Category: Montgomery County

Huge Wynnewood Whole Foods Gets Go-Ahead from Lower Merion Township

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At its last monthly meeting before the fall Monday night, the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission gave the green light to a huge new Whole Foods Market at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Wynnewood Road.

The new, 45,000-square-foot supermarket, which would replace an existing store just west of the site, will occupy a lot assembled from eight parcels stretching eastward from the Cumberland Farms store at the intersection to just west of the Citizens Bank on Wynnewood. Two large office buildings, the Cumberland Farms and six other commercial structures will be demolished to make way for the store.

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Iliana Strauss Lists Pep Boys Estate Designed By Walter K. Durham

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Iliana Strauss, the widow of Pep Boys heir Ben Strauss (son of Mo), has put her grand, 8,000-square-foot Haverford home designed by Walter K. Durham on the market for about $2 million. The nine-bedroom home, designed by Lower Merion’s most famous and prolific architect, may look historic-stone-and-ivy from the front, but from the back and indoors, it’s actually a mix of styles, insistently surprising the eye. In many rooms, for instance, there are random-width oak floors. But the kitchen is spare, and feels thoroughly contemporary.

The home sits on almost one-and-a-half acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with a pool, a pool house, an outdoor kitchen and grill, and a carriage house with an apartment. The photos tell the rest of the tale. Note the Pep Boys decor.

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Into the Woods: Lovely, Secluded Penn Valley Colonial for Sale

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This three-story colonial may be made of stone, but both outside and inside of the house, it’s all about wood. First, the outdoors: In the front, the home has a landscaped lawn and slate path. But around the home, trees grow wonderfully tall, making the enclosed patio seem like a tent pitched in the middle of the woods. Truly the best of both worlds.

Indoors, there are bright hardwood floors, white wood built-ins, molding aplenty, a wood-grain refrigerator facade, and a wooden jewel box of a room that elevates wood paneling (if you can even call it that) to an art form.

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Which County Has the Highest Property Sale Prices?

This Chester County homeis on the market for almost $4 million.

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Prudential HomExpert first-quarter report has an interactive tool that allows users to compare counties in the Delaware Valley by three different metrics: number of properties sold, median price of properties sold, and average days on the market.

The counties included are the usual suspects in our area (Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Philadelphia and Montgomery) along with five counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Salem and Gloucester). The survey is rounded out by New Castle and Kent counties in Delaware.

So who fares the best?

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US Open Last-Minute Rentals: There’s Still Time

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So Tiger will not drown in some kind of Biblical flood after all, despite the most sophisticated meteorological forecasts that suggested he might. The game will go on, and for those who want to see the players as they proceed along this notoriously difficult course–especially holes 14 to 18–there may be some last-minute weekend rentals within a manageable price range.

Below are some rentals we’ve spotted on airbnb that would make some sense. They’re listed as available for this weekend, but of course, there’s no guarantee.

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Burch Family Puts Linden Hall on the Market for $24.5M in Time for US Open

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When Robert Burch’s family moved to Gladwyne in 1999, having paid $9.3 million for an estate at 1543 Monk Road, they’d been living on a huge farm. As a result, the property–once owned by the Campbell Soup Dorrance dynasty–gradually took on more rustic aspects–chickens, for instance, and son Roby’s horseback commute to school each day (chronicled in 2010 in the Inquirer). According to the first issue of Grays Lane magazine, Roby even drives a John Deere tractor in the Gladwyne Memorial Day Parade.

But make no mistake: Since it was designed and built by Edmund Gilchrist in 1929, the 50-plus-acre estate has remained very much the same: a village of buildings meant to look like Normandy and anchored by a 14,000-square-foot, 20-room manor home.

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US Golf Open Rental: For Some Portion of $40,000 You’d Better See Beads of Tiger’s Sweat

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This five-bedroom, four-bath property in Ardmore is listed at $40,000 a month, and while that is rather on the prohibitive side for many, it has some real merit. First of all, the street name–Golfview Road–inspires confidence. As well it should: the 6,000-square-foot home is right on the 7th hole/8th tee (no idea what that means, but it’s apparently a good thing) with multiple balconies and a patio for clear views.

There’s also a hospitality suite, for those who like to be hospitable, and daily cleaning service. The price is $40,000 per month, but that will surely get amortized depending on length of stay.

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Farmhouse Friday: Make Hay While the Sun Shines. No, Really.

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This beautiful 94-plus acre (!) property is primarily used right now for haymaking. Being city folk here at Property, we’re a bit ashamed to admit that, um, we don’t really know what that involves. But even for those who don’t make hay, there’s so much to love here, in particular for equestrians. There’s a horse barn with 16 box stalls, an indoor arena and outdoor arena, a fenced pasture, an eight bay equipment shed and bank barn. There’s also a stream, called Middle Creek, that divides the property.

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SOLD: Gladwyne’s Infamous “Teen Cribs”/Pouls Family Fraud House!

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Michael Pouls was in real estate. He made a bundle. He and his wife Sheryl bought an outrageously ostentatious home–six-bedrooms, 8 1/2 baths, 15,300 square feet–in Gladwyne on Mirabeau Lane. Their ostentation alienated neighbors but attracted the attention of MTV, which featured daughter Samantha’s “princess palace” on Season Two, Episode 9 of Teen Cribs.

Sweet Samantha had a dressing room large enough for half the homeless people in Philadelphia. She enjoyed rides in her elevator. She showed off the indoor pool and was especially fond of the observatory with Daddy’s antique telescope. The ice cream parlor? That was okay too. More →