Privacy and relaxed elegance on Philadelphia’s Main Line.
Convenient to PHL/NJ/NYC. Low taxes.

770 GODFREY ROAD
VILLANOVA, PA 19085

 

Originally part of Ardrossan, a legendary 750-acre estate, Albermarle is a 17-acre retreat just 30 minutes from Philadelphia and its international airport and 90 minutes from New York City. Offering surprisingly low property taxes, this collection of masterfully restored and expanded, English-style stone buildings is set behind a gated entry and feels like your own 21st-century village:

  • A main residence

  • Guest house

  • Entertainment barn

  • Pool and tennis court

  • Clock tower building now used by the owner as a small, well-outfitted headquarters for his business interests.

Every piece of the estate has been fine-tuned for today’s lifestyles and is complemented by picturesque hardscaping and landscaping and vista views of conservancy land. Importantly, this hidden world, located in one of the wealthiest ZIP codes in the United States, is a tremendous value compared to properties in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Washington, D.C., areas and also features low property taxes. 

BEHIND THE RESTORATION

After meticulous renovations supervised by world-class artisans and architects, Albermarle is through-and-through a breathtaking property that effortlessly exceeds the most discriminating requirements for living and entertaining with a degree of aesthetic refinement unparalleled on the Eastern Seaboard.

Architect Lyman Perry and builder Joe Ottaviano of Pinemar Bulding Company, working with designer Linda Steinke, have personally fostered the evolution of Albermarle. Exquisite designs and architectural details of the highest order are seen all throughout the estate. Its natural landscape is complemented by handcrafted terraces, landscape features and horticultural designs by Chuck Gale. In all, Albermarle’s transformation into a world-class residence represents nearly three years of uninterrupted collaboration.

A visit to Albermarle Estate is essential to comprehend its uncompromising artistic vision. It is an epochal masterpiece, embracing a fusion of modernity and matchless historical pedigree.

 
 
 

The Estate Grounds

 

Albermarle’s grounds—designed by Chuck Gale—complement the historic countryside surrounding the property while enhancing the immaculately restored estate buildings and outdoor living areas. 

 
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Gardens, terraces, and paths have been designed to provide unparalleled views from every window of each building. The lush landscaping offers comprehensive privacy, while comfortably connecting the estate’s discreet living environs with the broader natural features beyond the property’s borders.


Outbuildings

A sterling collection of outbuildings enhances the substantial Main Residence -- the Clock Tower (see above), the Guest Quarters and the Stone Barn.

Clock Tower

This charming building, bursting with historical character, blends original architectural features, materials, and details with the beautifully restored clock in unique and unforgettable fashion. The result is a one-of-a-kind structure that exudes bygone aesthetics while offering entirely modern functionality and amenities.

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The tower’s stone walls have been completely re-pointed; the original windows have been restored in order to preserve the vintage glass; custom storm windows have been specially fitted. The tower, along with its masterfully crafted addition, provides:

  • A Greeting Room/Reception Area

  • 5 “Class A” Offices & Conference Room

  • Octagonal Clock Room/Board Room

  • A Kitchen

  • Two Full Baths

  • Attached, Oversized Four-Car Garage


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Guest Quarters

The Guest Quarters were built as part of the original southern section of Ardrossan Farm. They served as living quarters for estate staff, and were in close proximity to the horse barn. The building is immaculately renovated. 

As currently configured, the quarters are two side-by-side residences; one guest house offers one (1) Master Bedroom Suite, and its twin offers three (3) Guest Bedroom suites. Each suite features a large bedroom, dressing room and full bathroom. 

Each guesthouse also offers an exquisite great room, spacious kitchens, dining spaces, and more.

The residences may be connected easily to form one grand guest house, offering one large master suite and three spacious guest suites.

The Stone Barn

Albermarle's fabulous, all-stone Barn was completely rebuilt in the identical location to the original barn, and was designed to complement the older structures on the property. Includes one (1) full bathroom and one (1) powder room.

Great attention was lavished on the stonework of the Barn, as well as to its old-style architectural features and all materials and finishes.

Exterior features include:

  • Solid stone and siding construction

  • Cedar shake roof with cupola detail

  • Copper flashings, gutters and downspouts

  • Sloped flagstone entrance and sliding barn doors on cast iron hinges, opening to hand-carved Moroccan entry doors

Pictured is the interior of the stone entertainment barn. A wet bar is to the right. The loft is now configured as an exercise room.

Pictured is the interior of the stone entertainment barn. A wet bar is to the right. The loft is now configured as an exercise room.


