This week’s featured home for Main Line Monday is perfect for anybody who prefers a little peace and quiet. Tucked amongst the woods on a hilltop, this stone and stucco carriage house in Gladwyne is surrounded by trees, and has winding stone pathways that lead you between the garage, the home, the pool, and the house’s two koi ponds.
Let’s take a trip out to Gladwyne for a moment to check in on an impressive estate chock full of amenities, columns and space. Gladwyne, as you know, is a familiar location for the Main Line Monday feature, as secluded hideaways and houses-with-names often fill our minds with wonder.
While it doesn’t have a name (that we know of, but you could name it!), the home at 1500 Spring Mill Road is everything you’d expected in a big time listing on the Main Line. Behind the front gate is a 1.8-acre property that holds a massive home (over 15,000-square-feet!) that boasts a grand two-story entryway filled with arches, columns, shimmering floors and fine Venetian plaster walls.
Not impressed? Turn the corner and check out to two-story limestone fireplace (and wrought-iron balcony) in the great room, it’s like taking respite in the lobby of a grand hotel.
Mark your calendars, auctioneers, because the mouthwatering Glenlaurel estate in Gladwyne just got a lot more interesting: the Main Line beauty will go to auction and sell without reserve to the highest bidder. Till then, open houses will be held daily between 1 to 4pm.
Something of a mini castle, the home was designed by Walter Durham in a style reminiscent of English Norman manors. As mentioned in our previous coverage of Glenlaurel, the property boasts a swimming pool, lighted tennis court, spring fed pond and more than three acres of landscaped grounds. Inside Glenlaurel offers newer bathrooms, finished basement, and a turret staircase leading to the master suite. Specs and photos below.
Almost saved this one for Friday, but we just couldn’t wait to share it with you! Listed last week for a cool – brace yourself, now – $3.5 million, the Valley View estate in Lower Merion finds itself on the market for the second time in sixty years. Quick, get thee to the gallery below before it disappears for another couple of decades!
Situated on more than two acres, the property consists of a stone Pennsylvania farmhouse, three-car garage, and heated swimming pool with hot tub. The Valley View main residence claims 8,000 square feet of living space, including a fully renovated basement with a 1,200-bottle wine cellar. One of its neatest features, though, is the custom wall covering depicting New York Harbor circa 1860 in the formal dining room.
Ah, Gladwyne, we have but one question for you. How the hell do you do it? It seems like our pick for Main Line Monday is always a toss up between a fantastic home in Gladwyne and then the rest of the Main Line. Our most recent installment is a special one, and we even have to admit, it’s going to be difficult to top.
Originally constructed in 1835, Fernside Cottage pretty much as it all: history, high design, privacy and, of course, luxury. The listing states that the humble mill worker’s house dates back to 1835 and was converted into a single-family home by Dr. Seymour DeWitt Ludlum, the founder of the “lost” Gladwyne Colony. It was eventually gobbled up by Campbell’s Soup magnate John Dorrance and incorporated into Dolobran, his sprawling estate now known as Linden Hill, another Gladwyne Jaw Dropper. More recently, the home was renovated with a modernist addition by Daniel Evan White, a noted architect from British Columbia who has designed some seriously impressive residences, mainly in the Vancouver area.
So, what do you get for nearly $5 million? It’s ain’t just about the history.
When it comes down to it, Greta Garbo really might have lived in any one of the Main Line’s grand mansions had she elected to grace the area with her presence every now and then. But according to hearsay that’s been passed down through the decades, “River House,” a Schuylkill River-side residence in Gladwyne, this is the one she might have lived in. Per the listing:
Legend has it that “River House” was built for Leopold Stokowski, director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and his lover, famed film star, Greta Garbo, but following a disagreement, they never acquired the home.
We can’t vouch for that conjecture, but it is true that Stokowski and Garbo appeared to have been friends and travel companions. In any case, River House went on to belong to another set of artistic types, in this case Helen Tyson Madeira and Louis C. Madeira IV. The Madeiras, who purchased the property in 1940, lived there “for nearly three-quarters of a century.” Now, the home is on the market for the first time since they acquired it.
Set on two tree-filled acres and facing Gladwyne’s Rolling Hill Park, this contemporary lodge residence on Rose Glen Road is just as scenic as you might imagine. Taking full advantage of this is the home’s living room, which has a two-story glass wall taking in the woodsy scene.
It’s not totally Walden Pond though. Aside from not having a natural body of water within the vicinity, the property, within walking distance to Gladwyne Village, is one of several amenities: wet bar; family room with swimming pool access; and a wood-wrapped, cathedral-ceilinged master suite with twelve (!!) custom closet doors on the second level.
Where to begin with this classic stone estate in Gladwyne? Let’s start at the very beginning with the fact that it was originally designed in 1932 by Walter Durham, the noted architect behind many, many esteemed residences throughout the region.
More recently, the nearly 4-acre estate has been fully renovated with high-end amenities. It’s tough to say which room is the standout. On one hand, you have the amazing living room with vaulted ceilings spanned by gorgeous exposed beams and wrapped in original stone walls and a fireplace. In the other, there’s the spacious master bedroom with lavish master bath–seriously, just look at that set up.
Its design was inspired by the French Norman style and it seems more like a picturesque village from a different time than what Linden Hill actually is: a private, fifty-plus-acre estate about twenty-five minutes from Philadelphia.
Edmund Gilchrist, the architect behind the Lewis Tower (now Aria) and other fine estates around the area, designed this the sprawling compound for a wealthy stockbroker named Rodman E. Griscom between 1928 and 1931. The latter was the son of Clement Griscom, who hired the legendary Frank Furness to create the family’s Dolobran estate in Haverford. And so, Rodman dubbed his residential masterpiece “Dolobran II” for good measure.
Now, there are not too many homes in the area that have five-minute mini-docs on YouTube, but in this case we’re not surprised to see Linden Hill does. Aside from vaunting two pools, tennis court, an aviary, and a ten-car garage, the Gladwyne estate is the former home of the Dorrance family, the dynasty behind the Campbell’s Soup Company.
It’s got a pretty name, and, fortunately, it offers so much more than that too. Glenlaurel, a stone and slate home by Durham and Irvine, is one of those regal Main Line residences that’s not only situated on three-plus-acres of “meticulously landscaped grounds” with mature trees and a spring fed pond, but was constructed in the style of an English Norman manor to boot. Throw in a pool and lighted tennis court and you’ve got yourself an impressive home.
In addition to its five bedrooms, the home’s service quarters provide three extra bedrooms. Recent changes to the house include renovated baths, refaced Poggenpohl kitchen cabinetry, and a finished lower level and covered rear terrace. A guest house / three-car garage has also been renovated and enlarged. It’s most visibly charming feature from the outside, however, must be the turret, which houses a turned staircase to the bedroom level where a master suite awaits.