluestone flooring was used in many of the rooms, and Pennsylvania flagstone was used on the patio. The master suite has a lovely dressing area, a free-standing soaking tub, and a double custom shower—making it a true retreat. The property’s surrounding dogwoods were designed to be seen from the master suite as well.
With views that stretch out across the Pennsylvania landscape, this mix of modernism and farmhouse style is gorgeous from all angles.
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