Jawdropper of the Week: A Modern Jewel in Bryn Athyn for $2.9M

2860 Paper Mill Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Our first reaction on seeing this listing in the course of searching for homes with great porches for next month’s print issue was, “Wow!”

Our second, upon researching it, was, “That poor owner. He thought he had sold the place last year. He must be really sad to have to hang around this place for another year.”

Frankly, we wouldn’t have shed a tear over the lost sale were we living in this true Midcentury Modern jewel, for we’d be very reluctant to leave it.

We suspect you will have the same reaction after checking out some of the pictures. Read more »

Fingers Crossed: Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House is Under Contract

Inside the Pitcairn House

Inside the Pitcairn House

We don’t want to jinx it, but the Pitcairn House in Bryn Athyn is under contract. The listing recently changed hands to Frank Blumenthal of Keller Williams Realty, who confirmed that a deal is “slated to go to settlement in about three weeks, like the middle of August.”

The masterpiece was designed by legendary modernist architect Richard Neutra and built between 1958 and 1962. We begged someone to snap it up (and give us a tour?) in February. It looks like that’s finally happened.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Will Someone Please Buy Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House Already?

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby's

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s

One of the most beautiful examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the region is still on the market. Hidden away in the hills of Bryn Athyn, the Pitcairn House was built between 1959 and 1962 by the legendary Richard Neutra and recently underwent a healthy $900,000 price cut in January. It’s now available for $3.95 million.

If you’ve been following along at home, that’s over $2 million in reductions since it hit the market in March of last year. We have but one word to describe the property, the architecture and those reductions: damn. Read more »

Richard Neutra Masterpiece in Bryn Athyn Is Up for Sale for $6 Million


The Pitcairn House, designed by legendary modernist architect Richard Neutra, has just been listed with Sotheby’s Real Estate at $6 million. Built between 1959 and 1962, the house has many classic Neutra hallmarks, including (and most importantly) its location: at the top of a ravine in the woods on more than 10 conserved acres within the protected Pennypack Preserve. With floor-to-ceiling windows and living spaces built around a courtyard, residents are immersed in the natural world, just as Neutra intended, surrounded by wildlife and with views of Pennypack Creek and groves of beech and maple trees. It’s a front-row seat to seasonal change.

As for the particulars of Neutra’s other architectural decisions, let’s turn to the listing itself, which is — as always with Sotheby’s and in contrast to virtually every other brokerage — informative and well-written:

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$2 Million McMansion With Gigantic Silver Boot in the Foyer

This is unprecedented, this giant silver boot. But with almost 7,000 square feet in the upper levels of this 6-bedroom, 6-bath home, there is plenty of room. There is also a finished basement with a separate entrance, which has more than 4,000 square feet — enough for a giant bootie.

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