The 2013 USGA Open Championship will be held at the Merion Golf Club this year, and that means many overnight guests will come for at least a week in June and need places to stay–including odds-on favorite Tiger Woods. Savvy Main Line property owners are taking advantage of the influx of moneyed spectators by charging unfathomable (though obviously quite plausible) rental prices, some of them just for a driveway or lawn. As with other large sporting events, the closer the home is to the venue, the higher the price, but with golf, there’s a little wrinkle as its fans like to stay on the venue if possible. So the homes that charge the most are on the golf club grounds.
Photo: Laura Kicey
A decade in the making, Dranoff Properties‘ plans for a Cricket Avenue mixed-use project in Ardmore–with 121 residential units–will finally be unveiled tomorrow. We’ll have renderings by mid-morning, but in the meantime here’s a recent gallery by Laura Kicey taken last month at Dranoff’s 777 South Broad. Think of it as a refresher course on what Dranoff apartment living looks like–and the kind of quality (if not design) Ardmore can expect in its future.
Rendering of proposed condo complex where the Main Line YMCA stands via Main Line Times.
After 60 years at its location at Montgomery Avenue and St. George’s Road in Ardmore, the Main Line YMCA will close this fall and reopen at a new facility in Havertown. The new owners of the YMCA parcel announced plans last month to demolish the Y and build luxury condos on the land instead.
This week wasn’t the first time developer Wally Smerconish tried to get permission to turn the former First Baptist Church of Ardmore, built in 1928, into condos. He petitioned the Lower Merion zoning board last summer, and despite the fact that the community was in favor of Smerconish’s proposal for adaptive reuse–this was no great preservation battle–the board was compelled to say no due to the way zoning laws were written.