If you can’t buy it, build your own. That seems to be the moral of the story behind Cricket Heath, a massive mansion in Fort Washington that was built as a replica of Mount Pleasant Mansion in Fairmount Park.
Cricket Heath dates back to about 1935, while Mount Pleasant was built between 1761-62 and is well-known for being the home of Benedict Arnold at one point during its long history.
Cricket Heath takes on the same Georgian colonial design with the same Palladian windows. The main entrance hall is also similarly replicated to the one at Mount Pleasant.
But otherwise, the 5-bedroom, 5-bath home is impressive in its own right, sitting on an astounding 26.39 acres. The grounds are incredibly idyllic, from the 75-foot-long lap pool that’s has its own sauna to the private lake with Adirondack chairs and another cozy cottage. Oh, and can’t forget the pony house and 2-bedroom caretaker’s home.
The mansion’s interiors are as elegant as one would imagine, with intricate crown molding, three fireplaces with carved, wood mantels, and chandeliers in nearly every room.
The asking price of this mansion, which first hit the market in April 2016, is $5,495,000.
- 6112 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington [Kurfiss]