Malvern mansion with a Lego room and history of ill-fated owners hits the market for $9.875M

Malvern mansion with a Lego room and history of ill-fated owners hits the market for $9.875M

A massive Malvern mansion spanning more than 22,000 square feet has been put on the market for $9.875 million.

The home at 1494 Treeline Drive sits on 2.4 acres encircled by the Valley Creek Preserve. It has 29 rooms — including seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and three half bathrooms — along with a six-car heated garage, wine cellar, movie theater and commercial-sized kitchen.

The house is decorated in mahogany and marble, with soaring ceilings and six fireplaces. There’s a fitness room, massive closets, an elevator and rooms decked out with sports memorabilia and Lego sculptures.

“This was built like an old, classic colonial revival with absolutely the finest materials,” said listing agent John C. Dubbs Jr. of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach.

Adding to the home’s intrigue is its checkered ownership history.

The current owner, pharmaceutical executive Raymond Mirra , bought the property for $4.5 million in 2006 under the limited liability corporation Valley Creek Estate. Mirra and his Shuana Mirra have since moved to Florida, paying $20.4 million for a 12,640-square-foot home near Miami late last year.

Mirra’s ex-wife, Gigi Jordan , was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2015 for killing their autistic son . A federal judge overturned her conviction last year .

The home was built in 1995, but construction was paused before its original owner Richard Carl Grossman could finish the property. As one of Greater Philadelphia’s most notorious con men, Grossman defrauded financial institutions out of close to $18 million with promises to build “telepsychology” clinics, but he spent a great deal of the money on building the house, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported . He pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering, and the house was put up for auction.

The home’s second owner, Kenneth Kensey — the late founder of medical firms Kensey Nash and Rheologics — bought the partially-built house for just under $2 million and sunk millions more into renovations. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in 2005, according to the Inquirer, and he ended up selling the home to Mirra a year later for $4.5 million following two failed auctions.

Dubbs has been the broker for the house each time it’s been on the market. Now he’s back for a third sale in three decades.

Dubbs is requiring interested parties to verify their financial standing and capability of buying the house before scheduling a showing. That’s because of past experiences where potential buyers have signed purchase agreements but never signed a check, he said.

“I showed this house to probably the top 10 kooks in the United States,” Dubbs said. “Guys that pretended to have money and walked through this house and pretended to have an interest in it and disappeared. So I’m going about it a different way.”

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