If you are trying to feel important and self-possessed, power posing will only get you so far. To command serious attention and respect, you have to make an entrance that conveys your authority. Enter the grand staircase, leading ideally to a magnificent foyer. Behold some venues for show-stopping entrances.

141 Center Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA
$3,500,000
Make Your Entrance:
To start, this end of the Brandywine Valley is called Chateau Country. The entry hall here is modeled after one in Venice and features heated marble floors as well as an intricate wrought-iron staircase and a second-floor balcony.

820 Newtown Road, Villanova, PA
$3,595,000
Make Your Entrance:
The entryway at this Main Line home extends two stories under exposed timber beams and alongside a killer chandelier. Upstairs another magnificent staircase twists through a stone enclosure with excellent bonus lantern lighting.

2 Dartmouth Road, Haverford, PA
$2,099,000
Make Your Entrance:
Not only do you get to descend a massive, curved mahogany staircase. You get to slowly approach the stairs via a lengthy open balcony overlooking the center hall first. The grand foyer and its enormous chandelier aren't half bad either.

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