Eagles owner Jeff Lurie got married this weekend to Tina Lai, whose family owns a successful suite of Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown and Cedar Park in West Philadelphia, as well as Fu Wah grocery store, where Tina works as a cashier. Now Tina will, one assumes, move into Lurie’s phenomenal home, Inwood, the 13-acre, four-parcel estate on Cherry Lane in Wynnewood that cost Lurie $14 million in 2007. Before Lurie bought it, the property was the longtime home to philanthropist and media baron Walter Annenberg, who passed away there in 2002.
When Leonore Annenberg first put the property on the market in 2006, she was looking for $15 million, so she got pretty close with Lurie. (Another interested party was said to be auto dealer Robert Potamkin.) The house has incredible amenities–a golf course, a greenhouse, tennis courts, bowling alley, lap pool–some of which Lurie put in after the fact, though the three-hole golf course was Annenberg’s touch. As of time of sale, the main house had 18 rooms and the grounds had woods and a creek. The Annenbergs employed a landscaping staff.
Interestingly, in an article about Walter Annenber’s daughter Wallis in Vanity Fair from 2009, Inwood was described as “a gloomy, heavily wooded 15-acre estate on Philadelphia’s Main Line” where things were so formal and unfun, “you could hear a pin drop.” It’s surely quite different today.