Jaw Dropper of the Week: French Country Estate-Style Dream on the Main Line

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

If this week’s Main Line Monday home seemed fitting as the setting for a Sabrina remake, then this Villanova residence would work great in a period film. Stylized in the character of French Colonial country estates, the three-acre property vaunts superb outdoor spaces by award-winning landscape architect Chuck Hess, while the home itself was designed by Peter Zimmerman Architects, a local firm noted for their historic preservation and residential projects on the Main Line. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Built in 2002, the house at 1113 Brynlawn Road offers elegant rooms with accents that include coffered and latticework ceilings, fireplaces (there are seven total), reclaimed antique pecan floors, and custom millwork. Floor-t0-ceiling windows and French doors are also throughout, with a pair in the garden room leading out to a flagstone patio overlooking the multi-garden grounds (which, for the record, was the Association of Professional Landscape Designers “Residential Best of Show” award winner in 2007). The garden room also connects to a a gallery with access to the study and open family kitchen. Specs and photos below.

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Sold: Connor Barwin’s Super-Cool Rittenhouse Condo With Speakeasy Bar

Left: Jeff Fusco | Right: BHHS Fox   Roach, Center City Walnut

Left: Jeff Fusco | Listing Images by OBEO Photographers via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City Walnut

It’s been a busy summer for Connor Barwin. When he’s not at training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles, the guy has been hard at work (literally) making the transformation at Ralph Brooks Park a reality. Somehow, between his gridiron plays and his urbanist ways, Barwin found time to sell his home at 18th and Pine.

That’s right, Barwin’s amazing condo a short walk from Rittenhouse Square sold in early June for $1.25 million, according to city records. If you’ve been following along at home, that’s spot on to the original list price.

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Trinity (Two-Fer) Tuesday: Chester County Farmhouse With Ties to Prohibition Liquor Still Operation

Still Hollow Farm, a Chest County Farmhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, Exton

This is a very special edition of Trinity Tuesday–a two-fer, if you will. This historic property in Glenmoore is dubbed Still Hollow Farms, and boasts not only a main house dating back to the 1760’s, but also a standalone trinity within the friendly confines of its 14-acre farm. Typically, we’d save this one for our Farmhouse Friday, but we got too excited about it and, well, here we are.

Throw in the fact that Chester County legend has it the property came to be named Still Hollow Farms due to it housing a popular (and illegal) liquor operation serving Philadelphians during the dark ages of Prohibition, and we damn near fainted when we read the listing.

Jean Pecknoe, the home’s listing agent and Realtor with BHHS Fox & Roach in Exton, tells us that there are actually four buildings on the property: the main house, the trinity, a spring house and a bank barn that features a caretaker’s apartment. “It’s a very pretty property,” Pecknoe says.

The main house dates back to the 1760’s and, though added to over the years, its field stone and cedar shingle exterior has kept that classic farmhouse feel. Let’s all grab a glass of sun-brewed iced tea and mozy on inside this place.

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Spotted: Industrial Loft On Washington Avenue Before it Was Cool

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City, Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City, Rittenhouse Hotel

Washington Avenue is a hotbed of activity (and talk) these days. And hell, if Bart Blatstein is bullish on the strip currently marked with shopping malls, massive industrial buildings, home improvement centers and cars parked everywhere from the sidewalk to the median to the bike lane, well then, we are, too.

You know who else was rather keen on Washington Avenue? Developer David Grasso, when his development company transformed a former industrial building at 11th and Washington into the at the Lofts at Bella Vista, a 78-unit condo building topped with classy penthouse units.

That was back in 2006. Now, #505 is available for $425,000, and if Blatstein’s thinking that Washington Avenue could see a potential of $1 billion in future investment (as he said in the Citified piece, you should read it), then that might actually turn out to be a bargain.

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Main Line Monday: Refined Villanova Manse Perfect Setting for Sabrina Remake

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

With Hollywood’s occasional remake frenzy in mind, we propose this Villanova home as one of the settings for a modern-day version of Sabrina, a 1954 rom-com starring Audrey Hepburn. (Let’s pretend the Harrison Ford* one never happened.) Without giving too much away, there’s an early scene in the film where a young, heartbroken Sabrina locks herself in the multi-car garage after seeing her crush, the spoiled younger son of her father’s rich employer, with another woman. She blacks out from car exhaust poisoning, but is saved at the last minute by Humphrey Bogart, the more together, mature elder son. You can imagine how this is going to end, right?

