For Whale Week 2013, we've come up with a map that points you to the buildings or streets where the Philadelphia area's wealthiest residents own property or hang around. We're not suggesting they live at any of these places full-time, necessarily; many of them have multiple residences nationally and internationally. In some cases, in lieu of the person's home, we've included a nearby home for sale instead, just to provide a sense of the neighborhood.Read More
Live Like a Lurie: Some Big Whales and the Property They Own
Billionaire Eagles owner Lurie lives at Inwood, the 13-acre estate formerly owned by Philadelphia's latest, greatest whale, Walter Annenberg. Lurie reportedly paid around $14 million for it. Inwood isn't far from the onetime home of another Philly whale, Jeffrey Perelman, son of Ruth and Raymond, who last we heard hot-footed it to Colorado to get away from the madness.
Gerry Lenfest and his wife Marguerite live much of the time in the 2,800-square-foot home in Huntingdon Valley that they bought in 1966 for $35,000. This 2 acre estate not too far from there isn't nearly so modest. Features: a patio and gardens, a mahogany elevator, 3-car garage. spa/solarium, custom bar and mini movie theater. Asking price: $2.99 million.
Brian L. Roberts
The Comcast CEO has more than one home, of course, including digs at 10 Rittenhouse. But this is one of the homes he owns. It's not too far from the Louis Kahn-designed one-bedroom Esherick house, which we'll continue to link to until someone buys it!
Harold Honickman/Joe Neubauer
A lot of whales have homes in the Rittenhouse Hotel, though few of them live there exclusively. Perhaps the most familiar whale names in the building are those of former Forbes 400 habitués Harold Honickman, who made his fortune in soda, and Aramark's Joe Neubauer (they don't live together, though). A regular Joe can get a place at the Rittenhouse for about a million bucks.
The famous chef's Chestnut Hill home is still for sale: 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 9,000 square feet. Needless to say, the kitchen's a Joanne Hudson gourmet deal with Wolf appliances, and the home has a 2,000-plus bottle wine cellar. Price: $2.1 million.
Mary Alice Dorrance Malone
The Campbell Soup billionaire heiress lives in Coatsville, and is one of the wealthiest people in the country. She's active in the company and in the Brandywine Conservancy, and is the president of the Iron Spring Farm, an equestrian facility (to understate it) at this address.
The real estate developer owns a home in Gladwyne not far from this four-bedroom house estate, which has more than two acres of land, mature trees and a swimming pool. It's being sold as is, however, which explains the million-dollar price tag.
Ray Perelman and late wife Ruth are known for their philanthropy; in 2011 they were ranked No. 6 on the national Philanthropy 50. So it's no surprise the family has a place at 1820, where the average asking price is north of $1.5 million. Son Ron is also doing quite well for himself; the ex-Mr. Ellen Barkin is one of the richest men in the world.
The Urban Outfitters CEO dreamt, after years in the schmatte biz, of a dairy farm, and he made the dream come true. Doe Run Dairy operates on his 200-acre Chester County estate. And it's serious business; if you like cheese, check it out.
This house doesn't belong to Comcast Spectacor CEO Ed Snider, but it's on a street near one of the homes he owns. This four-bedroom, four-bath home has four fireplaces, a wood deck with a hot tub, and is basically on top of a golf course. However, it should be noted that any Gladwyne digs probably pale in comparison to Snider's Montecito, Calif., estate next door to Oprah's house.
Designer has a sprawling Southampton manor in which to spend her time, so it's not as though she needs this home on Grays Lane. But now there's a magazine named Grays Lane that extols Main Line living, so she's sort of obliged to pay attention to the property, in only to hold down the Main Line fort.