Main Line Monday: Valley View Estate Listed for the Second Time in Sixty Years

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Almost saved this one for Friday, but we just couldn’t wait to share it with you! Listed last week for a cool – brace yourself, now – $3.5 million, the Valley View estate in Lower Merion finds itself on the market for the second time in sixty years. Quick, get thee to the gallery below before it disappears for another couple of decades!

Situated on more than two acres, the property consists of a stone Pennsylvania farmhouse, three-car garage, and heated swimming pool with hot tub. The Valley View main residence claims 8,000 square feet of living space, including a fully renovated basement with a 1,200-bottle wine cellar. One of its neatest features, though, is the custom wall covering depicting New York Harbor circa 1860 in the formal dining room.

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Double Shot: Building Includes Bella Vista’s Bean Exchange, Decked Out Apartments

All images by TREND via Redfin

All images by TREND via Redfin

The building that houses the Bean Exchange, a popular coffee house at 7th and Bainbridge in Bella Vista, has just hit the market $779,000. Consider it a double-shot of an investment opportunity, as the two (pretty stellar, we might add) 1-bedroom apartments are also included in the deal.

The listing on Redfin states that both apartment units are on a month-to-month lease of $2,000/month, each with their own parking spot, washer/dryer in unit and private decks. The second floor unit above the coffee shop also has three sets of French doors with Juliet balconies overlooking 7th and Bainbridge streets.

It’s worth noting that the Bean Exchange isn’t selling their business, you’d just be their landlord.

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Farmhouse Friday: Dancing Deer Asks For $1.95 Million in Chester Springs

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Mural-adorned and swathed in updates, the recently listed Dancing Deer Farm is just waiting to have all seven of its bedrooms occupied. The home, a sizable construction situated on four-plus acres in Chester County, offers over 5,400 square feet of living space, in addition to extra room in a carriage house and Pennsylvania bank barn with work space and wood shop.

Here’s the rundown on the main house:

  • Built circa 1790; includes three original fireplaces
  • Updated by Arcus Design in 1998
  • Mud room, finished lower level, laundry room with glass pocket doors
  • New cedar shake roof and Gaffney-designed patio
  • Kitchen includes Dacor and Thermador appliances, ice maker, built-in computer station
  • Bar with butler’s pantry

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Sleek and Sun-Drenched: Unit 318 Is Available at South Street’s 1352 Lofts

Photo credit: Mike Eckstrom, MJE Photographic

Photo credit: Mike Eckstrom, MJE Photographic

The other day, the Metro newspaper drew up a list of local residential buildings where, if they for whatever reasoned opted to buy a home here, certain A-List celebrities might decide to move. To Kimye, they assigned 500 Walnut; for the Jolie-Pitt clan, Parc Rittenhouse; and to Leonardo “Never Let Go, Rose” DiCaprio, they left a unit at 1352 Lofts, so that his, quote, “posse of models will have plenty of room to stand in stilettos under the 20-foot ceilings.”

Hah, perhaps, but we doubt he’d spend much time there what with his efforts to save the environment and all.  Yet, as Metro notes, any of the sleek units offered at the Broad and South loft building – there are a total of seventy-two, actually, ranging from studios, flats, to bi-levels –  would jibe well with a bachelor (or bachelorette) like Leo. Or Bradley Cooper. Yeah, it’s more Cooper. Leo might live at Icon.

As it so happens, unit no. 318 at 1352 Lofts is currently on the market. Features of note in this two-bedroom include hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows (yes, they’re 20 feet high!), private balcony, and an open space living area, which the master bedroom occupant can enjoy in full view from their loft sleeping quarter. Central air is also included.

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Jaw Dropper of the Year: The Vanna Venturi House Is On The Market

The Vanna Venturi House | Photos: Steve Davis and Steven Goldblatt, via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

The Vanna Venturi House | Photos: Steve Davis and Steven Goldblatt, via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s not everyday that a genuine piece of architectural history hits the market. In fact, when we first saw the listing, our mouths were left agape at the shear possibility that someone could now own what is widely regarded as the building that started the Postmodern movement.

The Vanna Venturi House on Millman Street in Chestnut Hill was designed by Robert Venturi for his mother between 1959 and 1964 and has been the topic of many essays and even been featured on a postage stamp. More recently, it was listed as one of the “10 Buildings That Changed America” by PBS.

