Location location location; the three rules of real estate. Peter A. B. Widener chose a gorgeous 34 acres piece of land in Elkins Park PA to erect his stunning estate which miraculously has never had its original footprint subdivided. Back in 1898 when the plans for the estate were first drawn up, P. A. B. and his family were considered new money and not part of the century old society known at Philadelphia's Main Line which is still existent today. Instead of constructing his home in Ardmore or Bala Cynwyd, he like all other relativity new members to the club started to settle in and around Elkins Park approximately thirty minutes from The Main Line. To this day, although not what it once was, Elkins Park remains one of the of the most beautiful areas surrounding the greater Philadelphia area.