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These increasingly cool mornings are really making us miss summer and this Radnor Township home isn’t helping matters: nestled on a little more than 2.5 acres, the Georgian brick manse has an outdoor lap pool on the second floor. According to the listing, the pool’s location allows for an easy view of the property’s formal gardens and koi pond.
Rest assured, though, a second-story swimming pool isn’t its only remarkable feature. Arriving at the home you’re met with a pebbled and brick walled courtyard that reminds us of another area home with distinct elegance; while inside, formal rooms include a library with fireplace and built-in glass paned bookcases and living room with French doors opening directly to the flagstone patio. Speaking of which, the patio runs along the back and extends the entire length of the house.
We’re filing this one under Jaw Dropper – though it would have undoubtedly fit our Main Line and Farmhouse features too – because, well, it’s incredible. Formerly a barn nestled in Radnor Township, the renovated and restored property now functions as a residential piece of eye-candy overlooking “The Willows,” a lush 47-acre township park.
Inside, the home flaunts striking original stone walls accented with distinct millwork and gas fireplaces. Beautiful woodwork is spread throughout, making appearances in the wood-paneled executive office and the wood-ceilinged (and window-surrounded) breakfast room. Other rooms of note include a fitness space, bar, second caterer’s kitchen, gender-segregated bathrooms, billiard area, and in-law suite with office. The kitchen, too, is vaunted as exceptional what with its custom finishes and double Subzero refrigerators and freezers.
Yes, it has a stunning 2007 Arnold Infinity lap pool on a parcel landscaped by Gale Nurseries, but now that we’ve got your attention, let us direct you inside the home…
First up, the grand reception hall, a foyer that for once is described without exaggeration as it extends from the home’s entry to a rear terrace overlooking the pool and yard. Refinished wood floors are throughout this first level, including the kitchen, which comes with an eleven-foot granite island. Fireplaces are located in the dining, living, family, and formal parlor rooms, as well as the cherry library, which comes with the added bonus of a sliding ladder (don’t get any ideas…). One of our favorite parts of the home though is the mudroom, which, true to its name should come in handy on days with exceptional precipitation thanks to its individual lockers, boot bench, and pet/boot bath.
Standing across from Wayne Elementary School is this historical property, which in addition to being on the market for the very first time, has been fully renovated into a pristine residence vying for occupancy.
Originally a Welsh stone farmhouse built in 1765, the property now claims a sprawling new addition consisting of a wood-beamed chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances and built-in wine and ice bar. There also appears to be central booth seating with lower level cabinets (of course that could be decor–what do you think?). Furthermore, general updates to the home (including those relating to coloring and windows) have been crafted to be historically accurate.
Whether you’ve enjoyed a stay or simply daydreamed of walking on the hills of Tuscany, this Radnor Township home helps that memory stay alive–almost as if it never ended!
Situated on a secluded 3-acre parcel, the property sits atop a 70-foot long geologic natural stone walled driveway and has several flowering trees and specimen plantings surrounding it. It’s super private, to be sure, but is convenient in that it’s within walking distance to public amenities like the Radnor Dog Park, Radnor Trail, and Radnor train station.
You wouldn’t think this four-acre Main Line residence had any surprises in store for us since it starts out simple enough: two picturesque speakeasy doors leading into an impressive foyer, wrought iron staircase, random width floors, even period fireplaces in the living and dining rooms.
The kitchen, too, boasts amenities akin to homes of this caliber: stainless steel appliances, marble island, walk-in pantry and a bonus desk area. Trussed beams and a wet bar mudroom are family room features, while extra miscellaneous rooms include a library, wine cellar and au-pair suite above one of the garages.
Among the buildings to architect George U. Rehfuss’ credit, Hollybrook is one of them. Commissioned by Lewis K. Brooke, Rehfuss stylized the building after Brooke’s brother’s adjoining cape-style house. Lack of historical notes leaves the case for brotherly imitation as flattery vs. “Lewis, stop copying me!” unresolved.
In any case here is what the home’s layout consists of: dining and living rooms with original leaded glass French doors leading to a veranda and patio, den off the living room, upstairs family room (or potential studio / play area), and a full basement.
Eye-catching features include original oak hardwoods (some of which have framed hardwood and diagonal inserts) and soft coved ceilings throughout, plus a rough-stone fireplace inside the glass veranda. There’s also 4-car garage with a carport and the Radnor Trail is nearby. Gallery below.
With Rock Rose, new owners don’t have to wonder who lived there before them. Built in 1912 and designed by Zantzinger, Borie and Medary–an architecture firm who contributed to the design of the Philadelphia Museum of Art–the Rock Rose estate has only had two families reside in it since its construction.
First came Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Rowland, the latter known for hosting “brilliant entertainments.” After Mr. Rowland’s passing, his wife leased the property to a Mr. and Mrs. Brook, the missus being the former Lucile Carter, a survivor of the 1912 Titanic disaster.
Lucile was heralded as a heroine for having helped row one of its lifeboats, and would later claim she went through the ordeal alone with her two children as then-husband William Ernest Carter had not aided them. Two years after the disaster, they divorced and Lucile went on to marry George Brooke. The new couple moved into Rock Rose in late 1916, only to have a fire break out sometime in December. Apparently multiple fire companies were called, but only one arrived in time because the others had difficulty in finding the entrance. More on what become of Lucile here. Read more »
The famous “Philadelphia Story” land — represented on behalf of two family trusts by Edgar Scott III — has been the subject of ongoing neighborhood debate until developer Scott and Radnor Township commissioners brokered a compromise: The township’s planning commission would okay Scott’s plans for between 62 and 75 houses as long as the township had an opportunity to buy a tract or three to serve as green space.
And that’s exactly what’s happened: According to the Main Line Times’ Linda Stein:
Radnor Township has announced an $11.6 million deal to buy 71.03 acres of Ardrossan Farm at Darby Paoli and Newtown roads. If approved by the Board of Commissioners, the township plans to purchase the 27.65-acre Wheeler field, the 16.3-acre quarry tract and the 27.04-acre Rye field. The township land will be used for trails, wetlands and woodland preservation and protection of the viewshed.