Collinwood Mansion in Pine hits the market for $3.5M

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 12:25 PM


It turns out you don’t have to leave Pine Township in order to live in Collinwood Mansion, a Gilded Age summer home or a French chateau.

With the 12-bedroom, 23,247-square-foot estate at 724 Bristlecone Drive that just hit the market, you get all that and more in one property.

You just have to have $3.5 million.

According to a press release from Berkshire Hathaway realtor Kay Barchetti, the owners modeled the property’s manor house and castle — complete with turrets and towers — after “Gothic renaissance manor homes and Tudor castles of England, the French Chateau de Chenonceau, Gilded Age summer homes by the great industrialists in Newport, Rhode Island, and Lyndhurst Mansion in upstate New York” as well as the 1960s Gothic horror soap opera “Dark Shadows.” They built a replica of Collinwood Mansion, home to the fictional Collins family in the television show that ran from 1966 to 1971 and was later a 2012 film.

The home also contains replicas of famous rooms in the “Queen’s residence next to the Ritz London” and “the Hotel Del Coronado in California.”

Built in 2007 and 2011, the manor house has 12,969 square feet of living space while the castle has 10,278 square feet for “family, guests, business and entertainment.”

In addition to the unique architecture, the gated property, which sits on 6.8 acres, features a 975-square-foot apartment for an au pair or in-laws, two two-story formal entries, a two-story family/great room, three living rooms, three kitchens, two dining rooms plus a two-story great dining hall, five game/entertainment/play rooms, six dens/home offices, including a private study replica of Wayne Manor complete with sliding bookcase and Batpoles from the “Batman” television show, 12 to 14 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a home theater with a proscenium stage, a two-story Edwardian library and a two-story chapel that’s a replica of Heinz Chapel, where the owners were married.

Outdoor features include a “waterfall poolside oasis,” a custom Lilliput play house for kids, a custom shed and parking for 20 cars with a three-car attached garage and 17 to 20 off-street spaces within the gates.

The castle and manor house are connected by an underground passageway as well as an upper level bridge.

T.J. and Wendy Lubinsky own the estate, according to Allegheny County real estate records. T.J. Lubinsky is a former WQED on-air fundraising director who for many years has produced music fundraising programs, most famously featuring doo-wop acts, for PBS.

There’s also a two-story professional television/recording studio located within the estate, and as such it has seen its fair share of celebrities pass through to produce radio and television specials, including Adam West, Dionne Warwick, Robert Wagner, Barry Bostwick, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, B.J. Thomas, Bobby Vinton, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Jack Jones and Jackie Evancho, whose video for her cover of Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” from the James Bond movie “Spectre,” was filmed at the estate.

Property tax is listed at $52,867 per year. The home is in the Pine-Richland School District.