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Malcolm Wells-designed home in Cherry Hill seeks $619K

The midcentury modern architect led the "earth-sheltered environments" movement

This Malcolm Wells-designed home in Cherry Hill is on the market for $600,000.
Photos by Ken Stager for Keller Williams

An interesting home in Cherry Hill that has a noted architect tied to it is currently on the market for $600,000.

The five-bedroom, three-full bath home is tucked away on four private acres and was designed by the late Malcolm Wells, often referred to as the father of “earth-sheltered environments.”

Wells, who grew up in New Jersey and whose work is scattered throughout the Cherry Hill area, was one of the leaders of environmentally responsible design. Many of his homes and structures were built partially underground, hence the movement’s name.

Photographer Ken Stager told Curbed Philly that the 3,905-square-foot home, designed in 1954, is “unlike anything I've ever seen in Cherry Hill.” It sits on multiple acres and next to the Cooper River.

Wells used plenty of wood materials that bring warmth to the expansive home, which also features a greenhouse-style kitchen. One of the architect’s apprentices, Jack Williamson, later designed the home’s addition, which features a master suite with wood-paneled, vaulted ceilings.

On the grounds, there’s a large in-ground pool, and, for what it’s worth, the listing states that the lot is zoned for “one horse.”

Have a look at the quirky home below, which originally listed for $619,000.