Philly architecture is generally synonymous with colonial structures, industrial-style homes and—along the Main Line—grand stone houses set back on private estates.
That’s why it’s always an exciting moment when a midcentury modern home, like the one at 660 Jeffrey Lane in Wayne, drops on the market.
The five-bed, three-bath home was designed by Robert McElroy, a Philly-area architect whose midcentury homes dot the suburbs around Philly, and listed last week for $650,000.
Like McElroy’s other homes—and many midcentury designs in general—the Jeffrey Lane place incorporates elements of nature and its wooded surroundings into the structure through its open layout and use of windows.
The home’s main level is also its top floor. It opens with a kitchen, which has granite countertops and a skylight. A connected dining room and living room both have floor-to-ceiling windows that embrace the greenery outside. Slanted ceilings and exposed, dark wood beams further accent the living room.
A master bedroom is on the main floor—again, making use of the green space outside with oversized windows. The home is built against an incline, so the lower levels also have outdoor access and plenty of light via floor-to-ceiling windows. A large deck stretches across much of the main floor, overlooking the trees below.