If Wissahickon Valley Park is just a little too public for you, fret not. The grounds of this 5 acre estate contain:
gorgeous mature plantings and flowering trees, a reconstructed garden fountain, a tennis court, a perfect pool with a new patio, a 3 bedroom carriage house, an additional newly finished 1 bedroom cottage attached to the main home, a speakeasy bar passed to from a false bookcase and, of course, a bowling alley Built as Homewoods in 1930 by attorney Schofield Andrews, the namesake partner of the nationally renowned Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll firm, the architects at Tilden, Register & Pepper somehow managed to squeeze seven bathrooms into a mere 17,900 sq ft. A media room, a ballroom, and a conference room are among the spiffy spaces in this Elfant Wissahickon listing.
After being listed several times in 2010 and 2011, it came back on the market for $3.2 M in 2012, before chopping to $2.9 M a few months later; it's still hanging out at that ask.
Size: 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms (plus 2 half bath), 17,900 sq ft
Amenities: pool, gardens, tennis court, speakeasy bar, There-Will-Be-Blood-style bowling alley
Additional reading: "Charity begins at Homewoods" (Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2001)
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— A. Nichols