Pat Croce’s Villanova Estate to Go to Auction [Gallery]

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Pat Croce — former president of the 76ers; author of inspirational New York Times bestsellers; self-described pirate; museum founder; and Key West habitué and bar owner — put his Lower Merion Colonial on the market for $7.95 million at the end of last year.

Now Croce has entered into an agreement with Premiere Estates Auction Company to bring the 10,500- square-foot home to auction on Oct. 25 “to accelerate the sales process,” as a Premiere spokesperson puts it. It’s an absolute auction, which means that there’s no going back — the highest bid will take the property. Absolute auctions can be intriguing if there’s the possibility that no one shows up except a homeless guy who read about it in the paper at the Free Library, and has a crumpled dollar in his pocket but nothing more.

This isn’t Trading Places, though. When there’s an auction for an estate like this one, rest assured it will bring more than a dollar, and from someone who knows real estate and the Main Line. If I were a betting gal…well, but I’m not (I’m sorry, Atlantic City. I haven’t helped at all).

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On the Market: Two Society Hill Rowhouses Between Delancey and Pine

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Two homes, both alike in dignity in fair Society Hill where we lay our scene… Alike in dignity, indeed. These two homes, which sit side by side on the 300 block of South Third Street, are on the market, and I can’t decide whether it might have been an amusing happenstance the neighbors laughed off or if there’s underlying tension regarding who sells their home first and at what price.

Or maybe it’s no big deal. (Although, this thread on the etiquette of listing at the same time as your neighbor begs to differ.)

What the two have in common is an interior that’s at odds with their historic facades– but not in a bad way. They both appear as modern as the younger properties in Graduate Hospital, while still preserving charming historical notes. For example…

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Hollybrook: Unique $1.4M Residence in Radnor

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Among the buildings to architect George U. Rehfuss’ credit, Hollybrook is one of them. Commissioned by Lewis K. Brooke, Rehfuss stylized the building after Brooke’s brother’s adjoining cape-style house. Lack of historical notes leaves the case for brotherly imitation as flattery vs. “Lewis, stop copying me!” unresolved.

In any case here is what the home’s layout consists of: dining and living rooms with original leaded glass French doors leading to a veranda and patio, den off the living room, upstairs family room (or potential studio / play area), and a full basement.

Eye-catching features include original oak hardwoods (some of which have framed hardwood and diagonal inserts) and soft coved ceilings throughout, plus a rough-stone fireplace inside the glass veranda. There’s also 4-car garage with a carport and the Radnor Trail is nearby. Gallery below.

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Classic Stone Mt. Airy Home with Delightful Playroom and Plenty of Built-Ins

TREND photo courtesy Elfant Wissahickon.

TREND photo courtesy Elfant Wissahickon.

There is a lot to love about this stylish Mt. Airy home. The stone facade is classic, the hardwood floors are gleaming, the kitchen is new and there is roof deck potential. But our favorite detail is the third-floor playroom, which has been made over as Mt. Airy’s own private family Småland, replete with all of the Swedish retailer’s most colorful children’s accessories.

Down on the ground floor, the home features a handsome foyer that gives way to a living room with fireplace and built-in cupboards. The brand-new kitchen features a built-in of its own: an island-style gas stovetop range. There is a breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen with richly patterned wallpaper and yet more built-in storage. Upstairs the five bedrooms are split between the second and third floors, most with adjoining bathrooms. The third floor has room for one bedroom, a bath, and the darling playroom.
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Must-See Gallery: Moorestown Home With An Interior You Won’t Believe

328 W Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, 08057

328 W Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, 08057

In 2004, John Kunkler spontaneously signed the first papers to an 1843 former tenant house, which he had previously rebuffed while house-hunting with partner Carol Williamson. What happened next turned into one of the more creative redesigns Property has seen in a while.

According to a 2008 2008 Inquirer article, the couple hired architect Thomas Wagner and design firm Goldthorpe & Edwards (whose portfolio makes us go Ohh, I see when juxtaposing it with this home) and set off on a whirlwind remodeling that included the property being expanded from 1,200 square feet to a sizable 4,000 square feet.

