Phases One and Two are now sold out. Just five units remaining for sale!


Blake Development is pleased to offer the remaining five residences at Overlea, a handsome, private and gated enclave of 13 elegantly appointed townhomes on 1.67 beautifully-landscaped acres neighboring the Morris Arboretum. Overlea offers a turnkey, low maintenance lifestyle with all the amenities and conveniences today's buyer demands -- strategically located in one of the area's most desirable locations. The finest new construction homes in Philadelphia offer what you have come to expect from one of the city’s premier custom builders.

Three models offer 3,500 to 3,800 square feet, including a gracious foyer, powder room and library, formal living room with fireplace, dining room, gourmet kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry, marble countertops and a Wolf/SubZero appliance package. Hardwood floors have been installed on first and second levels. The main living level also includes a covered balcony that is perfect for outdoor entertaining. The third and fourth levels include a fabulous master bedroom suite with walk-in closets, a luxurious bathroom with radiant heated marble floors. The finest Philadelphia luxury homes also offer two additional bedrooms, two full baths and a laundry room and generous closet space/storage throughout. Energy-efficient systems and a two car garage are also in place. Options for upgrades include elevator servicing all four floors, custom built-in cabinetry.(A complete list is in the “Upgrades” section) Enjoy a premium location, walk to the Arboretum and Forbidden Drive and just a quick drive to Chestnut Hill, the Wissahickon trails and Erdenheim Farm with an easy commute to Center City and the Main Line. Late spring 2017 delivery with only five residences remaining for sale! Priced at $995,000.

Testimonials from the residents of Overlea:

"We are sitting in our beautiful home and having a cocktail by the fire.....admiring all the wonderful details you put into these homes. So instead of giving you a punch list, we just wanted to say thank you."

"I love my beautiful new home.  It is quite simply perfect."


Blake Development Corporation


Sam Blake, founder and owner of Blake Development Corporation, has been building and restoring the highest-quality custom single- and multi-family residences since 1987.Today he is established as one of the Philadelphia area’s premier builders of luxury homes in Philadelphia. Specializing in the region’s finest neighborhoods, the award-winning Blake Development Corporation prides itself in the selection of quality materials, the work of skilled craftsmen, and a meticulous attention to detail that goes into every home. The company’s tradition of excellence is deeply rooted in  its respect and commitment to preserving and honoring the architectural heritage of Philadelphia and its surrounding communities.


Blake Development’s outstanding customer satisfaction speaks to a hands-on project commitment that demands -- and can count on -- Sam Blake’s personal attention at every integral stage of the building or restoration process. Their awareness that true success lies in their ability to respond to client needs sets them apart from other builders of luxury townhomes in Philadelphia; it's not just a house being built, but a future home.

*The photographs below are the homes of current Overlea residents.


Luxurious style combined with modern amenities


The name “Overlea" refers to a private residence built for Mr. David Pepper and his family in 1893. Their home bordered the Morris estate which is now the Morris Arboretum, in Chestnut Hill. Designed by Wilson Eyre Jr., a well known residential architect of the time, it brought national attention to Philadelphia’s suburban architecture. In 1948 the building was purchased by the Arboretum and re-named for Thomas Sovereign Gates, a former University of Pennsylvania President, who was instrumental in establishing the Arboretum.


Kitchen details

  • Gourmet eat-in kitchen
  • Custom cabinetry by Donald Reinert
  • Granite or marble counter tops 
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer 
  • Stainless steel Wolf range/oven/microwave  
  • White subway tile back splash
  • Asko dishwasher

Master suite details

  • His and hers walk-in closet
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom
  • Carrera marble-tiled shower and floor
  • Granite counter tops
  • Frameless glass shower
  • Kohler fixtures
  • Laundry adjacent with Electrolux washer and dryer

Exterior details

  • 13 impeccably finished townhouses
  • Cedar shake and standing seam roofs
  • Exterior design incorporates Wissahickon schist, John Hardie siding, and stucco
  • Two car attached garage with Artisan Benchmark carriage doors
  • The surrounding 1.67 acres are landscaped to provide the utmost privacy and serenity.
  • Gated entrance
  • Exterior lighting and security video

Interior details

  • Hardwood floors in ground floor foyer, hallway and entire first floor
  • Wood paneled elevator servicing all four floors, with upgrade option available                         
  • Fireplace in great room and living room
  • Built-in bookshelves surrounding fireplace - upgrade option available
  • 3-zone central air and heating system
  • Home security system

The neighborhood


Get to know the neighborhood around Overlea. Click on the links below to see what the surrounding area has to offer!



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