Main Line Monday: Lovely Stone Classic for $1.6M

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Built in the late 1930s, this stately Bryn Mawr home is a rather traditional exemplar of the period, with hardwood floors, French doors leading to flagstone terraces, landscaped grounds, and a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen has been updated with all the top-of-the-line appliances: SubZero, Thermador, Gaggenau and Bosch. And the master bath looks like it’s been carved from one gigantic piece of Cararra marble.

The owners bought the property in 1998 for a little more than $1.2 million and are now asking $1,675,000, a drop from an initial ask of more than $1.8. Should you go to the open house on Oct. 12, please let me know if the Chagall-influenced Flyers mural is still there. I kind of love it.

Gallery below.

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Tabas’ Historic “Dove Lake” Asks $7.5M

TREND photo via

TREND photo via

The Bryn Mawr estate Dove Lake owned by Robert Tabas — of the Royal Bank Tabas family — sits on 20 acres that reach far back in the area’s history. Tabas installed a historic marker on the property that reads:

David Davis built a fulling mill here to process woolens before 1747. German papermaker Conrad Scheetz converted it to the Upper Scheetz Paper Mill in 1748. His family produced quality paper until 1798. Thomas Amies of Switzerland changed the name to Dove Mill and made paper with a dove watermark until 1839. Samuel Croft dammed Mill Creek to create Dove Lake in 1873 and all industrial buildings were lost.

Despite that rather elegiac note, Tabas’ property is fairly amazing, in particular because Mill Creek runs its entire length and there is, of course, Dove Lake, which was the setting for Thomas Eakins’ famous 1885 painting Swimming. The gallery (below) really shows the natural beauty of the spot.

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TONIGHT: Cheers to Five Years of Verdad

ChefNickFarinaHappy 5th Birthday Verdad.

And happy drinking and eating to the rest of us.

In celebration of a successful five years on the Main Line, Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar invites you to stop by tonight to enjoy free tacos and toast to five more with free margaritas. From 5-7 p.m, chef Nick Farina will be preparing pork carnitas and flash fried mahi mahi tacos. Along with your choice taco (1 per person) guests are encouraged to sample a watermelon chili and basil peach margarita. Cast your vote for your favorite mix and Verdad will add the winner to its $5 cocktail special, available for the rest of the summer.

Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar [Official]

Bryn Mawr Estate Hidden Behind Gatehouse Has Serious Potential

TREND photo courtesy Coldwell Banker.

TREND photo courtesy Coldwell Banker.

We are dreaming of what we could do with this private Bryn Mawr estate hidden behind a stone gatehouse and lofted among the trees. Built in 1964, the lines are giving off a serious MCM vibe. We yearn to take down the curtains (and the skateboards!) and open this home up.

The four-bedroom home boasts vaulted ceilings along with walls full of windows. The master bedroom and bath are on the main level and feature private deck access. There are also two family rooms, one of which has a very cool copper fireplace. The kitchen has a walk-in pantry. The bathroom will need a new shower curtain.
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Local Real Estate Agents Give to Delco SPCA After Selling Homes


Who knew house-buying could help guys like Tamale and Olive Oil?

Well, here’s a healthy dose of heart-warming information: Two real estate agents and one buyer’s agency have a partnership with the Delaware County SPCA wherein they donate a portion of property sales to the animal society.

According to the Delco SPCA’s Community Partners page, Sharon Goodspeed of Long and Foster gives to the organization each time she completes a sale with a “referral client from a volunteer, employee or someone who has adopted from the Adoption Center,” while Keller Williams’ David Slaughter gives a portion of his commission for every property he sells.

The home we chose to showcase is one represented by Linda Walters, owner of Sage Realty in the Main Line, who is committed to giving the non-profit $200 for each person who uses Sage to buy a home priced at $300,000 or more. It’s a Bryn Mawr property with tons of new features, among them a cedar shake roof, baths, and first floor addition with mudroom, laundry, and extra pantry.

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A Family Affair: Bargs Père & Fils Both Have Homes on the Market

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Two homes, one family, one housing market. It’s a good thing everyone in this clan is very close — and that the neighborhoods and asking prices are wildly different. Otherwise, things could get dicey for the Barg family.

First up: the two-acre Bryn Mawr manse with six bedrooms and some of the most lush landscaping we’ve ever seen. Also of note: a heated swimming pool and in-ground hot tub, tray ceilings and fireplaces galore.

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Relisted: Larry Brown’s $5.9M Bryn Mawr Estate

After a few months’ breather, former 76ers coach Larry Brown’s luxury estate is back on the market. The seven-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot has many! fun! features! because Brown is an upbeat kinda guy. There’s a retro soda fountain with red leatherette-topped stools; a movie theater; an exercise room; and a swimming pool with pool house. Bring the team!

The asking price is the same: $5.9 million.

Gallery below.

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Bryn Mawr Home Includes Art Deco-Style Theater and Wine Room


Inspired by the 19th-century Arts & Crafts architecture movement, this modern Bryn Mawr home has inherited a few high points from the period, including an open floor plan, built-in furniture, and exposures.

The open floor plan encompasses the living room, where you’ll find coffered ceilings, custom cabinetry, and a fireplace; as well as the dining room and kitchen, which has an unexpected perk in the form of a sizable pantry that opens into a temperature-controlled wine room via a glass door.

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Philadelphia Metro Has 27 of 1,000 Richest U.S. Neighborhoods

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Image from a home builders catalog via Flickr user MidCentArc.

The Higley 1,000 — the list of America’s 1,000 wealthiest neighborhoods — has just been released by by geographer Stephen Higley. For those of us on the East Coast, there aren’t too many surprises: We can shrug our collective shoulders at the news that New York and Connecticut are full of moneyed white people. But it’s interesting to see the results for the Philadelphia metro area.

First, let’s listen to Higley talk about how tough it is to define “neighborhood”:

The concept of “neighborhood” in America is to say the least, amorphous. Realtors are notorious at “stretching” ill-defined neighborhood boundaries of wealthy places in the interest of generating higher prices through a halo effect.

Mapping companies vary from identifying virtually every sub-division (ADC Maps) to the grudging vagueness of a few well known neighborhoods (eg. Thomas Brothers Guides, Rand McNally). Google Maps, my main source for updating the Higley 1000 for 2010, has done an excellent job of adding neighborhoods in recent years. Still, there are many areas that are difficult to name as a “neighborhood”. I have used a variety of resources in trying to identify individual neighborhoods including extensive use of the internet.

(That’s cute — “extensive use of the internet.” Well, yes, we all use that thing from time to time.)

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A Railroad Baron’s Home Fit for Only One Man: Joe Biden


Dear Vice President Biden,

Is it OK if we call you Joe? God love ya, we feel like we know you with the Pennsylvania connection and all. Really sorry we missed you at 30th Street yesterday. We know how you feel about trains, though, so we thought this humongous estate in Bryn Mawr might pique your interest. It was built for the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1896. We think it’s perfect for you.

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