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Toll Brothers To Develop 449 Luxury Homes in Newtown Square

Formerly known as the Ashford site, Liseter luxury homes is scheduled to open home sales in January 2013.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–The estate on the corner of Rt. 252/Newtown Street Road and Goshen Road in Newtown Square–owned by The Rouse Group–will soon be redeveloped into luxury homes by luxury home builder Toll Brothers.

"We were just informed...that Toll Brothers has partnered up with Rouse development to construct Ashford, which will be renamed to Liseter–Liseter is the farm that the du Pont family originally called the property," announced Newtown Township Manager Mike Trio at a supervisors meeting on Nov. 26.

According to Trio, Toll Brothers has "strictly committed" to the township's development standards.

"We made sure that when they came in and did their project that they were going to provide a high-standard project. They've initiated their planning and design criteria based on, what we're calling, a design standards manual for the development," said Trio. "That would be strictly adhered to."

The township was scheduled to have a meeting with Toll Brothers during the last week of November to go through a permit schedule and fee breakdown. Toll Brothers is expected to start construction by the end of the year. Trio said demolition permits have already been approved and demolition on the site is already taking placed.

According to a recent advertisement in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Liseter will include the following:

  • Seven collections of luxurious carriage and single-family homes
  • There will be 449 units in total
  • The estate will sit on 400 acres of land
  • Homes will range from 2,500 to 5,000 square feet
  • Homes will range from three to five bedrooms
  • An existing 7,000-square-foot barn will be historically preserved, restored, and refurbished into the community's clubhouse
  • Swimming pool
  • Walking trails
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Tennis courts

For more information on Liseter, visit the Toll Brothers website here. 

L. Ferguson December 05, 2012 at 05:33 PM
SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF HOUSES! AND OF COURSE TRAFFIC WILL BE A DREAM.....YA LIKE A NIGHTMARE! BUT WAIT....TOWNSHIP SAID WE DON'T HAVE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN NEWTOWN SQUARE? WHEN U LIVE IN LALA LAND U DON'T HAVE A N Y PROBLEMS!
JC December 08, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Well, at least it's better than those apartments they agreed to off of Rte 252. Apartments, unlike houses, compact lots of people in a very small area; they also bring in lots of kids to increase school taxes and workers (for now, section 8 later) to cause big traffic problems. I always wonder why the township doesn't consider preserving the land rather then developing it.
jimmy wildwood December 09, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I agree with the traffic concern but what can you do? Land will be developed as long as there's a buck in it, and the 3 and 4 car families come with it. No amount of policing or traffic studies will correct this unless you can widen the highways to handle the volume, which is expensive. Insert serenity prayer here!
sandy kauffman December 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Wonderful news..Great shot in the arm for the tax base to support the school district!
L.Roberts January 09, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I wonder if Newtown Square officials have ever been stuck in the traffic on 252 in rush hour. The traffic seems bad all day sometimes.. Clearly not the best use of this land for the residents that live here already.
L. Ferguson January 09, 2013 at 06:20 PM
NO LYDIA, TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS ARE NEVER STUCK IN TRAFFIC BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN LALA LAND. ACCORDING TO THEM, WE DON'T HAVE A TRAFFIC PROBLEM IN NEWTOWN SQUARE. WE DON'T NEED ALL THOSE HOUSES!
middleman January 10, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Yes.... the township officials all have helicopters to alleviate their traffic problems! Only thing we/you can do if we have an issue is buy the land so it can't be developed, as we live in a free country. All of us are living in a structure that was not there many, many years ago, and there is a good chance complaints were brought up when your house was built, so let's not be hypocrites!!
L. Ferguson January 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM
MIDDLEMAN, WHY SHOULD WE BUY THE PROPERTY? WHY DOES THE TOWNSHIP FEEL WE NEED ALL THOSE HOUSES? WHY DON'T THE TOWNSHIP THINK ABOUT PRESERVING NEWTOWN SQUARE (OR WHATS LEFT OF IT)? IS THAT SO STRANGE AN IDEA? OTHER COMMUNTIES PRESERVE THEIR LAND!

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