Jawdropper of the Week: A Château in Villanova for $4.965M

264 Abrahams Ln., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

“They don’t build ’em like they used to.”

Where have we heard this phrase before?

Probably as we were scoping some McMansion in the exurbs.

This spectacular, brand-new, French-inspired country manor in Villanova puts the lie to that statement.

Custom built by George P. Semerjian, this huge new mansion offers the best of everything, and lots of it too. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Private Palace in Gladwyne for $4.45M

1862 Aloha Ln., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Eight acres. Three horse stalls. Infinity pool. Consider us sold!

Contemporary design and a traditional frame combine to make this spectacular transitional mansion unbelievably unique. The outdoors and indoors are seamlessly intertwined to produce a zen oasis on an extraordinarily private piece of property. This recently built custom home was constructed by Hallowell Builders and designed by Voith & Mactavish aAchitects.

The gorgeous, gated mansion overlooks the Schuylkill valley and is surrounded on three sides by the Riverbend Environmental Center. The surrounding area is flourishing with lush trees and shrubs. You can easily enjoy the breathtaking view from the covered terrace year round courtesy of an outdoor fireplace. It’ll keep you warm in the winter months.

Floor-to-ceiling windows are found in the great room. The extravagance certainly doesn’t halt there. The space also features 30-foot ceilings (wow!), exposed fir beams, a linear gas fireplace with floor-to-ceiling stone and a rear bow window.

Porcelanosa flooring spans the kitchen. The cooking area is complete with an island with stainless steel doors and professional appliances.

Other amenities include a greenhouse, home gym, geothermal climate control, radiant heat in the kitchen, mud room and master bath, central vacuum, smart home security and indoor and outdoor music systems.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 4 full, 2 half

SQUARE FEET: 6,884

SALE PRICE: $4,450,000

OTHER STUFF: There’s also a carriage house with kitchen on the property as well as a first-floor guest suite for your visiting friends.



1862 Aloha Ln., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

A Home With Character(s) in Wyndmoor for $4.25M

“Ropsley,” 8745-65 Montgomery Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

The homes that Philadelphia’s “new money” built in Cheltenham Township were generally built to impress, none more so than the over-the-top and still-on-the-market Lynnewood Hall. And there were some very famous names associated with these mansions: Elkins. Widener. Wanamaker. Curtis. Stetson. Stotesbury. Cooke. (Yes, railroad tycoon Jay Cooke built a home in the township.)

This picturesque estate in the Wyndmoor section is far less opulent than Lynnewood Hall, but it has an informal elegance that makes it no less impressive. It also has a couple of illustrious names associated with it: McIlhenny and Poe. Read more »

Gracious Living (Updated) in Penn Valley for $2.695M

50 Righters Mill Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock via The Sivel Group

Main Line elegance has historically come in two principal flavors: opulent and understated.

This handsome home in Penn Valley falls into the latter category.

Designed in the early 1930s by noted local architect Erling H. Pedersen, this English country-style manor makes the most of its hillside location along the Mill Creek valley. Inside, it’s been beautifully updated to incorporate the best elements of 21st-century design; outside, it retains every bit of its original casual, informal beauty. Read more »

On the Online Auction Block: Modern Gothic in Malvern

2137 Union Hill Road, Malvern, Pa. 19355 | Photos via Concierge Auctions

The owner of this magnificent 15-year-old English Gothic Revival estate home in Malvern has spent the last four years trying to find a buyer for it.

Now that owner has decided it’s time to get the whole thing over with.

That means that sometime after 4 p.m. on July 31st, you could walk away with a beautiful traditional home filled with all the modern conveniences if you play your cards right. And if you play them right before the bidding starts, you could even get a break on the price. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Palatial Retreat in Villanova for $15.9M

733 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on 4.5 acres on the Main Line’s “Golden Mile”, this expansive home will make you feel like you’ve gone on a permanent vacation. In addition to its own considerable amenities, this recently built (2002) estate home is within easy striking distance of a golf course, horse stables and riding facilities, tennis courts, jogging and biking paths, lakes and streams for fishing and boating, and a casino. Assuming, that is, that you’d want to leave this sumptuous home to take advantage of them, for it’s outfitted with many snazzy amenities of its own. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: The Ultimate Sanctuary in Malvern for $2.75M

25 Mountain Laurel Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | Photos © SASbecker Photography via Dana Zdancewicz, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning.”

—T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

It may be the end of the beginning for the owners of “The End of the Beginning,” but fortunately for you, they are giving you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write the beginning of Chapter Two.

If you choose to take them up on the offer, you will assume stewardship — “ownership” isn’t quite the right term — of a truly unique ensemble of buildings that will make you feel better for living in them and sharing their bounty with your family, friends and guests.

For this estate, whose name is taken from the T.S. Eliot passage above, represents the marriage of an architect with a unique design philosophy and owners with an appreciation for both nature and art. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Party Palace in Newtown for $7.9M

Undisclosed address, Newtown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

New Hope is legendary for its parties, and we’re not talking the nonstop party that is Main Street. The people who live in the lovely homes in and around the town keep things hopping with house parties throughout the year.

We’ve been to our share of these, but New Hope’s got nothing on this spectacular estate in Newtown that’s built for entertaining.

Your guests will go gaga the moment they walk through the front door of this huge (14,000 square feet) mansion and encounter the magnificent two-story foyer, and they’ll be just as wowed by the two-story-high living room with its gas fireplace and wall of glass. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Rural Splendor in New Hope for $5.995M

6356 Meetinghouse Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

6356 Meetinghouse Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

We know that New Hope is home to many stunning, one-of-a-kind properties, but rarely ever do we find one that sits on 92.7 acres of land. Tucked at the end of a winding driveway, this gated estate will have you in awe.

Cross Creek Farm, as the estate is known, sits in the scenic Aquetong Valley in Solebury Township, the municipality that surrounds New Hope and shares its acclaimed school district with it. The magnificent home at the center of the estate was built in 1992, but it has that timeless character of a classic center-hall Colonial.

The interior of the home is just as impressive as the land it sits on. Highlights of the main floor include a butterfly staircase in the foyer, two islands with bar seating in the kitchen, beautiful views in the breakfast room, and built-ins in the study. Formal dining and living rooms, a conservatory, and a laundry room finish off this floor. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Year: “The American Versailles” in Mahwah for $48M

"Darlington," Mahwah, N.J. 07430 | Images via Christie's International Real Estate

“Darlington,” Mahwah, N.J. 07430 | Images via Christie’s International Real Estate

Words fail us.

That’s because it’s impossible to fully capture in words the over-the-top elegance of this 58-room mansion in Mahwah, N.J., about 25 miles outside New York City.

But since we get paid to write them, we’ll spill a few anyway.

“Darlington” is the name of this larger-than-life English Gothic Revival mansion, built by railroad heir George Crocker in 1907 as a private retreat from the hustle and bustle of New York. Read more »

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