What $500K Will Buy You in Bryn Mawr

703 Polo Circle | TREND image via RE/MAX Executive Realty

703 Polo Circle | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

703 Polo Circle | 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 2,884 square feet, $499,000

This contemporary Colonial not only has a stellar location, with just a short walk to public transportation, Bryn Mawr Hospital and all of the shops and restaurants the neighborhood has to offer, but has some interior perks as well: hardwood and tiled floors, spacious and free-flowing living spaces, a nicely updated kitchen complete with granite countertops, and a fabulous backyard and tiled patio to entertain. This quiet cul-de-sac home provides the right amount of space and is move-in ready, though you might want to spruce up the bathrooms a bit.  This home’s price was reduced by $40,900 on Dec. 5.
703 Polo Circle, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 [Jamie Rennis | BHHS Fox & Roach]

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Main Line Special: The Gilded Age Comes to Life in Bryn Mawr

1131 Green Valley Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1131 Green Valley Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why, of course you can!”

It’s hard not to imagine Jay Gatsby, tragic hero of The Great Gatsby, bellowing this in the doorway of “La Lanterne,” as this home is properly called. In fact, many aspects of this home bring to fruition our idea of how Gatsby would have lived had he been real. From the long tree-lined driveway to the gilded and over-the-top interior to the perfectly manicured tennis courts and gardens that dot the property, it’s quite easy to say Mr. Gatsby would’ve been in his proverbial glory. Read more »

First-Time Find: Updated Contemporary Comfort in Bryn Mawr

117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate

117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate

Sellers who photograph homes for sale, and some brokers as well, often resort to tricks to make spaces look larger than they are. It’s a shame, for usually, photos that show the spaces as they are will reveal that they have enough room for a typical buyer.

Most often, this takes the form of using a wide-angle lens to take in more of the space. This week’s featured home employs a most unusual tactic: the use of fish-eye lenses.

As we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to hang your pictures and mirrors from bulging walls, please be assured that the walls of this comfortable, recently updated home close to the heart of Bryn Mawr are perfectly straight, as some of the photos make clear. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Real Estate in Bryn Mawr

560 S Bryn Mawr Ave, Byrn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

560 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

There are manors, and then there are manors.

This week’s Jawdropper of the Week features Holly Hill, an estate with a fascinating blend of history and modern design. Originally known as Fox Hill Farms, this property was commissioned by Fidelity Trust Company of Philadelphia President Rudolph Ellis in 1881 as his summer home and designed by architect Theophilus Chandler. While pared down to a manageable 5.247 acres from its original plot of 320 acres, this estate has not lost its grandeur by any means.

The exterior of this home is truly eye candy. The driveway begins at a stone gate house designed by noted Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre and winds around to a private, gated residence sitting amid impressive grounds that largely follow landscape architect Oglesby Paul’s 1914 plan. Even from a distance, the eye is drawn to the weathervane-topped turret, attention-grabbing red tile roof and the curved stone walls. Read more »

La Colombe Is Now Open in Bryn Mawr

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens its first suburban Philadelphia location today in BrynMawr. The Main Line La Colombe opens at 915 West Lancaster Avenue, in a former auto garage. The cafe is part of a new retail and office development at the site named Bryn Mawr Village.

The 2,000 square foot space features skylights, handcrafted wood furniture, indoor plants and planter boxes at the entrance.

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Main Line Monday: A Home for Modern Lovers in Bryn Mawr

802 Brookwood Lane, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

802 Brookwood Lane, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Not everyone who prefers the Main Line lifestyle wants to live in a stone farmhouse, a mock Tudor or a new-construction center-hall Colonial. This week’s featured home is for those looking for something different.

This 1980s contemporary home sits on a 1.5-acre lot at the end of a secluded, tree-lined driveway on Bryn Mawr’s north side. Its steeply pitched roof hides its two-story height and gives it a low-slung feel, and its siting makes it an ideal choice for those who love the outdoors as much as they do the indoors. Read more »

Main Line Monday: The Wallace Residence Listed For $1.089 Million

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

In commissioning his architecture firm to design him a personal home in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia native Brenton G. Wallace made way for an Italian-influenced residence with just enough distinctive pomp to make it stand out in a sumptuous place like the Main Line. What’s more, today the home comes with a formal garden grotto, meaning no one would blame you for accidentally fancying yourself in Italy every now and again. Go ahead. Fancy away.

Teasing aside, the home really does have wonderfully eye-catching features: original iron gates and stone wall; ornate front door and iron staircase in the foyer; mercer tiled floors and radiant heat flooring are in the living and family rooms respectively; while the library contains built-in bookcases and the dining room, a built-in china closet. In addition to the master suite, the property comes with an au pair or in-law suite, which is, as of press time, tenant occupied.

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Major Fall Sale Alert: Knit Wit’s “Secret Sale Room” Is Officially Open

Knit Wit

Great goods. | Images via Knit Wit.

If our most recent Behind the Buy has inspired you to get in gear for the fall season, then we have great news: Knit Wit just kicked off a major end-of-season sale at its Bryn Mawr outpost. And we’re not just talking about a few scattered racks; there’s an entire room devoted to major designer deals.

Here’s what you’ll find. (A.L.C. and Phillip Lim ahead!)

Main Line’s Yangming Closed Due to Roaches

yangming-exteriorThe Main Line Times has the details about Bryn Mawr’s Yangming being shut down because of an “active infestation” of roaches. The ordeal began on Friday when a child received not one but two dishes of Thai noodles that contained roaches in them.

The family of the girl demanded to see a manager but were not placated by offers of free lunch and gift certificates. The restaurant then called the police on the customers (never call the police when there is an active infestation of roaches in your kitchen). The police responded, witnessed the roaches and closed the restaurant. Superintendent William Colarulo told the Main Line Times, the bugs were “all over the place.”

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