The best part of owning a large estate isn't the extensive grounds, the luxury finishes or the water features (OK, it isn't merely those things). It's also the opportunity to bestow a name on 10,000 square feet and five acres. These three homes boast the luxury finishes, the acreage, and the high-falutin' names.
104 Orchard Way, Bryn Mawr
Total taxes: $11,552
Tell me all about it: As if the name "Surrey Mews" didn't carry enough cachet, this five-bedroom home also boasts a striking stone façade and beautiful interior spaces throughout. We love the master suite, with peaked ceilings and an en-suite bath with oversized vanity. The lofted area also features exposed brick walls and timbers.
1530 Monk Road, Gladwyne
Total taxes: $142,683
Tell me all about it: Westbourne Woods may look like an ancient European keep, but it was built 14 years ago on eight wooded acres. The home boasts seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and four powder rooms. We love the entertaining spaces in this home, including the wine cellar, indoor swimming pool and gym. The property also features a private batting cage and energy-producing solar panels. Bonus: the home also includes a custom bar room as well as a dramatic master suite with dual closets, a spa-like bath with soaking tub and private offices.
158 Vassar Circle, Villanova
Total taxes: $17,235
Tell me all about it: This six-bedroom home dates to 1776, and the listing notes that the first family to live there took residence in 1778. The property boasts an enormous kitchen with a stone center island and custom cabinetry, and a solarium-style family room. Upstairs is a fabulous library and a master suite with a wood-burning fireplace, custom closets, and a gorgeous en-suite bath.