The Main Residence

 

Once the Ardrossan Estate’s stone stables, Albermarle’s main residence is the focal point of four stunning structures on the property.

 

Completely renovated and move-in-ready, the main residence is beautifully detailed with distinctive interior design elements incorporating original architectural features—handcrafted wooden floors, paneled walls, high, coffered ceilings, large windows, period hardware and more.

Inside the main house, the expansive floor plan showcases generously proportioned living, dining and great rooms and one of the best chef’s kitchens on the Main Line. Plentiful windows and French doors embrace the exceptional setting and allow for indoor-outdoor flow. Fireplaces stand ready for winter evenings. Formal living and dining rooms are comfortably sized for entertaining. The expansive kitchen readily meets the demands of the largest events in both its design and array of pro-grade appliances, but its casual, fireside dining area no doubt will be a favorite for everyday. A grand-scale great room, lodge-like in its feel, offers a soaring fireplace, wet bar, and access to a custom-designed wine cellar. The views from the extensive patios and other outdoor spaces feel endless. Closing out the main floor is a paneled study, designed to be a quiet retreat, and an en suite bedroom.  

Private Quarters

Private quarters are on the second floor. There is a big, sumptuous main bedroom suite with separate sitting room, two additional en suites and a second private office completing the main residence.

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Entrance Foyer

Features:

  • Hand-carved, eight-foot double entrance doors leading into the grand two-story entrance

  • Heated limestone floors and stone wood-burning fireplace, wrought iron banister and cherry rail

  • Bright, deep-set Pella windows

  • Imported alabaster lighting elements

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Dining Room

Features:

  • Gorgeous, inlaid floors

  • Imported lighting

  • Bright, deep-set windows

  • Hand-crafted moldings

  • Two built-in china cabinets with stained-glass panels

  • Hand-carved French doors with seeded glass

 
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Living Room

Features:

  • Beautiful, inlaid herringbone floors

  • Elegant decor

  • Extensive moldings

  • Carefully-crafted millwork

  • Stone fireplace

  • Recessed lighting

  • Imported chandelier

  • Two sets of nine-foot French doors open out to terraces, a Koi pond, water features, gardens, and endless private views

Gourmet Kitchen

Albermarle’s gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream. The kitchen opens up to the Breakfast Room, offering expansive and intimate opportunities for flexible, daily living. Kitchen/Breakfast Room features include:

  • Custom-crafted, two-tone distressed cabinetry with extensive moldings and pull-out shelving, seeded glass panel accents

  • Concrete counter tops

  • Punched-tin backsplash

  • Warm brick floors with radiant heat

  • Center island with butcher block prep area

  • 48” Sub-Zero and Traulsen refrigerator/freezers

  • 6-burner commercial Viking range with griddle and double ovens

  • Two warming drawers and second sink

  • Two Miele dishwashers

  • Built-in, three-inch thick, solid cherry breakfast bar

  • Custom lighting with period fixtures

  • Cozy stone wood-burning fireplace

  • French doors leading out to Koi pond

  • Expansive terrace and patios

  • Outdoor kitchen

  • View to outdoor pool

 
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Great Room

Features:

  • Limestone floors with radiant heat

  • Wood-burning stone fireplace

  • Audio/visual systems with whole-house controls

  • Walnut paneling

  • Entertainment alcove & wet bar with hand-carved cabinetry

  • Granite counter tops

  • Sub-Zero refrigerator & ice maker

  • Access to lovely Powder Room with imported fixtures and intimate decor

  • Spiral staircase leading down to an extraordinary wine cellar with hand-carved Moroccan doors, brick floors, and customized wine storage

Library

The Library at Albermarle offers an environment for erudition and repose in equal parts. Features:

  • Inlaid floors

  • Rich paneling and moldings

  • Deep-set windows

  • Bull-nosed wall

  • Crafted built-ins with audio system and controls

  • Warm brick wood-burning fireplace

  • Custom millwork

  • Wet bar with copper sink and stained glass cabinetry

  • Custom lighting, including iron and alabaster chandelier

 

Office

The main residence’s office is a thoughtfully crafted space, ideal for reflection and productivity with a genteel touch. The office features:

  • Oak floors

  • Bright windows

  • Crafted built-ins

  • Moldings and millwork

  • Custom decor and lighting

Wine Cellar

Down a winding staircase is the estate’s immaculate wine cellar, featuring a hand-carved Moroccan door, brick floors, and customized wine racks. A dumbwaiter carries cases of wine between the great room and the cellar.

