On the Market: A Piece of the Ardrossan Legacy in Villanova
This four-building compound occupies a mere 17 of the famed farm's nearly 800 acres. But that's enough space to sculpt a truly masterful estate home and grounds.
Not long before the movie “The Philadelphia Story” fictionalized the life of Hope Montgomery Scott, a little piece of her Ardrossan Farm in Villanova got lopped off in order to build a compound with a house, a guest house, a barn and a huge carriage house.
That 1930 carriage house is now the show-house centerpiece of this estate that occupies 17 acres of the Ardrossan property. Custom builder Pinemar Construction and a team of top-notch architects and craftspeople effected this transformation and turned all four structures into a live-work-play complex like no other.
This home is ideally set up for both private enjoyment and entertainment on a grand scale. Its living and dining rooms are spacious and its kitchen is equipped to produce a large banquet.
Afterwards, the guests can congregate in the spectacular great room of the main home.
Or they could trek over to the barn’s soaring great room for livelier entertainment.
In good weather, they might prefer to relax poolside or stroll around the grounds. Landscape architect Chuck Gale turned the 17 acres into a magnificent mix of formal gardens and informal landscapes that blend seamlessly into the protected open space around this estate.
For fitness and sport, you’ll find a fitness room in the barn, a tennis court on the grounds, and walking access to the adjacent Overbrook Country Club and its golf course.
Then there’s the work part: the old main house and its clock tower have been reconfigured and rewired to serve as an ideal 21st-century office and conference facility.
For the discerning CEO or successful entrepreneur, this property offers everything one might want. If you might fall into these categories or are simply looking for a true trophy residence, your search for that place ends here.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 9 full, 4 half
SQUARE FEET: 2,771
SALE PRICE: $14,900,000
OTHER STUFF: The bedroom and bathroom counts include the guest house, which contains a one-bedroom and a three-bedroom apartment. The square footage figure is for the main house only.
770 Godfrey Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Lisa Yakulis | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty]