“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 »
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 »
822 N. American St. #4, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos: Jackie Dabrowski via Space & Company
It’s not that often that one sees a home in Northern Liberties with a million-plus price tag, so when one does hit the market, you know there has to be something special about it.
And there’s lots that’s special about this spacious, luxurious townhome, part of a nine-unit development surrounding an intimate courtyard on an equally intimate lane.
From the moment you lay eyes on it, you can see the quality of its construction and design. Read more »
2012 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
Wonder what opulence looked like in the mid-19th century?
Wonder no more, for the architect who restored this gorgeous 1860 brownstone on Spruce Street in Rittenhouse was (almost) totally faithful to the style of the era.
This home was lovingly restored a few years back, with all of the lavish original detailing brought back to a high polish and some 21st-century touches thrown in. Read more »
328-330 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Zillow
We can’t think of any word more appropriate for this property than unreal.
With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three powder rooms, underground parking, an elevator, a rooftop swimming pool, an at-home theater, and more, this imaginative Society Hill mansion is a vision. Even the home’s more traditional features, like the kitchen and breakfast room, are stellar.
The master suite has to be one of the best rooms in the house, though, boasting a sky-lit atrium, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a gorgeous private deck, his and her walk-in closets, and a huge master bath with a steam shower, sauna, jetted tub and four sinks. Read more »
626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg, including TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, unless otherwise indicated
Artist Lynda Howitt draws solace from the sea. She spent her formative years living in an oceanside home in Australia, to which her parents fled to escape the murderous regime of Idi Amin, and her works frequently play on the interaction between sea and sky.
But it was a thoroughly landlocked home in Villanova that captured her fancy when she was looking for a place to live in this country.
She recognized the moment she saw it that she was about to buy an art gallery as well as a home.
“The original owners that we bought it from purposely built it to showcase their amazing art collection,” Howitt said. “Being an artist, I couldn’t help but imagine my own art on the walls when I first viewed the house.” Read more »
40 Harrison Dr., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
We don’t normally use listings from the same town for consecutive weeks’ jawdroppers, but when it’s deserved, we are more than willing to make an exception – and this time around, Newtown Square deserves that exception.
This Delaware County manor home sits on a whopping 12.7 acres of land, which is simply incredible. Besides the six-car garage, the in-ground pool and hot tub combo, the spacious back patio, and multiple gardens, the lot is pretty much empty. We aren’t exactly sure what to make of all that extra space, but the options are clearly limitless for any ambitious homeowner. Read more »
“Thomas Jefferson” welcomes invitees to today’s 500 Walnut topping-off ceremony and introduces developer Tom Scannapieco, to his left. Also on the podium, from left to right: Mayor Jim Kenney, architect Cecil Baker, Intech Construction President Will Schwartz and ULLICO Regional Manager Matthew Downs. | Photos: Sandy Smith; renderings: Cecil Baker + Partners via Scannapieco Development
Is Tom Scannapieco a revolutionary?
“Thomas Jefferson” apparently thinks so, for today’s lunchtime ceremony marking the formal topping-off of Scannapieco Development Corporation’s latest luxury condo tower, 500 Walnut, opened with a character actor playing the Sage of Monticello praising Tom’s vision and boldness.
And there’s no denying that the Cecil Baker + Partners-designed tower makes a bold statement on its site across Walnut Street from Independence Hall.
We’ll get to the ways it does that, and the clever magic trick Baker pulled off, in a bit. But first, some facts and figures: Read more »
2004 Delancey St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images via Century 21 Veterans
It seems that futuristically modern homes are all the buzz lately. So, when we stumbled across this historically exquisite townhome in Rittenhouse Square, we were both refreshed by its rich beauty and taken aback by its enormous size.
Situated on a tree-lined block of the most desirable street in the neighbhorhood, the property boasts six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two powder rooms, nine fireplaces, a solarium, a gymnasium, a library, an au pair or in-law suite, and a two-car garage, amongst other things. The foyer’s 15-foot ceilings highlight the home’s original woodwork. To your left is a formal front parlor followed by a dining room, which is currently being used as a family room. Read more »
7711 Sheaff Ln., Fort Washington, Pa. 19034 | Photos: Halkin Architectural Photography LLC via Long & Foster / Christie’s International Real Estate
We never thought we’d run across a home whose interior space can be expressed in acres.
There’s a first time for everything, it seems, for this home contains 0.85 acres of interior space.
(That’s 36,957 square feet, expressed in conventional terms.)
Yes, you could fit several tract houses inside this Rafael Viñoly-designed masterwork. But why would you want to?
For this expansive home that’s ideally suited for entertaining on a grand scale also offers a high level of intimacy for those moments when you want it. Read more »