That Game of Thrones-ish Mansion in Villanova is Pending Sale

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Haverford.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford.

Things seem to be looking up for this formidable Delaware County estate, which at the beginning of the year was listed for $2,349,000 followed by a series of price cuts, delistings, re-listings, price raises, and more cuts. The medieval-style mansion has, as Shannon Rooney noted in January, a distinct Game of Thrones air to it and no one was biting.

That is until now.

Redfin says the home is contingent, which means someone might finally be in the process of sealing the deal on the grand property. And what a home they’ll have! In addition to the lovely particulars inside (hand carved millwork, limestone accents, leaded glass windows, and a 20-foot beamed ceiling), the 2-plus-acre grounds seem to call out from a different time: gardens, stone walls, reflecting pond, and several terraces.

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Houses with Names: Au Vallon

Au Vallon - 1850 W Montgomery Ave

If you hear that a home has a name, chances are you’re in for a treat. This ultra luxe estate has Au Vallon for its title, which is probably an homage to its locale: two green-filled acres of Villanova land.

And so, “to the Valley” we go: the renovated and restored property has a new fence and gate, ensuring privacy for residents who will have a carriage home with a French door-surrounded interior brick courtyard, refinished pool, Juliette balconies and rotating bookcase leading to the private dining room.

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REDUCED: Pretty Villanova Home With Oddly Purple Screening Room

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This circa-1981 home on a hill is, as we noted before, a study in contrasts: traditional on the outside and much of the interior, contemporary in odd moments. Take the truly unconventional screening room, whose walls, ceiling and seats make us thirsty for grape Kool Aid. Or the entertainment area with its glossy stools, circular bar and instruments that come with the house. But then there is the generously proportioned living room with light streaming in and a wood-burning fireplace to get cozy in the winter.

It went on the market in August at $869,900. As of today, it’s down to $779,900. Gallery below.

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Reduced: $1.45 Million Off Villanova’s Eagleview Estate

701 Eagle Farm Rd, Villanova, PA, 19085

701 Eagle Farm Rd, Villanova, PA, 19085

William Wonderly Fitler, son of former Philadelphia mayor Edwin H. Fitler for whom Fitler Square is named, lived in this five-acre property once upon a time. The home, completed in 1927, went on to be a convent for many years before being purchased as a private residence in the 1990s. More recently, it was listed on the market for $7.95 million, then $6.95 million, and now $5.49 million. Maybe another price cut will bring in potential buyers?

Interested parties shouldn’t wait too long, however. The home offers attractive amenities aplenty, which might have it off the market before you know it: art studio, gym, stained-paneled library, staff (or guest) apartment with separate entrance, and a 4,000-bottle wine cellar. Additions include a breakfast room (from which one can see the fire pit and pool) and master suite dressing room with marble fireplace. The bedroom was also expanded to make way for individual his and her bathrooms.

Gallery below.

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Main Line Monday: Newly Listed $6M Contemporary

main line monday logo This home with pool and tennis court, among other amenities, has almost 9,000 square feet of living space. The land was purchased in 2000 for $1,400,000, according to public record, and then a new house was built on the 2.3 acres by architect Matthew Milan and builder Frank Zadlo. So what makes it worth so much money now? Let’s take a look. Gallery below, after the Fine Print.

THE FINE PRINT
Beds: 7
Baths: 6/1
Square feet: 8,798
Price: $5,965,000

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Pat Croce’s Villanova Estate to Go to Auction [Gallery]

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Pat Croce — former president of the 76ers; author of inspirational New York Times bestsellers; self-described pirate; museum founder; and Key West habitué and bar owner — put his Lower Merion Colonial on the market for $7.95 million at the end of last year.

Now Croce has entered into an agreement with Premiere Estates Auction Company to bring the 10,500- square-foot home to auction on Oct. 25 “to accelerate the sales process,” as a Premiere spokesperson puts it. It’s an absolute auction, which means that there’s no going back — the highest bid will take the property. Absolute auctions can be intriguing if there’s the possibility that no one shows up except a homeless guy who read about it in the paper at the Free Library, and has a crumpled dollar in his pocket but nothing more.

This isn’t Trading Places, though. When there’s an auction for an estate like this one, rest assured it will bring more than a dollar, and from someone who knows real estate and the Main Line. If I were a betting gal…well, but I’m not (I’m sorry, Atlantic City. I haven’t helped at all).

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Pending Sale for $5.2M: Villanova Estate “Conamara”

TREND photo via Realtor.com

TREND photo via Realtor.com

Conamara (the traditional spelling for Connemara) is the name of a picturesque area in West Ireland. It’s also the name of this Villanova estate that sits on more than 10 acres of the vaunted Ardrossan land, where Hope Montgomery Scott–the inspiration for Katherine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story–once lived it up.

After being listed on the market for $7,695,000, it was slated for auction in April 2013. According to public record, it sold in July 2013 for $4 million and was placed on the market just weeks later for $5.25. Now, little more than a month later, it’s pending sale at that same price.

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Terrific Villanova Home With Oddly Purple Screening Room

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Talk about a study in contrasts: Outside, this lovely home on winding Greenbrier Drive passes for a traditional Main Line residence, one you can easily imagine delicately strewn with lights in December, though its advantageous position–set back from the road, hidden behind trees and atop a little hill–would make it tough for pesky carolers to reach the door. It’s the kind of home that may have been built in 1981, but evokes earlier times–and I’m not talking about the 1970s.

Or am I? Inside, the home is mostly modern, with plenty of white walls and sleek surfaces. There’s a contemporary skylight and sink, sconces and stovetop. There’s some molding, but it’s as subdued as most of the color palette.

But what happened in the screening room? Its walls, ceiling and microsuede theater seats are all purple. Very purple. If it were a book, it’d be James and the Giant Plum. The only other color in the room comes from three metallic female mannequins, and all I know about them is that they are not Academy Awards.

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Multimillion Dollar Clothier Estate Back on the Market

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This home — once called Selkirk — belonged to Lydia Clothier and her husband when the Main Line was dotted by many opulent Clothier family properties. Later this estate went through a religious conversion, becoming the Faith Bible Presbyterian Church in 1966 before returning to its secular life as a personal residence.

With eight bedrooms and seven baths, the home is just shy of 9,000 square feet and has 13 fireplaces, a sauna, pool, tennis courts and gardens. Like many grand estates, it’s been a tough sell. Buyers often wonder about upkeep and operating expenses, and sellers are often reluctant to go beneath a certain number. In this case, after all, it’s a historic property. It’s tough to swallow the notion that one can’t get an original asking price.

The current owners listed it for sale initially, according to Public Record, in 2010 for $2,495,000. The price came down in July 2011 to $2,345,000 and stayed right there as it went on and off the market through January 2014. Now it’s finally reduced to $1,950,000, a reduction of $395,000. Will this do the trick?

Gallery below.

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Andy Reid’s Main Line House Is for Sale

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Detail photo of Andy Reid’s Villanova house via Main Line Executive Realty, Inc.

Andy Reid must be settling in as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, as he’s finally decided to sell his private Main Line home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Villanova. Built in 1999, the home has several standout details: two fireplaces, an office with built-in shelving, finished basement and third floor, and closets with storage systems. From a practical standpoint, the house has a generator and a heated driveway and front walkway, making snow removal a breeze.

A secluded back deck leads to lovely grounds — more than spacious enough for a game of touch football. Gallery below.

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