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November 09, 2015

On the Market: French beauties

Four beautiful homes in the French Manor style

On The Market Real Estate
La Lanterne 1 Contributed Art/

A French Manor-style home in Bryn Mawr.

We here at PhillyVoice have previously examined the gorgeous ornamentation of Italian-style homes. Italianate buildings get a run for their money, however, with homes built à la française.

The four mansions below, all built in the French Manor style, rival Versailles in their stunning beauty and grandiose designs. And these chateaux can be yours too, if you just have a few million dollars to spare.

1. Shining with beauty in Bryn Mawr, $5,900,000

La Lanterne 2
(Photo courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach, Realtors)

This stunning seven-bedroom estate in the French Manor style is known as "La Lanterne." The numerous windows help create a warm, sophisticated interior space, but the formal gardens outside are equally impressive.

See the full listing here.

2. Tres élégant in Fort Washington, $4,495,900

Forth Washington Manor
(Photo courtesy of Fox & Roach)

You'd never guess that the Great Depression was in full swing when this home was built in 1936. The paved courtyard with its antique fountain signal that you're about to enter someplace that's quite, quite fancy. The manor is more than 10,000 square feet, and looks it: just the closets alone could fit a small house.

See the full listing here.

3. An epic château in Malvern, $1,299,000

Malvern French Manor
(Photo courtesy of Fox & Roach)

As the listing colorfully puts it, this designed-to-be-awesome home has "an abundance" of marble, especially in the stunning columned foyer. Go through the foyer, however, and you'll see an equally stunning living room with 20-foot ceilings. Magnifique!

See the full listing here.

4. A cozy maison in Miquon, $2,899,000

Miquon Manor
(Photo courtesy of Fox & Roach)

Located on a 10-acre wooded lot, this home offers both privacy and the convenience of living in Montgomery County. It has a few more perks that your average cottage, of course... like the home theater with 130-inch screen, or the grounds with a flagstone patio, sports court and horse stalls. Because you can't really call yourself nobility without owning a few horses.

See the full listing here.