June 29, 2012
A First, Two Houses on a Family Compound For Sale
Philadelphia Business Journal -- June 29, 2012 | Natalie Kostelni
WILLISTOWN — In the late 1970’s, a local entrepreneur had an idea to buy more than 50 pristine acres in the heart of the Radnor Hunt Club area here and decided it would become a family compound of sorts.
The patriarch would go on to construct a 7,000-square-foot home that he and his wife would move into around 1980 and raise their four children. Once the kids were grown,he offered each a spot on the property to construct their own homes, creating a private enclave for the family. In all, five manor homes sit at various locations down a nondescript private lane not far from Grubbs Mill Road and near other noted, local celebrity homes including filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and pro baseball players Roy Halladay, Ryan Madson, and Cole Hamels.
For the first time, two of the homes are up for sale as private offerings and will be sold to people outside of the family, which requested to remain anonymous because they are protective of their privacy. Both properties have come on the market because the family needs of each have changed and they no longer need such large homes.
Just one of the houses, owned by the patriarch’s daughter and her filmmaker husband, was made available for a tour and offered a rare glimpse inside an architectural gem designed by architect Peter Zimmerman, who runs a firm in Berwyn. It was built by C. Raymond Davis and Sons of Kimberton and the interior designer was Vincent Smith-Durham of Philadelphia. It won “Best Residence in America” by Custom Home Magazine shortly after it was completed.
“The house is one of a kind,” said Steve DiFrancesco of Hunter Reed and Company Inc. of Haverford, who has the two listings. “It’s a piece of artwork.”