Built on nearly 42 acres of bucolic countryside in Chadds Ford, Pa., some 30 miles west of Philadelphia, this Brandywine River estate took six years to complete. Surprisingly, all six of those years are in the 21st century. That's right, this country palace might look like the product of a Gatsby-era dalliance, but, in fact, it's a recently completed, totally modern mansion. To achieve that worn-in look, the house was roofed with 300-year-old slate tiles salvaged from dilapidated English country homes and Brit stonemasons were flown in to supervise the construction. One might think that after all that effort, the owners might intend on living out their lives in this stone monstrosity, but, for some reason, they've opted to list their beautiful country home for $12.9M.
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