Anyway, the point is this residence has an expanded four-door garage that would be an excellent backdrop for that scene. It doesn’t hurt that it can actually hold up to seven vehicles, what with its three commercial parking lifts, thereby driving the point that Sabrina, the daughter of the family chauffeur, is considered a less than suitable match for either of the young men of the house and vice-versa (the house staff wants to protect her good name).

Other high-end features on the property include a pool and pool house, while inside are three separate recreation areas, plus a walk-in, temperature-controlled wine cellar. What’s more, the grey stone Tudor has several French doors with original leaded glass, as well as a marvelous Downsview kitchen with built-in banquette seating in the breakfast room. Then, there’s the matter of the deluxe master retreat, which has a bathroom encompassing separate baths, hers with seated shower, jetted tub, fireplace, and adjacent walk-in closet; his with steam shower and dressing area. A mirrored gym can be found on the third level.

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Tribeca “Look-Alike” Penthouse in Queen Village Seeks to Lure New Yorkers

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The former Saint Stanislaus School | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

It’s no secret that New Yorkers love Philadelphia, and a new listing for a bi-level condo in Queen Village seems to want to play off the fact that nearly 30,000 residents each year trade in the pricey pastures of the Big Apple for the affordability and coolness of the City of Brotherly Love.

Here’s the first line of the listing, via BHHS Fox and Roach:

“Take a Relaxing 80 Minute Train Ride to NY and save Millions of Dollars by Buying this Chelsea/Tribeca/Soho LOOK A LIKE. A True NY Loft with a Million Dollar View.”

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City House of the Week: Restored City Heirloom in Queen Village

TREND images via Realtor.com

TREND images via Realtor.com

Old City may have the word in its name, but it’s certainly not the only neighborhood promising history that spans back centuries. Case in point, Queen Village, which the Queen Village Neighbors Association website reports was originally a property owned by a Swedish family who crossed over long before William Penn even founded Philadelphia.

According to QVNA, the area underwent a serious wave of construction in the mid-eighteenth century and several residential buildings from that time are still around. One of the more notable ones is the George Mifflin House on the 100 block of Pemberton Street – it’s calling card? It has Mifflin’s original initials and the 1748 construction date on its side. Though, if we’re going by age here, it looks as if our City House of the Week beats out even the likes of that property. Read more »

Price Cut: Mahogany-Infused Rittenhouse Mansion With Interior Juliet Balconies

Now this is a staircase. | TREND images by BHHS Fox & Roach-Narberth

Now this is a staircase. | TREND images by BHHS Fox & Roach-Narberth

It’s been an interesting ride for the jaw-dropping brownstone at 2012 Spruce Street. First listed over two years ago for $4.3 million, a series of price cuts and delistings now means the marvelous home can be had for well under $4 million. Will this price bring forth a buyer? We’ll have to wait and see.

Until that happens, let’s gawk at some of the amazing pictures from inside the home.

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Farmhouse Friday: West Chester Barn Converted Into Magnificent Residence

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

We don’t mean to play favorites here, but if we just had to choose a home on the Wyllpen Farm residential development to stand above the rest, it would definitely be this one. See, unlike its “newly” constructed neighbors, which were built between 1986 and 2000, this unique residence is a 175-year-old converted barn home outfitted with modern upgrades and balanced with original details.

Just looking at the photos gives you a sense of its original function, with hand-hewn beams and hayloft ladders all still present, as are the built-in bookshelves and beehive pillars. As mentioned earlier, though, it’s also been updated, these changes including remodeled upstairs bathrooms, butler’s pantry with wet bar and wine fridge, and an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite tops. Outside, all the outdoor lighting and landscaping got a redesign in 2011.

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New Listing: Fantastically Restored Dwelling Behind Historic Philly Site

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

Under normal circumstances we’d hesitate to show you a home standing near a prison. (Trust us.) Fortunately, the correctional institution in question has long ceased to hold inmates. In fact, it’s now one of the city’s most historic sites and a fun destination during the Halloween season if you don’t mind the long lines – that’s right, we’re talking about Eastern State Penitentiary.

Completed in 1836, the facility was an architectural marvel that drew crowds on horse and buggy all the way from Philadelphia, which was then situated a mile away, according to Eastern State’s website. This restored gem on 23rd is about two blocks from the site and if you’ve ever been in the neighborhood, you know homes in that area are a far cry from the giant’s gloomy past.

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