 
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Master Bedroom Suite

The Master Bedroom Suite features:

  • Lovely, bright light with large wall-to-wall windows and window seat

  • Stunning moldings and millwork

  • Custom lighting

  • Large his-and-hers walk-in closets with built-ins and oak floors

Master Bathroom

The Master Bathroom features:

  • Inlaid stone floor

  • Distressed cherry his-and-hers vanities with marble counter tops

  • Oversized marble shower with frameless glass enclosure

  • Jetted tub

  • Substantial crown molding

  • European lighting

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Guest Bedroom Suites

Albermarle offers three magnificent Guest Bedroom Suites, each with its own Full Bathroom and other amenities.

  • Spacious accommodations

  • Gorgeous inlaid floors

  • Nine-foot ceilings with stunning three-piece moldings

  • Large, bright windows

  • Custom decor and finishes throughout Oversized closets with extensive built-ins

  • Recessed lighting

  • Full bathroom with timeless materials and fixtures, including marble floors, two classic pedestal sinks, oversized marble shower, imported lighting, understated built-ins

Master Bedroom Sitting Room

Opening to the bedroom, the Sitting Room features:

  • Gas fireplace with cast stone surround and mantle

  • Chandelier and recessed lighting

  • Gorgeous floors, millwork and moldings


ESTATE PRÉCIS

Bedrooms:

  • Main Residence: 5

  • Guest Quarters: 4

Bathrooms:

  • Main Residence: 4 full, 2 half

  • Guest Quarters: 4 full

  • Clock Tower: 2 full

  • Stone Barn: 2 half

Garage Spaces:

  • Clock Tower Garage: 4+

  • Stone Barn Garage: 3+

Fireplaces:

  • Main Residence: 6

  • Guest Quarters: 2

  • Clock Tower: 2

  • Stone Barn: 1

  • Outdoor/Pool: 1

Exterior Features:

  • Endless views

  • 2 security gates

  • circular driveway

  • Estate lighting

  • Fencing

  • Landscape Irrigation System

  • Adjacent to conservancy land & golf course/country club

Tennis Court: Yes

Pool: Yes / In-ground with flagstone terracing and wood-burning fireplace

Property Type: Historic Estate

Zip Code: 19085

Area (property): 737,471 sq. ft.

Acreage: 16.93 acres

Property Taxes: $39,479 (2018)

Heating: Gas

Cooling: Central A/C

Water: Public

Hot Water: Natural Gas

School District: Radnor Township

Elementary School: Ithan Elementary School

Middle School: Radnor Middle School

High School: Radnor Senior High School

Airport Proximity: 20 miles (32 minutes)

Center City Proximity: 20 miles (31 minutes)

Train Station Proximity: 4.3 miles (10 minutes)

Midtown Manhattan: 108 miles (90-120 minutes)


A Treasure Without Peer

As part of Ardrossan, arguably the Main Line’s most famous country estate, Albermarle carries a fascinating, unforgettable history—both epitomizing and surpassing
the essence of the Main Line’s Golden Age.

 

the history of albermarle

In 1902, Colonel Robert Leaming Montgomery, founder of the investment firm Janney Montgomery Scott, purchased contiguous land parcels totaling 800 acres on the Main Line and named his estate “Ardrossan”, after the Montgomery family’s ancestral home in Ayrshire, Scotland. Three decades later, the magnificent stables and outbuildings which were to comprise the core of Albermarle Estate were erected at Ardrossan.

Hope Scott in 1929 and Katharine Hepburn playing her a decade later in “The Philadelphia Story.”

Hope Scott in 1929 and Katharine Hepburn playing her a decade later in “The Philadelphia Story.”

The Montgomery family was renowned for equestrian skill and show, and Albermarle was the center of their sporting pursuits. Colonel Montgomery’s daughter, Hope Montgomery Scott, was the most celebrated horsewoman of the family—in fact, she was the Chairman of the Devon Horse Show for many years—but she was eminently more than that.

The ‘Philadelphia Story’ Begins

Ms. Montgomery Scott was the greatest personage of Philadelphia society. Dubbed ‘the unofficial queen’ of the Main Line by Vanity Fair magazine, she was the inspiration for the irrepressible Tracy Lord—the mercurial heiress in the film The Philadelphia Story, played to the hilt by Katharine Hepburn.

