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What Do Katherine Hepburn & Radnor Township Have In Common?

Here is a movie trivia question for you. What did Howard Hughes buy for Philadelphia-storyKatherine Hepburn in 1939? Hint: Ms. Hepburn was performing in a box office smash on Broadway at the time. You guessed it, the movie rights to The Philadelphia Story. Back in 1938 & 39, the famous playwright Philip Barry wrote the play, The Philadelphia Story that highlighted the antics of a Philadelphia socialite and it was an instant success on Broadway. The setting for this story about love, marriage and divorce was an 850 acre estate know as Ardrossan Farms, which is located in Radnor Township.

Ms. Katherine Hepburn partnered with MGM studios to make the movie starring Cary Grant, mainline-societyHepburn and James Stewart. The main character, Tracy Lord was inspired by Ms Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, daughter to the founder of the investment firm of Janney Montgomery Scott and wife of Edgar Scott, heir to a railroad fortune. They lived on the Main Line and entertained this country’s most famous celebrities, politicians and industrial executives at The Androssian Farms Manor. Most of the property is still owned by the Montgomery/Scott/Wheeler family and overseen by the Radnor Conservatory  but a few select portions are up for sale. Sixteen home sites have been carefully planned and are available for development. Let’s take a look at what one developer is doing with this property…

Radnor Township Estate Homes Planned for Androssan Farms

There are 16 individual parcels of land that will make up the Androssan Farms Community and our Main Line Realtors can help you schedule a visit. The current asking price is $1.25 million for the land for sale in Radnor. Each owner can choose their own architect and custom home builder to develop the property. Pohlig Builders of Malvern has partnered with Michael Visich Architects on these three renditions of Estate Homes for potential home buyers.

A Gentleman’s Farmhouse On The Main Line

The plans for the Pembrooke II model is a gentlemen’s farmhouse style home that includes 9665 sq feet of living space. This view from the back of the house displays a whole lot of house that any gentleman can customize to their own tastes and preferences.gentlemens-farmhouse

A comfortable formal living room, dining room and a cozy family living room are included in this plan.  Pohlig is best known for their spectacular wood trim and custom crafted entries, fireplaces and the use of finest building materials.


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We invite you to contact one of our real estate agents in Bryn Mawr if you are interested in taking a peek at any of the lots for sale at Androssan Farms. You too can step into luxury living along Philadelphia’s Main Line and help design your own home in Radnor.

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