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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Villanova’s Unbelievably Extravagant Skyview Estate on Sale for $8.9M

Detail of aerial shot. TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Detail of aerial shot. TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Right down the street from Allen Iverson’s old place is Skyview, a French Manor-style mansion that offers every extravagance, from indoor pool to indoor basketball court. Perhaps the most unique amenity is the wine room, which has custom storage for dozens of bottles as well as a marble-topped tasting bar. There’s another bar — this one more traditional, with a brass foot rail — inside the game room, which currently has a pool table and elaborate chess set.

The kitchen, designed by Joanne Hudson, occupies an enormous space with two-story-high ceilings and two balconies that wouldn’t look out of place in an opera house. That space also includes a dining room and a separate sitting area.

The mini basketball court has a shot clock and professional scoreboard, and the indoor pool, well, between the murals and the balconies, it certainly merits the listing’s description of “grandiose.” There’s also a separate sauna.

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Allen Iverson’s Former Villanova Estate Is for Sale

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This five-bedroom estate would be desirable enough without a celebrity pedigree but there will no doubt be bidders who want to say they own The Answer’s old estate. A.I. sold the home to Saladworks CEO John Scardapane in 2007 and as of this week, the estate is on the market again.

Clocking in at practically 13,000 square feet, the estate is palatial and has amenities to match. It offers five bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, a separate apartment with kitchenette, a “restaurant-quality” bar, a library, a gym and a home theater. And that’s just the interior.

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Everyone Says Philly Is a Great Basketball Town

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Philadelphia’s a great basketball town.

You’ll hear this a lot, and it makes sense. The city has a rich basketball tradition. After being invented in Springfield, basketball spread to other east-coast cities, and eventually the Philadelphia SPHAs were one of the top teams. The Sixers may be down now, but they’ve had some of the biggest superstars in NBA history: Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley. More recently, the Sixers had Allen Iverson, the most exciting, interesting player of the post-Michael Jordan NBA.

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NCAA Tournament: Villanova an Ugly Winner, St. Joe’s Bounced, Phil Martelli’s Grandson Still Adorable

The Villanova Wildcats mascot performs in the first half of a men's college basketball game against Milwaukee Panthers during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at First Niagara Center. Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats mascot performs in the first half of a men’s college basketball game against Milwaukee Panthers during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at First Niagara Center. Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova is a very good basketball team.

You wouldn’t know it from the way they came into the tournament, but the Wildcats are one of the 10 best teams in the country. No, literally: They are only one of three schools to be in the top-10 in every major college hoops rating system. And Villanova — who went 28-4, losing to Syracuse, Creighton twice and Seton Hall in the Big East tournament – won in just about every way this season: It blew out teams. It won close games. It went 4-0 in overtime games. Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted efficiency numbers give the Wildcats the 19th best offense and 12th best defense.

And yet, despite earning a No. 2 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA tournament, only 9.6% of brackets have Villanova in the Final Four. The numbers say Villanova passes every test: They’re good on both ends, they have wins over good teams, they won lots of games big — usually a sign of a great team. They are a legitimate National Championship contender. And yet, even in Philadelphia, I’m in a 159-player pool, and only one person took Villanova. (Uh, me. I like balanced, well-rounded college teams. Pomeroy gives them a 1-in-20 shot.)

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Vegas: Villanova Tied for 11th Best Odds of Going All the Way

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The Wynn Race and Sports book in Las Vegas has released the betting lines for the first two rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament.

On Thursday, in the second round of the East Regional in New York, Villanova is a 17-point favorite to beat the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If the Wildcats win, they could play the Hawks of St. Joe’s in a championship version of the Holy War. However, St. Joe’s is a four-point underdog against the University of Connecticut.

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