Main Line Monday: Vintage Charm in Narberth for $349K

203 Elm Ter., Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The owners of this classic home in the Main Line’s most neighborly community are evidently as proud of it and its history as its builder was when he built this twin and its neighbors in 1910 — they’ve held onto a photo builder Alex Chambley took of the Elm Terrace homes shortly after their completion.

This home today looks much as it did when new. The wood trim on the front porch and windows is more colorful, and, of course, the kitchen and bathroom have been updated. But you will find all of the original architectural details that make this home distinctive still in place. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: An Artistic Loft in Spring Garden for $1.295M

1919-21 Brandywine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

One common knock on modernist interiors is that they demand modernist furniture — and that everything has to be just so lest actual living wreck the look.

This double-width townhouse tucked away on a shaded street somewhere between the Community College and the Art Museum is a striking exception to that rule.

If you don’t believe us, take a look at how this home’s owner has made traditional furniture work beautifully in the huge loft-like expanse that is the home’s main floor.

One floor up from the street, the high-ceilinged main living area contains some 2,600 square feet of nearly uninterrupted space — enough room to fit many townhouses inside. The exposed steel beams and trusses combined with a terrazzo floor give the space a feel that is industrial but not cold, and your own furniture can make it warmer still. It’s a blank canvas on which you can paint your own vision for stylish living, accented by a curved glass-block wall that separates the front from the back stairs. (There’s also an elevator connecting all three floors.) Read more »

Main Line Monday: Split Personality in Bryn Mawr for $700K

1068 Broadmoor Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Let’s say you’re looking to live on the Main Line.

And let’s say that you love the traditional elegance of the center-hall Colonial.

Then let’s throw your spouse, who really wants a home with the informality of a contemporary design, into the picture.

All of a sudden, you no longer have hundreds of homes to choose from, and you have a potential argument on your hands.

Fortunately for you both, the architect who designed this rambling home in the Hermitage subdivision had your dilemma in mind. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Personal Resort in Newtown Square for $3.5M

“Casa Pacifica,” 100 Springhouse Ln., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Are we on the Amalfi coast, or did we make a wrong turn and wind up in Scottsdale, Arizona?

No, and no. Instead, we just headed out West Chester Pike, continued out Boot Road, then took a right. But this sprawling Mediterranean resort-inspired home would be right at home either on the Adriatic or amid the desert cacti.

Three successive owners have each put their stamp on “Casa Pacifica.” Spanish and Italian influences dominate, but you’ll find hints of French country style, Southwest flair and American contemporary design as well in this home that would knock them dead on Airbnb. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Modern Tradition in Haverford for $765K

103 Allgates Dr., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

The gate at the entrance to the private street this attractive home in Haverford sits on is supposed to signal tradition and elegance.

The front of this traditional center-hall Colonial that sits just past that gate, however, should clue you in that you’re about to get a contemporary interpretation of the script — sort of like staging a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” set in the midst of the Iraq war.

This home gets all the basics right: Two-story foyer with a turned wooden railing and wainscoting. Formal living room and dining room. Large kitchen. Roomy master bedroom with large walk-in closet and luxurious master bath. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Chemistry in Ardmore for $2.5M

300 Glenn Rd., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“Crestlea” has been the house “on top of the hill” since it was built in 1907 for Dr. Joseph M. Reeves. When chemical heiress Eluthera du Pont lived here, the home served as a hub of social life on the Main Line. You now have the opportunity to make this hilltop home your own social hub, personal refuge, or whatever you want it to be.

It’s a splendid specimen of that Main Line mainstay, the center-hall Colonial. And this one has a particularly impressive center hall. It boasts a soaring two-story-high stairwell accented by wainscoting and a Palladian window and a wood-burning fireplace with a green marble surround and elegant wood mantle. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Make Your Home in Bryn Mawr for $700K

53 S. Merion Ave., Lot 2, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images of furnished model nearby via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Ever wanted to own a home that is truly your own, because you got to outfit it?

Looking for a home that’s in the middle of a lively, walkable Main Line downtown?

This home, currently being built as part of the Danley development in downtown Bryn Mawr, lets you satisfy both desires.

This unit is an “Ellis” model home, as is the model home whose photos you see here. It’s built to a high standard of quality and style, with such classic traditional design elements as wainscoting, crown moldings, hardwood floors and gas fireplaces with wood mantles. Read more »

First-Time Find: Refreshed in Phoenixville for $235K

159 1st Ave., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Want to walk to Blobfest next year?

Want urban vitality with a small-town feel?

You can get both by living in the middle of Phoenixville. There are plenty of new apartments with great amenities available.

What’s that? You want to build equity for your future too?

Then you want this lovely house on First Avenue in the middle of town instead. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Little Big Home in Queen Village for $285K

745 S. 5th St., Apt. 2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

We’re sure you’ve heard the old cliché “Good things come in small packages.”

This very small trinity on a private courtyard in Queen Village is vivid proof of the truth of that statement.

In its 486 square feet of interior space you will find the latest and best of everything, and outside, you will find plenty of room for relaxing and entertaining. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Château in Villanova for $4.965M

264 Abrahams Ln., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

“They don’t build ’em like they used to.”

Where have we heard this phrase before?

Probably as we were scoping some McMansion in the exurbs.

This spectacular, brand-new, French-inspired country manor in Villanova puts the lie to that statement.

Custom built by George P. Semerjian, this huge new mansion offers the best of everything, and lots of it too. Read more »

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