But Hepburn wasn’t the only star of The Philadelphia Story (nor were Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart); Albermarle was featured prominently. Hollywood lore has it that when MGM executives visited Ardrossan prior to filming, they were so overwhelmed by the estate’s scale and elegance that they deemed it “unbelievable” to the American audience. Thus, the stable sets—inspired by Albermarle—were scaled down to appear similar to smaller quarters in nearby Merion. Ms. Montgomery Scott enjoyed decades of distinguished residence at Ardrossan, modernizing the stables and outbuildings during her residency. Her hegemony over the estate then passed to her son, the beloved philanthropist, Robert Montgomery Scott.

Robert Scott was famously devoted to Ardrossan and for several decades blended his advocacy for Philadelphia’s cultural enrichment with his passion for the family seat in the Main Line. Mr. Scott pursued an unswerving course of cultural preservation and investment, most prominently as the longtime president of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In parallel, he effected extensive improvements and modernizations to Ardrossan over the course of his stewardship.

When Robert Scott passed away in late 2005, many prominent voices in the community felt that an epoch of Philadelphia history had passed with him—one characterized by gentility, grace, quiet patronage and deep respect for aesthetic standards.

Exquisite Main Line Living

 

This Main Line estate is set amid excellent supporting real estate, is close to renowned schools and is just a brisk walk from the private, highly regarded Overbrook Golf Club. Arrive in just 20 minutes at Philadelphia's International Airport; 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia; 90 - 120 minutes from midtown Manhattan; 5 minutes from regional trains. College and universities are just minutes away. Enjoy a refined lifestyle amid historical estate homes that represent the essence of the Main Line’s history as a landing spot for quiet wealth.

 

 
 

About

 

Lisa Yakulis is the #1 Sotheby's International Realty agent in Pennsylvania for Luxury Listings and Sales Volume. She professionally serves her clients in Center City Philadelphia and along the Expanded Main Line Communities with experience, knowledge, integrity, extreme attention to detail, unparalleled access to relevant market data, a state- of-the art Global communication network with high net worth Buyers and their Agents and superior  Sotheby's International Realty Marketing technology and World -wide platforms . She is service and results oriented,  a  Top-100 agent in the U.S. and has consistently been an award-winning realtor throughout her 18 year career.

In addition to her extensive real estate expertise, Lisa also has executive management experience in banking operations and lending, as well as an extensive knowledge and experience working with historic estates and compounds, land development and premier custom new construction. With her hands-on, personalized approach, Lisa provides her clients with quality service from beginning to end of every transaction. Her clients reap the benefits of her expertise in effective marketing, accurate pricing, market inventory trends, direct communication, expansive networking capabilities and powerful negotiating skills. Ultimately, Lisa's goal is to listen, educate and find appropriate properties for her discriminating investment savvy buyers and to effectively market, network and find sound buyers for her sophisticated sellers. Lisa personally works with each of her clients through the entire buying or selling process.

As a strong believer in the importance of excellence in service, both to her clients and to the community, Lisa is also a leader in the Philadelphia and Main Line philanthropic worlds. She is a proactive participant in community affairs, education and the arts. Lisa has served as the President for The Volunteers and Executive Board Member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, as Opening Night Chairman for The Philadelphia Orchestra and Chairman of The Franklin Institute Science Awards. She has also served on the Advisory Board for been involved with the Academy of Music, The Franklin Institute’s Benefactor Committee, The Rock School, Radnor Township's Design Review Board and The Radnor Educational Foundation. Lisa is a mother of three who has extensive knowledge about the area's public and private schools. She is no stranger to the relocation process and can relate to many diverse living environments and markets having lived in Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Pau, France; Minneapolis, MN; Tucson, AZ; Manhassett, NY; and Carmel, CA. Lisa can identify to the logistics of moving, the complexities of relocating, and she possesses a special ability to help you and your family through the process of making a smart financial, educational and emotional decision regarding the purchase or sale of your property. She focuses on attention to detail, individualized service, listening to your needs and achieving results.

Why Hire Lisa?

Lisa's clients are all tremendously thankful that they did. Her amazing results, both for buyers and for sellers of many of the finest properties on The Main Line and Philadelphia, are directly related to the valued long term professional, community and personal relationships that she enjoys. You will never see a mass marketing solicitation in the mail because she focuses on quality of service and effectively marketing her properties rather than maximizing volume for a team of agents. Lisa 's successful client base and tremendous performance are attributable to her reputation for working hard with integrity, her powerful referral network, an unparalleled local and global marketing presence for her listings, state of the art  technology enabling effective communication with relevant agents, buyers and sellers. and and her repeat business. She has a trusted, stellar, discreet reputation both with clients, colleagues and within the Philadelphia and Main Line communities. Lisa is the top Sotheby's International Realty Agent in Pennsylvania, with proven experience and long-term success.