Main Line Monday: Back to Merrie Olde England in Wayne

531 Hilaire Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

531 Hilaire Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trying to find a place on the Main Line? Perhaps you’d rather pick a style that dates further back than the familiar Colonial era we know so well. Try 16th-century England and there’s a chance you’ll fall deeply in love with this quirky, charming Tudor-style home in Radnor.

A steeply pitched roof, embellished front porch, decorative splashes of brick and the faintest impression of half-timber framing are what make the curb appeal hard to forget. The entryway leads to an illuminated main living room that features a charming fireplace you’ll love curling up in front of during cold winters.

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That House Out There: Into The Woods Outside Pottstown

1315 Warwick Furnace Rd., Pottstown, Pa. 19465 | Photos: Mike Irby for James A. Cochrane, Inc.

We’d have loved to feature this home in our “Farmhouse Friday” department, but there were a few problems with that.

First, there’s no farm. That’s not an insurmountable problem, as we’ve featured many farmhouses in decidedly urban settings.

But more important is this: It’s not a farmhouse. Instead, it’s a strikingly urbane contemporary home with just a touch of the rustic about it, enhanced by being set in the middle of a 10-acre wooded plot overlooking French Creek. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Double the Pleasure in Perkasie

Guest house, 2500 Three Mile Run Rd., Perkasie, Pa. 18944 | Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

Guest house, 2500 Three Mile Run Rd., Perkasie, Pa. 18944 | Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s been quite some time since anyone grew crops or raised animals at Merestone Farm, judging from the photos you see here. Instead, this 7.8-acre lakeside property has become a place for sophisticated country living — a spacious private retreat in a county that’s chock-full of such rustic pleasures.

This one, however, takes the Bucks County country manor to a whole ‘nother level. Its elegant decor and formal gardens have landed this farmhouse and barn in the pages of Architectural Digest — twice. Make it yours and you and your friends will also marvel at its highly photogenic quality while enjoying its many amenities. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Lofty Goals in Midtown Village

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105 S. 12th St., Apt. 202, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Not trying to make an overstatement here, but we just might have found the loft of your dreams.

This Midtown Village condo is the ultimate home to match your city personality. Statement walls? Talk about statement ceilings: the completely open main floor features brick ceilings rising 23 feet and is flooded with light pouring through sizable double-hung arched windows. Warm hardwood floors, solid core doors and exposed industrial beams add charm and modernize the space. In such an illuminated room, it’s impossible not to look forward to mornings before work. Read more »

The Puck Drops on the Sale of Ed Snider’s California Estate

The late Ed Snider's palatial retreat in Montecito, Calif. | Photos: Jim Bartsch via Susan Burns

The late Ed Snider’s palatial retreat in Montecito, Calif. | Photos: Jim Bartsch via Susan Burns

The estate of Ed Snider has put his 9.4-acre Southern California estate on the market.

Snider, who parlayed his ownership of the Philadelphia Flyers into the sports and entertainment behemoth known as Spectacor, died in April at age 83, leaving behind an elegant Montecito estate that includes an eight-bedroom mansion, a two-story tennis pavilion with a wet bar and rooftop deck view, a two-bedroom guest house, and a swimming pool with cabana. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Cute Country House in Schwenksville

93 Woodland Ave., Schwenksville, Pa. 19473 | TREND Images from Coldwell Banker Preferred

93 Woodland Ave., Schwenksville, Pa. 19473 | TREND Images from Coldwell Banker Preferred

We’re sure that some of you out there look at our Farmhouse Friday featured homes and sigh because they’re all above your price range.

If that describes you, read on, because we think we’ve found the “farmhouse” for you.

This attractive, well-maintained bungalow sits on a one-third-acre lot in Schwenksville, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Main Line and King of Prussia. From its landscaped hillside lot, you can enjoy great views of Spring Mount and the Perkiomen Valley — the home even has a newly built deck out back where you can relax in the morning (or evening) and take in the view over morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. Read more »

7 Ways to Step Up Your Patio Game This Summer

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iStock/Alan Lagadu.

Summertime begs for backyard gatherings, whether you’re drinking coffee in the sunshine on a lazy Sunday morning or entertaining your crew for a cookout. Spruce up that outdoor space that you’ve managed to neglect since late October by testing out these doable patio upgrades — all it takes is a Saturday afternoon’s worth of elbow grease. (You got this.) And once it’s all said and done, your friends will fancy you an everyday Martha Stewart; plus, your neighbors will thank you a million times over. Here are seven simple ways to step up your patio game this summer: Read more »

This One Paint Job Could Make Your House Sell for $1,400 More

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If you’re thinking of putting your house up for sale (or if it’s been sitting on the market for a hot minute), maybe it’s time to hire a painting crew. A recent study by Zillow Digs goes against pretty much all realtors’ advice ever, revealing that painting your kitchen an unconventional color could actually make it sell for a whole lot more — but not just any color. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Big Little Beauty in Bella Vista

724 S 7th St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

724 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

The little home with the blue door. You’ll see it right away, but you won’t forget it as easily.

Tree-lined, quiet and quaint, the Bella Vista street this Colonial trinity sits on is enough to win your heart over. It’s not just the street, however. The living room inside this home gracefully showcases an open floor plan, with a wide arched passageway that opens into a charming kitchen boasting a hand-painted tile floor, tons of cabinet space and cozy storage nooks. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Recycling History in Landenberg

760 Chambers Rock Rd., Landerberg, Pa. 19350 | Images from Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby's International Realty, via TREND where indicated

760 Chambers Rock Rd., Landerberg, Pa. 19350 | Images from Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, via TREND where indicated

What you see above is the inside of a barn that dates to before the Civil War. It was part of a 10-acre Chester County farm with a farmhouse whose history stretched back even further, to the 1700s. Developer Reid Rowlands toured the farm in 2000 with an eye on buying it for his residence, but he loved the ramshackle barn so much, he decided to buy just it instead and spent the next three years indulging his passion for woodworking and rebuilding it into a one-of-a-kind residence. (You can see pictures of the transformation here.) For the past 13 years, he has called this 4.9-acre plot of land next to the White Clay State Park and Preserve home.

Lucky you. You now have a chance to make this luxurious yet rustic country home your own. And Rowlands even left you some opportunities to let your own inner craftsman run free. Read more »

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