8520 Hagys Mill Road #C

Philadelphia, PA 19128

Introducing a Very Special Philadelphia Residence

Well hidden on the edge of 300 preserved acres in a location that looks and feels like pure countryside despite being 15 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, this residence is unlike any you’ve ever seen. Dating to the 1860s, the house was a stone manor in its time. The present owners, only the third since about 1900, doubled its original square footage with a well-planned addition of superb quality designed by Purdy O’Gwynn Architects. This collaboration created a new classic, a home where every finish, fixture, window and door fit the space perfectly, where flooring, millwork, and even new custom cabinetry marry sympathetically with the original. This is the calm center of the universe for a busy modern family, a tranquil artist’s retreat, a world where guests extend their stays, so enchanted are they with the home and its lush surroundings.     

Indeed, the homeowners wanted the addition to embrace the property’s incredible natural surroundings, so walls of custom windows that mimic the home’s original sashes and French doors overlook gardens, mature trees and a pool. The heart of the home is a living room, expansive yet inviting, with several seating areas, a dining area lined with a bank of windows overlooking the infinity-edge pool/spa and a Rumford wood-burning fireplace trimmed in custom tile. Clever design elements open this room to the impeccably appointed, sun-washed cook’s kitchen and casual dining area. The kitchen opens to a brick terrace for al fresco dining overlooking the gardens. The terrace winds its way to the home’s original front porch, a favorite relaxation spot in summer. A music room, study with custom built-ins, and sunroom with exposed stone walls and a radiant-heated brick floor complete this floor. Tucked away is a terrace with a working fireplace, ready for grilling, should you wish.   

If You Need Studio Space...

Attached to the house is a very special retreat with its own outside entrance, a vaulted-ceiling room whose design was influenced by a chapel on Philadelphia’s St. Martins Lane. It is a nearly sound-proof space complete with bamboo floor, triple-pane windows, library shelving, huge double doors opening to a private balcony, its own special HVAC and perhaps the most important element for an artist: seclusion. Also accessible from this part of the house is a complete guest/au pair suite with kitchenette.

Main Bedroom Retreat

Private quarters are on the second floor. The main suite is the ultimate hideaway with a sitting room with gas fireplace, pocket doors opening to a timeless Carrera marble bath with steam shower and soaking tub, access to a veranda that mimics the sleeping porches of the last century and bedchambers with a full wall of oversized sash windows where custom power window treatments create privacy upon request. Guest quarters on the other side of the second floor include two large bedrooms that share a hall bath and a laundry room. The third floor has two bedrooms, a study and a full, updated bath, all with bird’s-eye views.

Bonus areas include: a finished lower level with a gym, access to the pool, media room and storage. An oversized attached 2+ car garage is heated and provides additional storage. 

A Beautiful Combination of Old and New

The renovation and expansion of a historical house, when done properly, is part art and part science. Here, the creativity shines but is appropriate in every way; the technical matters are well planned and impeccably maintained. It is the best of all worlds, where history and modern comforts meet and the division between them falls away.  

Property Class
Type of Property
Garage Spaces
2-Car Parking, Drvwy/Off Str, Private
Has Pool?
Pool Type
In-Ground Pool
None, Outside/Walkout Basement
Has AC?
Cooking Fuel: Gas Cooking
Dining/Kitchen: EatInKitchen
Garage Type: Detached
Hot Water: Oil
Land SqFt: 55,361
Laundry Type: Upper-Floor Laundry, Bs
Area: 19128
Lot Area Acreage: 1.270000
Lot Dimensions: 147X335
Main Bedroom: FullBath-MBR
Net SqFt: 8055
Ownership: Fee Simple
Porch/Deck: Deck, Patio, Balc
Property Age: 153
Type: Detached
Zoning Code: RSD3
Heat: Oil, Radiator
Cooling: Central A/C
Water: Public
Sewer: Other Sewer
Room List
Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom-Master, Bedroom-Second, Bedroom-Third, Bedroom-Fourth, Kitchen, Family Rm, Other Room 1, Other Room 2, Other Room 3, Great Room, Other Room 4, Laundry Room
Master Bedroom
44 x 16, level Upper 1
Second Bedroom
19 x 14, level Upper 1
Third Bedroom
14 x 12, level Upper 1
Fourth Bedroom
19 x 13, level Upper 1
Living Room
27 x 15, level Main
Dining Room
15 x 15, level Main
Family Room
23 x 14, level Main
30 x 14, level Main
15 x 13, level Main
20 x 15, level Lower 1
14 x 20, level Lower 1
Bonus Rm
23 x 12, level Upper 1
Interior Features: Security System, Skylight(s), 9'+ Ceiling, Cable TV-Wired, Sauna, Second Kitchen, Exposed Beams
Appliances: KitIsland, KitPa
Basement Type: None, Outside/Walkout Basement
Floor: Wood
Exterior: Stone, Shingle
Swimming Pool: Yes
Tax Year
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School Information

Great Schools

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Immaculate Heart Of Mary School

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

Lankenau High School

Type: Public

Level: 9-12

Shawmont School

Type: Public

Level: PK-8

Miquon School

Type: Private

Level: PK-6

St Philip Nerl School

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

AIM Academy

Type: Private

Level: 1-12

The Crefeld School

Type: Private

Level: 7-12

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

Our Mother of Consolation Catholic

Type: Private

Level: PK-8

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Type: Private

Level: PK-12

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