Melanie Stecura, listing agent with Kurfiss Sotheby’s, said that she’s been working on putting the home on the market for five years, and that a home of this historic value couldn’t have found better a steward than owner Dr. Thomas P. Hughes, a former professor at the University of Pennsylvania who passed away last February. Hughes and his wife, Agatha, bought the home in 1973 from Robert Venturi, after his mother, Vanna, passed away.

The daughter of Dr. Hughes, Agatha, currently lives in and lovingly maintains the home, which marked its 50th year in 2013. The estate of Dr. Hughes has listed the property for $1.75 million and Sectura tells us that the family has cherished the home. “It has been maintained in its original condition. [The family] has a real love of the house, and Bob Venturi has been really involved in anything that’s been done inside the home.” That includes the minor details, such as picking out paint colors. “We’re hoping to find somebody that has the same kind of love for the house that his family had,” added Sectura. “It’s an icon, really.”

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Spotted in Bucks County: Mid-Century Getaway Cloistered in the Trees

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

When a home is this surrounded by natural greenery, it’s hard not to imagine you’re in your own secluded oasis. Of course, this home elicits the feeling two-fold what with the property consisting of seven-plus acres, in addition to backing into 400 acres of protected state land.

Interspersed with the plantings and forest landscape are boulders and a path leading to the swimming pool, while inside the mid-century modern stylings of the house can be seen throughout. (The listing notes its current owned have “meticulously maintained,” as well as updated, the home during their stay.) Its light-generous exposures allow the outdoor beauty to trickle in, particularly in the great room where the custom sliding glass doors lead out to the decks.

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Spotted: Boutique Building in Old City Houses Minima, Three Designer Units

All photos by Kate Devlin via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach

All photos by Kate Devlin via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach

Here’s an interesting one for you investment types: the building that houses Minima, a minimalist/modernist furniture gallery at 118 North 3rd Street in Old City, is up for sale for a cool $1.95 million. Here’s the catch, it also includes three designer units above the retail space–a pretty sweet package, if we do say so ourselves.

Eugenie Perret, owner of Minima, told us that they designed each floor of the property. “It started with the Minima space and kept going up and doing each loft,” Perret said. While the listing includes the prime retail space on the popular North 3rd Street corridor (it’s adjacent to Art in the Age), Minima still holds the lease and listing agent Mike McCann of BHHS Fox & Roach said the ideal situation would be for the buyer to lease the space back to Minima in the event of a sale.

Perret said they’re definitely not closing, but would be open to a wider space in the area, if that opportunity ever presented itself.  “Commercial lease terms subject to negotiation,” as per the listing.

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Trinity Tuesday: Snug Rental Just Off the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-1818 Rittenhouse

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-1818 Rittenhouse

Watch out, you might just miss it! Slightly concealed on little Bonsall Street in Fitler Square, this quaint two-bedroom offers up a perfectly respectable piece of real estate: oak hardwood floors throughout, exposed brick, central air, and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room.

Like most compact trinities (this one comes at us with 583 square feet), the home makes use of all four of its floors, with the eat-in kitchen being situated in the lower level, where the Maytag washer and dryer and other mechanicals are also located. The top floor, meanwhile, is home to the main bedroom, which enjoys a vaulted ceiling and sizable closet space. Bonus? It’s got easy access to Rittenhouse amenities, as well as the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk.

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Main Line Monday: Flyers Fans, Your Dream Home Is in Wayne

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Let’s be honest here. It’s going to be a really, really long time before any one of our Main Line Monday picks dethrones Fernside Cottage in Gladwyne. That being said, it’s not like there won’t be any that come close (or at least make some kind of impression). So what exactly is oh-so special about today’s pick? Guys, we can sum it up in three words: Indoor. Ice. Rink.

Yep, you read that correctly. This 6,188-square-foot residence in Wayne comes with its own synthetic ice rink (grab your ice skates, kids!). Per the listing, it’s located on the lower level, where there’s also a second kitchen, ice machine, home gym, and bonus recreation room.

(And while hockey fans are having a ball downstairs, the more summer activity-oriented will be happy to know there’s also an in-ground saltwater pool on the property.)

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City House of the Week: Private NoLibs Condo With Indoor/Outdoor Fireplace

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All photos by TREND via Redfin

Sunday is brunch day, and we’ve found a quiet condo that’s perfectly situated around the corner from the famous Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat. Of course, if you don’t want to hang around waiting for a table (though totally worth it), you can always cook up a fine meal in the comforts of your own home (wait till you see the kitchen). Read more »

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