Inner And Outer Space As Far As The Eye Can See

Posted: October 25, 1991


Worcester Township,

Montgomery County


Hillcrest Meadows should suit suburban folks who have a hankering for the city's bright lights.

The view from some second-floor bedrooms at the development offers new suburbanites a faint glimpse of what they left behind. On a clear night, Liberty Place glows dimly in the distance.

But little else about Hillcrest Meadows is reminiscent of city living.

For starters, the builders created room for people who need to store more than monks' garb in their closets.

The most coveted space must be one of the master bedroom walk-in closets in the Renoir model. You not only can walk in this closet, you also can skip, jump and run short sprints in it. In addition to rows and rows of hanging space, there are custom-made built-in shelves equipped to hold several pairs of Madonna's or Imelda's shoes or plenty of a GQ man's sweaters and suspenders.

Pack rats also will be satisfied in the kitchen area, where a walk-in pantry closet could house dozens and dozens of boxes of Cheerios or Lucky Charms, depending on your taste.

Add to those storage areas the linen closets, double-door bedroom closets and coat closets, and only the most squirrel-like people could find storage lacking.

But Hillcrest Meadows also can satisfy those who crave outdoor more than indoor space. These sprawling houses are on huge chunks of land ranging from 1.5 to three acres. Many back yards stretch back far enough to host summer softball games and humongous family reunions.

The back yards also are ideal for tennis courts or swimming pools, according to Mary Grace Sparango, vice president of Pat Sparango Inc.

Not only space but also light is abundant in each of the four models. Bay

windows, windows with transoms, skylights - all of them are included in the costs of the homes, which range from $380,000 to $460,000. The family room in one model features windows on both sides of the room. A sliding glass door that leads to the deck is included in the kitchen.

Each home also gets one skylight, which the buyer can put wherever he or she wants, whether in the master bathroom or the kitchen. Other skylights can be added at extra cost.

Luxury also comes in the form of a butler's pantry, a bidet (which will set you back $750) and a deck. And for those who insist on having the butler use the back staircase, that's available, too.

The 61 homes at the development share 123 acres. Five of the homes have been sold since the development opened in February.

Name: Hillcrest Meadows.

Type of housing: Single-family.

Builder: Pat Sparango Inc.

Number of units: 61.

Price range: $380,000 to $460,000.

Styles: Traditional and contemporary.

Bedrooms: Four to five.

Baths: 2 1/2 to 3 1/2.

Construction: Poured concrete; vinyl, wood or stucco siding; brick, stone or stucco fronts.

Heating: Gas.

Air conditioning: Standard.

Fireplace: Standard.

Garage: Two- to three-car.

School district: Methacton.

Estimated taxes: $4,200 to $4,400.

Insulation*: Walls, R-15; ceiling, R-30.

Floors: Hardwood or ceramic tile in foyer; no-wax vinyl in kitchen; ceramic tile in bathrooms; wall-to-wall carpeting in living areas.

Extra-cost options: Whirlpool tub, alarm system, intercom system, back staircase, additional fireplace, skylights.

Shopping: Montgomery Mall, seven-minute drive; King of Prussia Plaza, 10- minute drive.

Public transportation: SEPTA, five-minute drive.

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.

Directions: Take the Schuylkill Expressway west to Route 202 north. Turn left at Morris Street (at Montgomery County Community College). Turn left on Bethel Road, and the development is on the left.

* Recommended insulation standards for this area are: R-30 ceiling and R-19 walls. The higher the R factor, the better the insulation.

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