Well, to start with $25 million gets you a main house with four bedrooms and six baths on 17 acres. Those acres were originally part of Ardrossan, the Montgomery Scott family's enormous estate that once had 40 buildings. The last resident at Ardrossan before it was completely redeveloped was Hope Montgomery Scott, the inspiration for Katherine Hepburn's character in The Philadelphia Story. Less impressively, the Ardrossan land is also where Will Smith landed while he was in town filming with M. Night. Once Adrossan had been divided up, developers swooped in and bought tracts of land upon which to place mansions like this one, grandly named Albermarle. The listing tells us that the goal of the owners, builders and architects "was to create an estate in its totality 'from the outside in'." We might need a translator for that one.
But you can see an emphasis on the outdoors, and the way that even the interiors are meant to fill with light and a feeling of openness. Aside from the main house, there are three other buildings on the property—a renovated and expanded clock tower, and two twin guest houses—each of which seems large enough to simply be a house-house for a regular family.
· Listing: 770 Godrey Road, Villanova [Prudential Fox & Roach]