$2,895,000 | Built 1898 | 12,299 Sq. Ft. | 8 Beds | 7.5+ Baths | 3.41 Acres
1336 Gypsy Hill Road, Ambler, Pennsylvania, United States, 19002
Second Tamora was built in 1898 as a quiet retreat and summer home outside the hustle and bustle of the city. This charming and stately home was named by its founder and creator, Edward B. Smith, of the Philadelphia investment firm, Smith Barney, who also happened to be a real estate mogul and planning and development visionary. Responsible for bringing the railway to Gwynedd Valley from Philadelphia, Smith had a keen sense of his town’s history, and he recognized the uniqueness and cache of the area that residents still enjoy today. Elegant “country” living can be enjoyed in this grand stone manor home offering nearly 14,000 square feet of living space sited on nearly 3.5 park-like acres in the heart of Gwynedd Valley. This home will impress you the moment you drive through the gated entrance down a long, winding, tree-lined driveway with a circular courtyard, fountain and 4-car garage.
As you enter the home into the large formal foyer with marble flooring, you’ll instantly be struck with the home’s grandeur. Extraordinary hand-painted walls and trim, 3 staircases, 18-inch thick granite walls, more than 8 bedrooms, 10 distinctive fireplaces (3 of which are gas), 7 full and 2 half bathrooms, a full catering kitchen (accessed by original barn doors), a wine cellar, formal gardens, a 50-foot long outdoor swimming pool and spa and an indoor exercise pool are only a few of this spectacular home’s singular features. Aside from being the inspiring getaway of the notable Mr. Smith, this property has entertained numerous luminaries for over a century, furthering its historical importance. For example, Princess Grace of Monaco (Oscar-winning actress and proud Philadelphian) enjoyed her stay at “Second Tamora” as did legendary war hero General Douglas MacArthur. This magnificent residence is seeking its next steward. Breathtaking at every turn, this property easily exceeds the most discriminating requirements for living, entertaining, and recreation with exquisite design and materials used throughout. Second Tamora is on the market for $2.89 million with Wendie Steffens of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty. Photography and information found on agent’s listing.