A private estate in the Philadelphia area 10 times the size of the city’s baseball stadium has hit the market for $38.25 million.
The 222-acre property, known as Rock Hill Farm, was listed on Monday, becoming the most expensive home for sale not only in greater Philadelphia but in all of Pennsylvania.
The estate sits at the center of three scenic roads that cut through Chester County, about 30 minutes from the city.
The compound centers on a stone Colonial-style mansion built in 1900 and nestled among fields and forest cut by walking trails, according to listing agent Jack Aezen of Compass. Mr. Aezen is marketing the home alongside fellow Compass agent Lavinia Smerconish .
“I know this is corny, but it’s like being in the movie ‘The Sound of Music,’” Mr. Aezen said. “You feel like you’re in some place that’s been preserved so beautifully and loved so well.”
Evidence: The owners recently put a $1 million roof on the main house.
Besides the 10-bedroom mansion, there are five additional cottages dispersed around the property and which today serve as staff lodging. Though they could easily host children and grandchildren as part of a family retreat, Mr. Aezen said.
Many of the cottages are historic stone structures in their own right, including one with ties to notable Pennsylvania Quaker Benjamin Cox , an original owner of the farm, according to the listing.
The home last traded hands in 1985, selling to a grandchild of Campbell ’s condensed-soup inventor John T. Dorrance, Sr ., for an undisclosed sum, according to records accessed through PropertyShark. The home hits the market following the owner’s death earlier this year at the age of 82. The surviving spouse could not be reached for comment.
Modest farming on the property these days includes an apple orchard, a chicken coop and numerous greenhouses.
“There aren’t fields of corn or tomatoes, or anything like that,” Mr. Aezen said. Though with two large barns and diesel fuel supply, the property would be well suited for horses or keeping livestock.
Meanwhile, there’s plenty of rest and respite to be had among the trails and roads that crisscross the grounds. They lead to an open-summer house overlooking a koi pond and a storybook stone bridge that crosses over Crum Creek, a protected Pennsylvania waterway bisecting the property.
The seller is also offering the property up in two parcels, one for a little more than $20 million and the other for $17.7 million, said Mr. Aezen, adding that the area has seen a large flight to Philadelphia’s more rural collar counties amid the pandemic.
“We’ve pretty much had an exodus out of the city like anywhere in the country, and we have a big shortage of inventory,” he said. “The thing that’s unique about this estate is that anyone who wants a family compound in the Philly area, you’re not going to find this acreage anywhere.”
Philadelphia Magazine first reported the new listing.