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Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
The Skinny: Nestled above the dense thicket of Wissahickon Creek, the estate known as Spring Creek once inspired the poet Edgar Allen Poe to pen his famous essay "Morning on the Wissahiccon," in which he bemoaned the herd mentality of early tourism. Built by Philly's famous Rittenhouse family in 1730, the house itself was updated throughout the 19th-century and hosted lavish Centennial parties under the direction of then-owner and Ambassador to Britain John Welsh, who raised the interest and funds necessary to finance the 1876 festivities. Noted Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, trained under Louis Sullivan, designed many of the expansions, save for the recent addition of a modern kitchen, updated bathrooms, and central air. Offered for $1.285M, Spring Creek measures 7,500 square feet and sits on 1.62 acres, a far cry from the hundreds of acres the Rittenhouse family once owned along the Wissahickon.
· 6700 Wissahickon Ave [Realtor.com]