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Recently Curbed Philly published a guide to the 15 significant homes of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. For those of you who don’t know, Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park system in the United States with 9,200 acres of contiguous land, dwarfing Central Park’s 843 acres in New York City. One of the homes featured in the Curbed Philly guide is the rather famous Mount Pleasant, considered an excellent example of English Colonial architecture in the United States and described in the Curbed piece this way:
“After it was built in the 1760s—via pirate money, no less!— John Adams called this estate, ‘The most elegant seat in Pennsylvania.’ The Georgian-style buildings were later owned by war hero and later traitor Benedict Arnold, though he never officially lived here.”
We are pleased to offer for purchase a replica of Mount Pleasant, a magnificent, c. 1935 estate on 26+ acres in Fort Washington, Pa., in Montgomery County, just 40 minutes from Philadelphia. Built by Harry W. Fehr, it was named Cricket Heath for the owner’s love of the game (still played in the Philadelphia area at the nearby Germantown Cricket Club and at Main Line clubs.) Set back a long, tree-lined drive, Cricket Heath’s resemblance to Mount Pleasant is striking, especially inside, where a grand-scale center hall showcases elaborate millwork and moldings and a plan that follows Mount Pleasant quite faithfully. The floor plan is at once grand, yet it’s also scaled to be very livable for the 21st-century family. The kitchen, no longer for staff only, is completely updated with a breakfast area, fireplace and beautiful views.
The present owners of Cricket Heath have updated and maintained the property to a very high standard, evident in the pristine condition of the house and its dependencies. Award-winning gardens create idyllic views from the rear of the house. A pool and pool house with full bath, sauna and fitness room, guest/caretaker’s house, small stables, and a two-acre pond with boathouse, create an almost country-club feeling to the property. With so much available, Cricket Heath is fun for young and old, alike.
Interested in visiting the first Mount Pleasant? Here’s the info you’ll need, though the house is presently closed for maintenance. If owning your very own version is appealing, please contact listing agent Wendie Steffens of our Main Line real estate office. She will introduce you to Cricket Heath, the stunning estate property with one of Fort Washington’s most coveted addresses.