Just Listed: Grand Hilltop Estate in Chestnut Hill
You may not be able to cook in the kitchen he used, but you can live in the house famed chef Georges Perrier once called home.
It’s not that often that we get to feature a celebrity house for sale these days, it seems.
Maybe the celebs are holding on to them longer, or trying to sell their homes on the down low.
Or, as is the case with this magnificent center-hall Colonial estate hard by the Wissahickon Valley Park in Chestnut Hill, maybe the celeb’s already moved on.
The celebrity in this case is famed chef Georges Perrier. The longtime proprietor of Le Bec-Fin bought this huge 1908 Colonial from former top Urban Outfitters exec Glen Senk, then sold it to its current owners.
So this means you get to cook in a celebrity kitchen, then, right?
Yes, but not that celebrity. The owners turned to famed kitchen designer Joanne Hudson to give this house’s kitchen a total makeover in the course of redoing the entire estate after they bought it. With plenty of counter space, storage space, attractive design and the full complement of high-end appliances from Names You Know That Are Almost Always Paired Together, this kitchen should make you forget ol’ Georges.
The rest of the house is one of those quietly elegant, dignified knockouts with an abundance of space and amenities.
The main floor hews to tradition from its extra-large foyer to its handsome family room to its spacious formal living room to its neotraditionally attired dining room to its wood-paneled library. Fireplaces grace all these spaces save the family room and foyer.
Upstairs you’ll find six roomy bedrooms, including a master with its own fireplace and private terrace. You’ll also find a home gym, home office and laundry room on the upper floors.
Outdoors in back, a series of paved and landscaped terraces lead down to a grotto-like swimming pool with a restored bluestone surround.
And you can put up guests and relatives in the three-room apartment over the four-car garage in the detached carriage house.
Of course, something this grand has to have a name. The name of this house for sale is “Beaufort.” I agree that it’s quite the comely redoubt. It’s also convenient to shopping on Germantown Avenue, the Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line and the Wissahickon Park trails, all within walking distance.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 10,160
SALE PRICE: $2,975,000
8872 Towanda St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 [Kim Whetzel | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty]