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6 incredible historic estates for sale in and around Philly

From a “miniature estate” in Chestnut Hill to a 50-acre estate in Gladwyne

It’s not often that the opportunity to own a piece of history arises, let alone one that comes with 110 rooms or 50 acres. But the following estates, all spectacular in their own way, are up for grabs—for those with a couple million dollars and then some to burn.

Lynnewood Hall

After years on and off the market, the magnificent Lynnewood Hall by Horace Trumbauer is back on the market in Elkins Park for $17.5 million. The 110-room mega-mansion was designed during the Gilded Age for street-car magnate P.A.B. Widener, who needed a new home to house his growing family and art collection. The 33-acre property has a long and lavish history, but is sorely need of a buyer to restore it back to its original grandeur.

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Linden Hall

The astounding Linden Hall in Gladwyne, once home to the Dorrance family dynasty of the Campbell Soup Company, is on the market for $16.5 million, after originally listing in 2013 to the tune of $24.5 million. The 14,467-square-foot property sits on an impressive 50 acres and was designed to resemble a village in Normandy. The current seller is venture capitalist Robert Burch, the former brother-in-law of fashion designer Tory Burch.

A stone mansion with landscaped formal gardens. Photos by Drew Callaghan Photography for Kurfiss

Rocky Crest

Rocky Crest is a 13-bedroom home on the Main Line, once the estate of Joseph Pew, Jr., one of the sons of the founder of Sun Oil Company who later helped establish Pew Charitable Trusts. The expansive 13,500-square-foot property sits on 15 acres—5.9 of which have been preserved into perpetuity—and dates back to about 1908. Also on the grounds is a “nearly” Olympic-sized pool, a pool house, a tennis court, and a carriage house with two 1-bedroom apartments inside. The stable has been converted into a wine-tasting room with an enormous 1,000-bottle cellar. Asking price is $4,999,999.

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Albermarle Estate

This 16.93-acre estate in Villanova originally listed in June 2012 for $25 million, but has been on and off the market ever since and is now asking $16,900,000. The 17-acre property was once part of the Ardrossan, the Montgomery Scott family's enormous estate that at one point had 40 buildings. In fact, the Albermarle’s main home was once the original estate’s stable.

Vaux Hill Estate

Vaux Hill, also known as the Fatland Estate, sits on 15 acres overlooking Valley Forge National Historical Park. The original structure was built in 1776, but later underwent an extensive renovations by architect John Haviland. The stately, 8,951-square-foot mansion Greek Revival Mansion looks strikingly similar to the White House and features seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, a beautiful pool and pool house, and a tennis court. It’s now on the market for $3.5 million.

Hollowood Estate

Hollowood Estate in Chestnut Hill is the only estate located in Philly on this list. In fact, it’s referred to as a miniature estate, with three structures on the three-acre property. The hillside property dates back to 1866, and features a converted carriage house as the main home, a separate stone home, and a tiny one-room studio that sits tucked among a field of ferns. Today, the asking price is $1,795,000.

Lynnewood Hall

920 Spring Avenue, Elkins Park, PA 19027