POCOPSON - ThomLynn, best described as an executive estate, is looking for a new owner – perhaps one of Philadelphia's top professional sports stars who needs separate living quarters for security, or maybe a chief executive who likes working from his or her own suite of offices.
The listing price is $5.9 million, not the most expensive home on the market in the county, but at 18,000 square feet, certainly the largest, said Matt Fetick, a Realtor with Keller Williams who is listing the property.
There are two other homes on the market that are listed at higher sales prices but the homes are smaller, at 10,000 square feet. However, they have much more land: one at 20 acres, the other at 120 acres, Fetick said.
Built in 1996, the classic Tudor home at 1 Bittersweet Drive is tucked away on nearly eight acres of private, wooded and fenced acres.
ThomLynn is taking Fetick beyond traditional marketing efforts.
'We use the Wall Street Journal because it has fairly good reach and we use the Keller Williams Luxury Homes International because it has a far reach,' Fetrick said.
The Realtor said he is getting reasonably good feedback globally but expects even more in September. The interested buyers he has heard from are asking general questions such as what traffic is like for commuting and what schools in the area are the best.
ThomLynn is named for its owners, Thomas and Linda Drake. Now empty-nesters, the Drakes will be moving to their other home in Arizona when the property is sold.
ThomLynn was designed by local architect Richard Longo of Hillcrest Associates of West Grove.
According to Fetick, the house isn't just pretty, it's smart.
The whole-home automation system controls security, entertainment systems, heat, air conditioning, lighting and more.
'There aren't many places you can go on the property and not be in the vicinity of a camera,' Fetick said.
The house is controlled by a e-tablet. Fetick said it took him some time to master the system.
The fully fenced-in property is surrounded by a conservancy, so it is always quiet, another plus for the homeowner who likes privacy, Fetick pointed out.
The house has his and her bathrooms off the first-floor master bedroom suite as well as a library and a study, which the homeowners use as his and her offices. The bedroom suite also has its own private patio overlooking the pool.
The home has an expansive kitchen as well as a second butler pantry/kitchen and an office for the house manager.
'A house this size needs a manager,' Fetick explained.
The living room has 27-foot ceilings, a sweeping balcony and a fireplace.
The second floor has two bedroom suites, a nanny/in-law suite and one guest room.
The lower level has a workout room, sauna and steam rooms that connect with private stairs to the master bedroom suite, a 12-seat theater, a wine cellar with capacity for 1,600 bottles and a room for hobbies.
An elevator accesses all three floors and the attic.
The six-bedroom, 10-bathroom, four-powder room house also has 11 garage spaces.
Above a detached four-bay garage is a three-room office studio, perfect for the executive who wants to work from home, Fetick said.
At a detached three-car garage is the pool house downstairs and guest suite upstairs.
Fetick sees that as a good space for on-site security to take up headquarters and intends to market the property to pro sports figures in Philadelphia.
The other four garage spaces are attached to the home.
The house has a backup generator in case power is lost.
'It's livable even though it's large,' Fetick said. 'It's comfortable.'
To take a video tour, visit www.1BittersweetDr.com.
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