Farmhouse Friday: What’s Past Is Present in Villanova

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you’re one of those people who’s looking to live “the country life” but don’t want the remoteness that comes with it, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

This lovely stone home in Villanova dates to 1890, when it really was part of a working farm. Development now surrounds it. and it’s been completely updated with modern fixtures and features, but it’s still loaded with classic farmhouse charm.

The built-in shelves, wainscotting, crown moldings, hardwood floors, fireplaces and hidden cabinets you’ll find throughout this house are all original and lovingly maintained. Joining these details are newer details like French doors, skylights, recessed lighting, and modern bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Double Feature in Chestnut Hill

208-10 Rex Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

208-10 Rex Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Photos: Drew Callaghan via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s not too often that you run across a house with a split personality. A person with that character trait might be sent to a therapist, but when you run across it in a house, it opens up all sorts of possibilities.

Architect H. Louis Duhring evidently saw that in this 1860s Italianate Victorian summer home in Chestnut Hill. In the 1920s, he bought this house and added onto it a four-story wing in the Arts and Crafts style in the rear. The result is a super-spacious home, currently divided into three residences, that offers multiple opportunities for its owner, including the prospect of adding additional income property on its site. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Cool Pad in Manayunk

4529 St. Davids St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 |TREND Images via Keller Williams Blue Bell Realty

4529 St. Davids St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 |TREND Images via Keller Williams Blue Bell Realty

Trinity homes all predate the era of modern climate control; the first residential air conditioning systems were developed in the 1920s, right around the time this cute trinity just up the hill from Manayunk’s Main Street was built. No builder in Philadelphia at that time would have installed the new technology in such a modest home.

But that was then, and this is now. City building codes and consumer preferences require air conditioning in all new construction. And while it need not be installed in an existing home that’s being renovated or rebuilt, the owner of this home decided to throw it in anyway when it got a top-to-bottom makeover a short while ago. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: The View of 500 Walnut

Architects attending last weekend's AIA convention get a hard hat tour at one remove of the 500 Walnut construction site. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Architects attending last weekend’s AIA convention get a hard hat tour at one remove of the 500 Walnut construction site. | Photos: Sandy Smith

There’s luxury high-rise living, and then there’s luxury high-rise living.

The first kind offers you space where the builder has done the heavy lifting and lets you outfit it from a range of high-end accoutrements; you can supply the interior designer to give it some of your own personality.

Tom Scannapieco specializes in the second kind, the kind where you shape the entire space from the layout to the details to suit your desires. This style of development has redefined the upper end of the luxury market in Philadelphia, and last Thursday, he explained how he raised the bar to a group of architects in town for the American Institute of Architects convention, who also got to see his latest ultra-luxury project as it rises from the ground. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Real Sanctuary in Narberth

200 Price Ave. # ELM 5, Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

200 Price Ave. # ELM 5, Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

One of the most sensitively executed adaptive reuse projects on the Main Line is now complete, and as a result, you now have the opportunity to live in a condo like no other in one of the Main Line’s most walkable, family-friendly communities.

This top-of-the-line unit at is the result of Main Line reBuild’s conversion of Alexander Mackie Adams’ 1929 United Methodist Church of Narberth into Elm Hall at Narberth Place, with six distinctive condominium units. This one, Unit 5, occupies part of the church sanctuary, which means you get some fabulous architectural elements built right in along with the modern conveniences you might expect. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Great Room in North Wales

106 White Tower Lane, North Wales, Pa. 19454 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

106 White Tower Lane, North Wales, Pa. 19454 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“Were you raised in a barn?”

Your kids might answer this question literally if they grow up in this huge former barn in North Wales.

Built in 1841, the structure has been converted into a one-of-a-kind home that offers totally modern comfort, room for expansion and a heaping helping of vintage character. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Logged In in Bucks

163 Marienstein Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa. 18972| Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

163 Marienstein Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa. 18972| Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Usually, log lodgings come in two basic varieties: the rustic, rough-hewn, back-t0-the-land log cabin and the luxurious Gilded Age hunting lodge.

Cross both with the Main Line Colonial aesthetic, and the result would probably look like this solidly built and splendidly outfitted log home in Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County.

Actually, for all it evokes Gilded Age splendor, this home, built entirely of cedar logs shipped from Maine, is almost totally modern. Read more »

That House Out There: Tinkering with History in Westtown

1534 Woodland Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1534 Woodland Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

You know how there are those who just can’t resist tinkering with things — assembling them, disassembling them, rearranging them, adding and subtracting from them?

The Westtown farmhouse you see here has an owner who was into that sort of thing, and the house was the object of all the tinkering.

Now the widow of that owner is ready to downsize her life, and your reward is a house that you can retool into the home of your own dreams. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Something Extra in Queen Village

229 Fulton St., Unit E, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

Somewhere between 1920 (the date this house was built, according to the listing) and today, someone was enamored enough of this trinity on a quiet secluded alleyway in Queen Village to double down on it.

Because of that, you get double for your money: twice the bathrooms, twice the fireplaces, twice the outdoor space and nearly twice the typical square footage of a trinity. You also get some unusual extras in the bargain. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Real Bargain in Penn Valley

1600 Hagys Ford Rd 3M living & dining room

1600 Hagys Ford Rd., Unit 3M, Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | Images from owner via Zillow

Ladies and gentlemen, get your mortgage financing lined up now if living in one of the Main Line’s loveliest residential communities is on your wish list, for it’s a good bet that by the time you read this, this fairly roomy, very sunny, up-to-date condominium in Penn Valley will have gotten multiple offers for its owner, who is handling its sale directly.

But just in case we’re wrong about that, we’re showing it to you anyway. Read more »

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