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Maria Doyle


$1,785,000 1329 Sycamore Mills Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Welcome home to 1329 Sycamore Mills Road - an astonishingly beautiful and peaceful 21+ acre retreat in Edgmont Township. Situated approximately 10 minutes outside of Media Borough in Rose Tree Media School District, the property is comprised of two distinct tax parcels. One is 8+ acres of land and the other is 12+ acres with a 4 bedroom, 3/2 bathroom historic home and a charming guest cottage, as well as a pole barn carport in the woods for storage. The grounds encompass meadows, streams, wetlands, woodlands and large lawns - a true delight for anyone who loves the natural outdoors, birders and archers alike!

Entering the property along the private driveway, with the welcoming songs of Towhees and Wrens, you realize that you have arrived somewhere truly special. With incredibly quick and easy access to Media and West Chester Boroughs, Philadelphia International Airport, SEPTA stations, and major highways, it is completely unexpected to find yourself somewhere so quiet, peaceful, private and seemingly remote.

On the right, set far back from the road, is the Guest Cottage. This quaintly appealing building has served as an entertaining space, complete with 1895 tournament billiard table, as well as a respite to family members over the years. This approximately 1000 SF single story bungalow has a flexible open plan, a small kitchen/bar, a fireplace, separate HVAC system and a full bathroom. Off the back, the double sets of doors access a deck.

Further along, sitting on a knoll and tucked into the landscape, is the main residence. Originally constructed in 1809, later historically sympathetic additions significantly expanded the footprint. The timeless architectural details include stone construction, real window shutters, cedar shake roof, covered porches and private patios. Follow the brick footpath to the main entrance of the home. Inside and to your left is the spacious formal living room with a wood burning fireplace and abundant natural light. Off the entryway is a guest powder room. Pass through beautiful French doors into a library with fireplace that could be used as a dining room or home office. Each end of the house has a staircase to the second floor. Past the first staircase on the left is the intimate dining room and, on your right, a wonderful butler's pantry leading to the kitchen. The country style kitchen is the true heart of this home with extensive counters and cherry cabinets, room for a large dining table, a seating area, and a phenomenal "walk in" fireplace. The second entry hall leads to the informal entrance to the home, the second staircase and a large walk-in pantry. Behind the kitchen is the family room with built-ins, a hidden access to a partial cellar, and a second powder room.

Head upstairs to the primary suite which houses a loft area that serves as an ideal workspace and the laundry. To the left is the primary bedroom with dual closets - one of which is a large walk-in. The primary bath has dual vanities and leads to a wonderful sunroom with inground hot tub. Just outside is a lovely patio area. The balance of the second story is a full hall bath and two delightful bedrooms. A staircase leads to another bedroom suite complete with walnut floors that were grown on the property, and full bathroom on the third floor.

The property was featured prominently in the 2015 movie, The Benefactor. During filming, the stars Richard Gere, Theo James and Dakota Fanning relaxed in the Guest Cottage between their scenes. Now it is ready for the next owners to realize their own vision, whether continuing to cherish it as it is currently conceived, or possibly subdividing or expanding. A plot plan prepared by a local engineering firm is in the attachments. Private tours only - please do not enter the property without an appointment.
  • Sold
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1809
    Year Built
  • 3,426 Sq.Ft.
    Living Area

Features & Amenities

Area & Lot

  • Status: Sold
  • Living Space: 3,426 Sq.Ft.
  • Lot Size: 21.61 Acres
  • MLS® ID: PADE2046602
  • Type: Residential
  • Year Built: 1809
  • Architecture Styles: Farmhouse/National Folk
  • Water Frontage: ['Creek']
  • Middle School: SPRINGTON LAKE
  • High School: PENNCREST
  • School District: ROSE TREE MEDIA


  • Total Bedrooms: 4
  • Total Bathrooms: 5
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Half Bathrooms: 2
  • Flooring: Wood
  • Appliances: Electric Water Heater
  • Other Interior Features: Eat-in Kitchen, Bar, Entrance Foyer, Pantry

Exterior & Building

  • Stories: 2
  • Water Source: Well
  • Roof: Wood
  • Lot Features: Wooded
  • Parking: Off Street, Detached
  • Heat Type: Baseboard, Hot Water, Oil
  • Air Conditioning: Central Air
  • Sewer: Septic Tank
  • Disability Features: Therapeutic Whirlpool


  • Sales Price: $1,785,000
  • Real Estate Tax: $17,605/yr
  • Zoning: Residential
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