Villanova Property Where Will Smith Stayed Now Comes With Bentley Convertible


Associate broker Robin Gordon is one the top producers on the Main Line, having sold more than $1 billion of real estate in roughly 15 years, according to her marketing manager husband Michael Gordon. Now, Michael tells us, Robin is trying something new: She’s offering a fast-settle incentive of a two-year lease of a Bentley Continental GT convertible. Feel the wind in your hair! In your very well-coiffed hair! Realtor Michael says he thinks this car lease, courtesty FC Kerbeck, could start a new trend in luxury-home promotions, and that doesn’t seem far-fetched. Remember Caryn Black’s extravagant open house? That also featured luxury cars in a prominent role.

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Huge Newtown Home Indulges Mild Obsession With Ceiling Beams

Front view of 55 Maher Lane, Newtown, PA

Front view of 55 Maher Lane, Newtown, PA

This European country manor-style home is lovely on the outside, even verging on cute. Look at the pretty little fountain in the courtyard! And the small topiary!

Inside, the elegant living room (with yellow walls, by the way) has a chandelier hanging from very high ceilings. Back at ground level, a marble-surrounded fireplace with a fine mantle piece sits adjacent to light-generous windows and French doors leading to a private terrace.

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Splendiferous Interiors: Magnificent Objects From Vaux Hill Mansion Go Up for Auction Tomorrow


The phenomenal Vaux Hill in Phoenixville should rightly be a Winterthur-style tourist attraction with a Gettsyburg spin. According to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, it was originally a 300-acre farm purchased by James Vaux in 1772. Vaux was an amateur scientist, but a successful and influential one:

At his farm, James carried out scientific experiments in agriculture, becoming the first person to cultivate red clover in America, and also pioneered the use of anthracite coal for heating and cooking purposes. Accounts of his experiments can be found in early editions of the Franklin Institute Journal.

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Greater Philadelphia’s Four Richest People: Where They Live

Our friends over at Philly Post tell us the Forbes 400 is out–aka “ The Richest People In America” list–and four people within our Greater Philly universe have made the list.  For those wondering how the other half lives, so to speak, here’s what we know about their residences.

Mary Alice Dorrance Malone
Coatsville, PA

Iron Springs Farm from VirtualGlobeTrotting

Image of Iron Springs Farm via VirtualGlobeTrotting

The Campbell Soup heiress operates Iron Springs Farm, which breeds, sells and develops champion Warmblood and Friesian stallions. Should you be an animal person interested in cooing over foals, go quickly to the Farm’s Facebook page, where you may catch a glimpse of life on the farm.

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Borie Estate Makes Rare Appearance on Market

To say it’s rare to see the Borie Estate for sale is a tremendous understatement. This offering marks only the fourth time the manse has been listed in 200 years.

Originally home to Charles Louie Borie (a chief architect for the Philadelphia Museum of Art), the estate is fit for a regal art collection. The interior spaces of the property are sumptuous, featuring plenty of exposed beams, marble fireplaces and leaded glass windows. That’s in addition to the six bedrooms and five full plus three partial bathrooms in the nearly 7,000 square feet inside.

Outside, the greens on the three-acre estate are something out of The Secret Garden. There are paths and fountains and meticulously manicured hedgerows. The property includes a wall made from hedges and an arboretum’s worth of mature trees. Many ring the Olympic-sized pool and garden sculptures. And if the weather is too foul to enjoy the gardens and pool, there is an absolutely swoon-worthy jacuzzi situated under some very dramatic eaves overlooking the gardens.

All photos by Drew Callaghan Photography

Beds: 6
Baths: 5 full, 3 partial
Fireplaces: 7
Square Feet: 6,660
Year Built: 1890
Price: $2,500,000
Listing: 1027 Washington Lane Jenkintown, PA 19046  [Kurfiss Sotheby's]


Pools Hardly Compare to the Closets in Luxury Meadowbrook Estate

Luxury estates like this one always include fabulous exterior spaces. Impeccably manicured lawns. Pools and tennis courts beckoning you to relax. Driveways that wind through groves of perfect trees. This nearly 100-year-old stone colonial boasts all of the above, but the real treasure is on the inside: closets.

In addition to six other bedrooms and bathrooms, the property boasts an enormous master suite. The dual bathrooms ( marble, of course) enclose a cavernous closet area that includes its own dressing room. Decorated in the style of a posh boutique, the dressing room is kitted out with its own lovely chandelier and vanity.

Beds: 7
Baths: 8
Square Feet: 9,800
Year Built: 1920
Price: $1,999,995
Listing: 1105 Wrack Road Meadowbrook, PA 19046 [Prudential Fox & Roach]

Retreat to a Tuscan-Style Villa in Malvern With Indoor Spa

Some people like the privacy and climate control of an indoor pool and spa. Others need to feel the sunshine on their shoulders and do their laps in outdoor pools only. Still others prefer fresh water. This sprawling estate satisfies all comers, featuring indoor and outdoor pools as well as a spring-fed pond complete with its own spring house.

The estate – situated on 21 acres – is separated into three wings, delineating entertaining from private spaces easily. The bounty of wrought iron, marble and grotto features befit a proper six-bedroom, seven-bath villa.

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Luxury Newtown Square Estate With Solarium and Shooting Range

To start, this estate’s wine room is significantly bigger than some studio apartments we’ve seen. And sure, many a manse features a bar and a library and and an opulent, dark-wood, leather-bedecked study. But this one also includes its own solarium and underground shooting range.

The property also features eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms as well as a billiards room and tennis courts. The pool behind the flagstone verandah is opulent enough that one wonders when Tracy Lord will appear with her model of the True Love.

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Property’s Luxe Life: 50-Acre Bucks County Estate With Saltwater Pool and Mini Waterfall

Today it’s all about the fancy: the “oh!” in “ostentatious,” the photo-ops of opulence, the dance of abundance. It’s Property’s Luxe Life.

This estate is so well-equipped we can’t really think of anything it lacks except maybe a shark tank. Home theater? Check. Salt-water pool with a waterfall feature? Check. Elevator, wine cellar, tennis court, private pond stocked with fish? You betcha. The main house has a library so traditional-looking it even comes with a stern but loving grandfather. Not really. The kitchen has a country design aesthetic, all white wood cabinets and brassy hardware, which is sort of fun after looking at too many ultra-modern kitchens.

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House of the Week: Magnificent 1860 Brownstone Listed for $4.3 Million

This 19th-century brownstone at 20th and Spruce is simply exquisite. From the boxed wainscoting and triple crown molding to the hand-carved door frames and carved plaster ceilings, each detail is gasp-inducing. There are nine fireplaces, each of them unique, and a five-story atrium with two skylights. Only the kitchen lacks a bit of the spectacular.

From a practical perspective, the home has two-car gated parking with an ice melt system, and it is, without question, in a superb location–both in terms of convenience and investment potential.

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