At the moment, there’s a lot of talk about Philly’s real estate market, and comparisons between the city’s housing stock versus the surrounding suburbs. So that had us thinking: What kind of options do the so-called 1-percenters have in both markets?
With the help of Bright MLS, we’ve rounded up the 10 priciest homes that are publicly listed for sale in the Philadelphia metro region, which include counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Many are old favorites, but some are new to this top 10 list.
Listed in order from most expensive to least, these homes range from $25 million to just under $10 million. Not surprisingly, many of the homes are located on the Main Line, but there are a couple Philly-based properties nabbing top dollar, too. Let’s have a look.
This 37,000-square-foot home is the priciest property for sale in the Philly metro region, and comes with a prominent architect’s name attached to it. Rafael Viñoly designed this 10-bedroom home in Fort Washington, which sits on 29 acres. There’s a stone courtyard, a basketball court, pool, and “museum-quality” galleries throughout the home. Technically, there are two listings for this property, offered with different acreage options.
Horace Trumbauer’s Gilded Age giant Lynnewood Hall in Elkins Park recently re-listed for $17,500,000 after originally hitting the market for $20 million a few years ago. The 55-bedroom mega-mansion in Elkins Park was designed and built between 1897 and 1900 for street-car magnate P.A.B. Widener, who needed a new home to house his growing family and art collection.
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. The home features eight bedrooms, nine full baths, and four half baths.
When this Society Hill mansion hit the market in September 2016, it became the most expensive home for sale in Philly. The two-bedroom, two-bath home struggled to find a buyer, but it has returned to the market once again. It also happens to be located right next to the Nelson building and the Ritz-Five movie theater, of which developer Tom Scannapieco plans to build his latest high-rise.
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 for $24.5 million. Today, it’s known as the home of Robert Burch, the former brother-in-law of fashion designer Tory Burch. But when it was originally built, the 14,467-square-foot, eight-bedroom property was designed to resemble a village in Normandy.
This opulent mansion in Villanova took four years to build. The craftsmanship shows, from the marble floors to the grand staircase to the millwork. In addition to the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom home, there's also an eight-car garage on the grounds and a pool and pool house.
This 5,550-square-foot condo sits on the 46th floor of the Two Liberty Place skyscraper in Center City. The private terrace clocks in at 2,440 square feet alone, and there are two bedrooms, two full baths, and two half baths, which are sheathed in Carrera marble. The condo fees will get you: They come in at $5,830 a month.
This 14,783-square-foot mansion has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, four half baths. It was designed by architect F.L. Bissinger and sits on eight acres in Gladwyne. There are plenty of perks, including an indoor swimming pool, a wine cellar, movie theater, a baseball batting cage, and a gym. Because it takes a lot to run this home, there are some solar panels to help out.
In Chester County sits Heartwood Farm, this 72-acre estate with eight bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and three half baths. Designed by Brognard Okie, with additions in later years by Peter Zimmerman, the property features stone finishes throughout. It has seemingly endless views of rolling pastures, plus a long list of amenities like an underground shooting range. FYI, this listing is on the market twice, with different acreage options.
Dubbed “Arbor Hill,” this Montgomery County-home sits on 18 acres. The actual house is a 20,000-square-foot converted barn that’s been turned into a three-bedroom, six-full bathroom home. Also on the property are two tennis courts (one indoor, one outdoor) and two stone guest houses.