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Whether a Four-Acre Country Estate in the Suburbs or a Six-Floor Old City Townhome, These Two Homes Reinvent the Past for the Present

By Bernie Rodgers | March 18, 2020 | Home & Real Estate



A traditional country estate known as “Ropsley” is molded for the modern family at 8745-65 Montgomery Ave. in Wyndmoor (215.380.1296, Upon entering the lofty rotunda, you are greeted by a spiral staircase and a mosaic lining the parlor floor. Each detail of this 9,232-square-foot masterpiece—from hand-crafted woodwork to vaulted ceilings—was devised with scrutiny by one of Philadelphia’s most distinguished architects, Arthur Meigs. With six full bedrooms, the property’s airy aura is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room overlooking the estate’s four acres, which include terraces, gardens and two cottages. Although these old-world touches remain intact, the chef’s kitchen, in-ground pool and eight bathrooms are clearly contemporary—all available for just under $3 million. “It was designed by Arthur Meigs of Mellor, Meigs & Howe in 1917,” says Melissa Klick, marketing manager of The Sivel Group. “The design concentrated on having pleasing lighting and views of the grounds from every room.”



This state-of-the-art townhome is located directly between Penn’s Landing and Society Hill at 121 Church St. (215.607.6007, Although stationed in the city’s Old City district, the property is anything but antiquated—with heated porcelain tile floors, a six-stop elevator, Thermador luxury appliances and an integrated sound system to prove it. The ultramodern design boasts a spacious atmosphere with a 4,040-square-foot layout including three bedrooms, six bathrooms, a rooftop deck and panoramic views of the glimmering skyline. “The layout of this home is exceptionally user-friendly,” says Julie Potts, director of operations at The Mike McCann Team. “It’s wide open with gorgeous lighting, radiant heat floors and an expansive living room, opening up to a fabulous deck that’s great for entertaining or just hanging out with the kids and roasting s’mores over the fire pit.” Belonging to the Atrium Design Group’s lavish gated community, 7 in SPIRE, one can join for just over $2 million.

Photography by: From Top, Photos: by Herb Engelsberg and Michael Brock; courtesy of PLUSH Image