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Chester County’s Belgrave Farm: 36 Acres and Magnificent Private Waterfall

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

Somehow, the dramatic, tree-lined driveway is not the most theatrical element at Belgrave Farm. Nor is it the stunning kitchen nor the vast, 36-acre plot of land. The most breathtaking detail at the 200-year-old Chester County farm is the enormous waterfall out back, which flows into a pristine private pond.

The interior is impressive all on its own. The home has a meticulous design, which architect Peter Zimmerman has added to via a series of additions. The kitchen features high-end appliances throughout, and seven bedrooms fill the upper floors. Views span the Ridley Creek stream.
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For Rent: Chase Utley’s Phenomenal Ayer Penthouse [UPDATE]

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Update 9/4/2014 5:04pm: Kurfiss Sotheby’s Melanie Stecura got in touch with us to clarify a few things, most importantly that the unit is still for sale even though it is also available for rent. That change is reflected below, along with two others referring to the Utleys’ current home.

BHHS Fox & Roach’s Frank L. DeFazio sent us a link to his blog today, which features an item about Chase Utley’s condo at the Ayer. As we’ve written, Chase and Jen renovated a house last year, and they put this fantabulous unit on the market in October 2013. In March of this year, feeling wary about the fact that the unit had no furniture in it anymore, they had it re-staged, hoping that would give the $4.3 million home the kick it needed.

Now DeFazio notes that the listing is available as a rental for $17,500 per month. (The monthly condo fees are around $4,000 per month, DeFazio writes.) It’s a beautiful unit. Gallery below, in case you’ve forgotten.



Rent Chase Utley’s Penthouse at The Ayer for $17,500 per month! [Center City Team]
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Pending Sale for $5.2M: Villanova Estate “Conamara”

TREND photo via Realtor.com

TREND photo via Realtor.com

Conamara (the traditional spelling for Connemara) is the name of a picturesque area in West Ireland. It’s also the name of this Villanova estate that sits on more than 10 acres of the vaunted Ardrossan land, where Hope Montgomery Scott–the inspiration for Katherine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story–once lived it up.

After being listed on the market for $7,695,000, it was slated for auction in April 2013. According to public record, it sold in July 2013 for $4 million and was placed on the market just weeks later for $5.25. Now, little more than a month later, it’s pending sale at that same price.

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Woodward French Village House Is Back on the Market

419 Gate Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119

419 Gate Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119

In spite of its two-day period back on the market, the home has been attracting attention for much longer. A few years ago, Alan Jaffe included the property on a piece about the French Village in Mt. Airy in PlanPhilly’s “Look Up!” Here’s a snippet talking about the architectural history of the neighborhood:

“The French Village, whose homes are found on Elbow Lane, Gate Lane and Allens Lane, was built in easy walking distance from the Mt. Airy train station, as the area became a railroad suburb for the affluent businessmen and professionals of Philadelphia. The homes were built in the Wissahickon Style, incorporating the local mica schist, generous green landscape and flowing streams.

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House of the Week: Stunningly Creative 7BR

This property in Point Breeze aka Newbold is actually two: 1410 and 1412 Tasker, just off Broad Street. The entry is through 1410, leading to an open floor plan of 1410 and 1412. Let’s take this floor by floor. I’m relying heavily on the listings copy here to reduce any confusion.

On the first floor, there’s a brand new double height kitchen with stainless steel appliances, six-burner Thermador stove, granite countertops, and a double porcelain sink. The downstairs bathroom is sweet: claw foot bathtub and glass tile walls inside, with glass doors that lead to an outside private garden with a hot tub. The living room has wood burning fireplace, and, as in the kitchen and bathroom, painted concrete floors with radiant heat.

The second floor is where 1410 and 1412 kind of split. So in 1410 there’s a reading nook with a catwalk (!), a den with painted pine floors and then access to a decked area that links 1410 to 1412, which has another bedroom with pine floors but also with a Bay window. And this side of the second floor — 1412 — also has a renovated bathroom with a hex tile floor with radiant heat.

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