Contemporary Chestnut Hill Manse Bordering Philadelphia Cricket Club

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

The listing for this contemporary estate in Chestnut Hill pegs its construction somewhere around 1974. Which would make it about 120 years younger than its closest neighbor, the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Like its neighbor, the home features lots of lush green land and plenty of 215 cachet.

The home features five bedrooms and three full baths on just more than an acre of land. Glass doors and wall-sized windows allow plenty of light but the secluded setting ensures privacy. The kitchen is ringed with custom cabinets and also includes a large center island and top-of-the-line appliances like a six-burner Viking stove. A two-story addition makes room for a garden room, family room, TV room and sun room (in another house, these four rooms would be the same). The master suite includes a private bath with a sauna and six enormous closets.
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Spectacular Ceilings in Anglecot Condo

TREND photo courtesy Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy Fox & Roach.

Built in 1883 by Wilson Eyre Jr. (you know him from the Penn Museum and the Swan Memorial Fountain), Anglecot was once a grand single family home. It’s now a grand multi-family dwelling that has been carved into nine very distinct condominiums. Unit B sold last fall. Now Unit D is on the market.

The condo is stretched over three floors of the mansion. It includes three beds and three full baths as well as a powder room. Ceilings on the main living floor are jaw-dropping, likely because what is now the living and dining area was once the ballroom in the original Anglecot configuration. The downstairs also includes two tiled fireplaces and a wall of built-in bookshelves. The galley kitchen features one of two skylights (the other is on the third floor in the studio). The master suite is accessible by a spiral staircase and includes a dressing room, sitting area and Juliet balcony.
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Rex Avenue Arts & Crafts Residence By H. Louis Duhring

208-210 Rex Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

208-210 Rex Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

In 1893, even prior to attending architecture school at Penn, Philadelphia architect H. Louis Duhring worked for one of the more notable architects of his day, Frank Furness (as in Frank Furness who designed Hockley Row, the Baldwin School, and Furness Library), etc.

Duhring must have learned something during his time with Furness because in 1897 he became the first recipient of the Stewardson Traveling Scholarship. The award granted him time in Venice, Italy, where he did extensive sketching. (His drawings from this time period would be used to rebuild the bell tower at St. Mark’s Square after it collapsed in 1902.)

When Duhring returned to Philadelphia in 1898, he started his own firm, and then entered a collaboration with R. Brognard Okie and Carl A. Ziegler under the name of Duhring, Okie & Ziegler. Eventually, Okie and Ziegler left, but in the firm’s early years, they focused on residential development, so that by 1910, Duhring was designing homes for Dr. George Woodward, the developer of St. Martins and Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. (More Duhring info here.)

Duhring played a partial role in the design of this home on Rex Avenue, which he once owned. The front portion of the house is in the 1860s Victorian Italianate “summer” house style, but Duhring designed a four-story wing in the Arts and Crafts style when he was the homeowner. His addition makes the property viable for more than one use: single-family home, multi-unit building or subdivision for new single-family dwellings.

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Gorgeous $5 Million Chestnut Hill Estate with Waterfall

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

The nearly four-acre lot this Chestnut Hill manse sits on could convince us to live there without ever even venturing inside. The rolling grass, the pond, the canal and the waterfall make for a downright arboreal setting.

Inside, the home is sprawled over more than 11,000 square feet of living space. Rooms almost universally feature outdoor access, whether via patio, terrace or balcony. In addition to formal entertaining spaces, there are well-appointed private spaces. Considering the six full and five partial bathrooms, the home appears to feature several metric tons of marble. There is a separate guest wing among the seven bedrooms.
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Mod Chestnut Hill Manse Is a Great Place for Your Art Collection

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TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

Between the excellent lighting and the open floorplan, this Chestnut Hill home looks as if it was designed to house a modern art collection. The current owners have certainly taken advantage of the space and installed some delightful pieces throughout (we love the idea of the Mona Lisa hanging in a chartreuse bathroom).

In addition to the open plan, the home features three bedrooms and three full baths. The living space is wide and airy and the kitchen has mirrored tile and some very orange cabinetry that somehow seems to work in concert with one another.

In addition to the two-car garage, the exterior of the home has two huge features as far as we’re concerned. First, you have a private pathway with your own entrée to Chestnut Hill (OK, so it’s really just a private walk to Norwood Avenue which itself leads into Chestnut Hill, but still!). Next, there appears to be an amazing piece of outdoor art grazing in the back yard. We’re sold if the cow is included in the deal.

THE FINE PRINT
Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Square feet: 3,956
Price: $745,000




TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach
Listing: 104 E. Bells Mill Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19118

Exclusive Gallery: Historic Chestnut Hill Estate Where Louis Armstrong Once Played

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There have been several histories commissioned of this 124-year-old home, and it has had several noteworthy owners. One of its more recent owners was Christopher Lane, the Antiques Roadshow appraiser who co-owns the addictive Philadelphia Print Shop and writes the Antiques Prints blog.

Lane said the back patio was once a performance space for none other than Louis Armstrong, who was there to perform at a wedding. He also mentioned that the home was included in an early book of Country Home and Gardens of Moderate Cost. We wonder whether it would still qualify.

The home is now owned by Kim Dukes, who reports that it was originally built for the founders of the Springside School in Chestnut Hill.

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Carriage House Begs the Question: Chestnut Hill or Europe?

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Tile floors, painted stuccoed pathways and perfectly wild gardens could easily convince you this carriage house was perched somewhere overseas. But then there is the bracketing for the flat-screen TV, the luxury kitchen and the palatial bath endemic to high-end American real estate. This property is actually tucked away in Chestnut Hill privately enough to evoke Europe but close enough to the Chestnut Hill East station to get you to Center City Philadelphia in less than 20 minutes.

With two beds and two baths in 3,200 square feet, rooms in this home are graciously sized and very bright. In addition to the updated kitchen, the first floor includes a family room that opens onto a patio and a guest suite with its own full bath. Upstairs the en-suite master bedroom is adjacent to a great room with wall-sized windows.

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For Sale: Chestnut Hill’s Stonecliffe Has Arcaded Living Area

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If Theophilus P. Chandler were of this generation, he would be what we call “a game-changer.” Unfortunately, he died in 1928. But as founder and president of the American Institute of Architect’s Philadelphia chapter and founder and director of the University of Penn’s Department of Architecture, Chandler was a significant force who elevated the role of architecture in the city’s psyche during the late 1800s.

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Modern Chestnut Hill Home With Spa-Like Master Bath

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Let’s count the ways we can tell this contemporary Chestnut Hill home was owned by a designer:

  1. There is a cut-out in the courtyard, allowing a tree to grow unimpeded
  2. Sleek, clean lines combined with midcentury modern furniture everywhere
  3. Dramatic light fixtures

The listing tells us this home underwent “significant cosmetic and mechanical improvements” while designers owned the home. We assume they include the magnificent kitchen, which features custom cabinetry, Durat countertops, cork flooring and luxury appliances. While everything in this home looks professionally decorated and designed, it may be most readily apparent in what we assume is the master bath. The spa-like atmosphere is emphasized with an oversized soaking tub that looks like something straight out of a Rescue Rittenouse dream.

Outside, the property has been designed just as thoughtfully. The central terrace boasts a built-in grill station, a fire pit and a dining area. A second flagstone patio also provides views of the grounds. The landscaped property also includes an attached two-car garage and a shed as well as a custom-made treehouse.

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