227 N BOWMAN AVE
227 N BOWMAN AVE,
A generational opportunity to own one of the few remaining gilded-age Main Line estates. Firmly anchored in Merion Station history, 227 North Bowman has been entirely reimagined by Gardner Fox, preserving dramatic architectural elements, while updating the house and floorplan with every conceivable amenity for casual, modern family living. Extraordinary dimensions and features/finishes throughout are first evident in the center hall, with soaring ceilings, sweeping turned stair with original iron balusters, and grandly scaled windows allowing for incredible natural light. To the right is the ballroom from a bygone era... an architecturally unique, semi-circular room with over-scaled wood burning fireplace and mirroring outdoor patio space. Able to effortlessly accommodate 80-guests for formal, seated functions, up to 120 for lecture style gatherings, and offering incredible indoor/outdoor entertaining opportunities. This nearly 1,000 square foot space offers endless possibilities as a family room with low-slung,'lounge-y' seating, TV area, bar, etc... The original breezeway has been brought indoors, and serves as additional, flexible family space, connecting to both the center hall and ballroom.To the left of the center hall is the library, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and built-ins, fireplace, and hidden TV/theater function complete with Dolby Atmos surround sound. The library opens to both the formal dining room (comfortably seats 14) with commanding limestone fireplace/surround, padded, fabric-clad walls to minimize noise, and access to tiered bluestone patios and the grounds beyond, and the custom kitchen. Kitchen with oversized island featuring seating and work-zones, Subzero refrigerator, pro-style appliances, indoor grill, two dishwashers/sinks, walk-in pantry, separate butler's pantry for coffee/cocktail service, casual banquette seating for eight in the breakfast/morning area, and direct access to the fully outfit mudroom and attached, two-car garage with Tesla charger. Upstairs, the multi-room primary suite features a sitting room w/ custom built-ins and coffee bar w/ under-counter refrigerator, his and hers walk-in closets, direct access to a terrace overlooking the grounds, and luxe, natural stone-clad bath w/ jetted tub, shower w/ frameless glass enclosure, two vanities, separate water closet, and radiant heated floor.. Five additional, well-proportioned second floor bedrooms, all with newer, en-suite baths, including a separate, unique apartment complete w/ kitchenette, living room, dining area, and it's own dedicated, private entrance. Ideal for nanny/au-pair, in-law suite, visiting guests, or a legal, approved Airbnb that generates significant rental income. Unfinished third floor (accessed via straight stairs) with dormer windows allows for further expansion possibilities. Walk-out lower level with his-and-hers gyms, full bath, additional family space, secondary laundry, pantry/storage areas. Current owners have made significant infrastructure/systems and technology investment including extensive restoration of the Ludovici tile roof and select original, historically significant windows, wood-clad replacement windows and doors, installation of 6 independent air conditioning systems, new/re-worked heating system with individual temperature control in each room, and new plumbing and wiring throughout. Prominently sited on a 1.6 acre lot, ringed by mature landscape (by Gordon Eadie) and specimen trees, on ‘the island/circle,’ Merion Station’s most desirable enclave, 227 North Bowman is walkable to the best the Main Line has to offer, and just minutes to Philadelphia’s world-class dining and cultural institutions, public transit, highways, and Philadelphia International Airport. Information regarding the rich history of 227 North Bowman Ave is available by request.