Blue Bell Mansion With Built-In Beer Tap and Media Room Means Never Having to Leave Home Again

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There isn’t a perk you can think of that this home doesn’t have, all of them perfect for a “carefree lifestyle.” And how! Here are the features for ultimate relaxation and blissful denial of the world outside:

1. Sauna
2. Wet bar
3. Wine cellar
4. Putting green
5. Basketball court
6. Pool
7. Media room
8. Built-in beer tap
9. Spa
10. Indoor-outdoor audio/visual
11. Numerous fireplaces

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Farmhouse Friday: “Diamond in the Rough” Sells in One Week

farmhouse friday icon That was fast: This six-bedroom farmhouse-style home in Blue Bell has an offer in after just eight days–though it seems it was on and off the market before. Perhaps the listing’s “diamond-in-the-rough” characterization actually helped–buyers seem to like it when they’re spoken to like intelligent people who can accurately distinguish linoleum from hardwood.

Whether rough or no, the house is quite a catch, with five fireplaces, a wrap-around porch, big rooms, built-ins and pocket doors. It sits on almost two acres of land with a pool. The last asking price was $465,000.

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Farmhouse Friday: “Diamond in the Rough” Sells in One Week

farmhouse friday icon That was fast: This six-bedroom farmhouse-style home in Blue Bell has an offer in after just eight days–though it seems it was on and off the market before. Perhaps the listing’s “diamond-in-the-rough” characterization actually helped–buyers seem to like it when they’re spoken to like intelligent people who can accurately distinguish linoleum from hardwood.

Whether rough or no, the house is quite a catch, with five fireplaces, a wrap-around porch, big rooms, built-ins and pocket doors. It sits on almost two acres of land with a pool. The last asking price was $465,000.

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We Are So in Love With This Self-Referential Federal Farmhouse

farmhouse friday icon The floors in the bedroom. The exposed brick and marble sink in the bathroom. The flagstone patio, the random-width floors, the built-ins and walk-ins. Even the temporary things — the little lily-pad rugs in a child’s room — are sheer perfection.

It’s no wonder, then, that the owners of a house like this would want to celebrate the home and the life they share.

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March Madness! Insanely Luxurious Blue Bell Compound With Basketball Court

This $4.2 million 9-bedroom has almost 25,000 square feet–so while the basketball court is fun enough for a single family, the compound (as it’s listed) is large enough for an entire basketball team. In fact, 1907 is is one of the largest residential properties in Pennsylvania. It once belonged to a somewhat controversial figure who got into a legal pickle or two, but as he’s passed on to the real estate in the sky, perhaps it’s best to move forward. This home would be a perfect property for the Sixers to own.

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Second Cafe Soho Means Korean Fried Chicken for Blue Bell

Cafe Soho in Cheltenham has been praised by chefs and other culinary adventurers for their Korean fried chicken. Now the Asian restaurant has opened a second location in Blue Bell. Korean fried chicken and wings star on Dekalb Pike as they do on Cheltenham Avenue. There’s also a sushi bar but the chicken is the real draw.

Make your own Federal Donuts Experience by stopping off at neighboring Suzy Jo’s Donuts for doughnuts to go with your fried chicken.

Cafe Soho [Facebook]

Cafe Soho 2
920 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA
610-272-7767

Sloppiness Dooms Farmer’s Daughter

Craig LaBan takes the Farmer’s Daughter to task for its use of farm, its food, its service and the restaurant’s curvy logo.

The main goal of Normandy’s makeover was to expand and revive its bar, a message thoroughly cougar-ized on the website by the silhouette of a busty Blue Bell hillbilly sandwiched between a pink martini and a lipstick print labeled “Flirt.”

One Bell – Hit-or-Miss

Farmer’s Daughter [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Farmer’s Daughter [Official Site]

Radice Receives 3-Bells

Craig LaBan heads to a Blue Bell shopping center to check out Radice, an Italian restaurant turning out refined rustic dishes.

There are plenty of unusual inspirations here – like skewers of amazingly soft sweetbreads, parsnips, and roasted pears streaked with dark pomegranate molasses. Or those wonderful pork ribs, fork-tender and garlicky from their brine, but also sweet, smoky, and spicy from a glaze of Granny Smith apples and rendered bacon (not to mention their crunchy cabbage slaw tossed in the sweet-tart of cider vinegar rife with anise and fennel).

But reinventing some familiar classics is part of what makes Radice special, reaffirming what Moonstruck fans have known all along – that [Chef Donna] Ewanciw is one of the region’s best unsung Italian chefs.

Three Bells – Excellent

Radice [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Radice [Official Site]