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See inside! 181-year-old cottage gets a modern makeover

Tucked between two expansive local parks, this estate is barely recognizable as the humble textile mill workers' cottage it was built as in 1835.

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Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow
Jim / Courtesy of Zillow

Back then, it was a duplex of sorts, housing two families and set amid many other homes of its type — part of a village built around the mill.

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Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow

Now it's a single-family home on nearly five acres amid parkland. It maintains its original stone appeal from the front, but otherwise is a modern home complete with reinforced concrete piers, walls of glass and steel beams. It's on the market for $4.299 million.

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Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow

A Philadelphia doctor who bought the home in 1910 converted it into a single-family dwelling. He turned the surrounding homes and buildings into a sanitarium called Gladwyne Colony. The facility eventually closed, and in the 1960s, a neighbor (who was also a Campbell Soup heir) bought the property and tore down all the buildings except this home.

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The current owner bought it in the early 1990s and "blew the back out." Only the front and side walls of the 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home are original, said Dennis Milstein.

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Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow
Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow

All the windows and skylights provide a feeling of connection to nature, even from inside the 6,500-square-foot home, he said. It's also filled with light, despite being in a valley. "Natural light pours in from the skylights," he said. Even at night, "it mimics what it would be like if you weren't inside a building at all."

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Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow

The property has been landscaped so that the woods almost envelop the home, and Milstein loves that there's virtually no yardwork. "We don't have any lawn whatsoever — no grass, no lawnmowers, no leaf raking," he said. "Everything goes back to nature."

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Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow

Most of the heating and cooling are geothermal, he said, and the estate is just a 15-minute drive from Philadelphia. "If there's any quality about this house that's more special than anything else, it would have to be it's location — because that's not replaceable."

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Jim / Courtesy of Zillow

The listing agent is Lisa Weber Yakulis of Kurfiss/Sotheby's International Realty. She also holds the listing for the former Campbell Soup estate, at $19.5 million.

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Jim Albert / Courtesy of Zillow

Photos by Jim Albert.

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