There is your standard, patterned wallpaper with errant stippling and flowers and then there is gold chinoiserie wallpaper that looks like it’s straight out of Auntie Mame. This enormous stone colonial in Rydal offers both. The entryway, the kitchen and at least one bathroom offer the standard fare in wallcoverings. The master bedroom features gold walls decorated with sprawling tree branches. The wallpaper is so intense it’s easy to miss the mystery door camouflaged cleverly into the wall.
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
THE FINE PRINT
Baths: 5 full, 3 partial
Square Feet: 6,660
Year Built: 1890
Listing: 1027 Washington Lane Jenkintown, PA 19046 [Kurfiss Sotheby's]
It’s as if they’ve lived parallel lives, Robert Ridarelli and Bruce Toll. They both founded empires based on their names (Bobby Rydell; Toll Brothers) in the 1960s. Rydell was a teen idol with hits like “Volare” and “Wild One.” Toll Brothers was a real estate idol with hits like America’s Best Builder and National Builder of the Year. Bobby Rydell starred in a film. Toll Brothers starred in a film. They both called the Philadelphia area home. A lifetime of synergies.