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In the 1980s, Jodie Foster Touched the Bottom of This Home’s Pool

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If ever there were a dubious selling point for a property, it’s this: One scene in the movie Stealing Home was filmed there. Not that Stealing Home wasn’t a good movie–though truthfully, it’s probably not on Martin Scorsese’s obsessive list of films to preserve in fireproof canisters. It’s just that the home has so much more to offer than a single scene in which Jodie Foster dives into the pool to touch its bottom and then surface again.

For one thing, its historical merit goes back far beyond the 1980s, which were–at least in terms of hair products–a decade best forgotten. Named Lynnewood, the 7,000-square-foot, six-bedroom manse has been designated “significant” by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, and is on 3 and a half acres that can be seen from the sun porch or the canopied flagstone terrace.

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Chestnut Hill History Is Unleashed

Baleroy interior, from CHHS Online database.

Baleroy interior, from CHHS Online database.

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society has put more than 11,000 of its photos online. As with PhillyHistory.org, they’re in a database that can be can searched with specific criteria. It’s more fun, however, to click on “Random Images,” which is what we did to come up with the above image, one of a collection of interiors of Baleroy, a grand mansion at 111 West Mermaid.

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