Main Line Happenings: Ardmore Becoming Beer Destination

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Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery  was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.

The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.

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Main Line Monday: Pretty Tudor Revival with Library, Solarium and Wine Room

756 Mount Pleasant Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010

756 Mount Pleasant Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010

There must be a reason Tudor Revival-style dwellings made a comeback in the United States in the ’80s. Let’s take a look at this one, currently on the market for $1,050,000, to see what makes these homes so desirable.

First, there’s the dining room, a salon with wide wood pegged floors, fireplace and built-in shelving (pictured above). Then, there’s the updated kitchen with its granite counters, off white wood cabinetry and, of course, its built-in stove. But the sure winner here is the library: a bookworm’s dream with yet another cozy fireplace and two large window seats.

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Morning Headlines: Huge New Development for Bryn Mawr

Google Street View of the Bryn Mawr gap that would be filled by the proposed development.

Google Street View of the Bryn Mawr gap that would be filled by the proposed development.


It would be a huge project for a long-vacant spot on Lancaster Avenue. A now-vacant 13,000-square-foot brick garage would get expanded by about 4,500 square feet, reports the Inquirer’s Jason McLaughlin, and there’d be a new building of around 37,000 square feet. The space would be devoted to ground-floor retail and restaurants and second-floor office space, with 190 allotted parking spots.

The developer, Blank Aschkenasy Properties, has owned the garage since 2008 and it’s been vacant all this time. This plan would cost $20 million and still needs not only the final approval of the Lower Merion commissioners (which are generally in favor of resolving the problem of Bryn Mawr’s huge “gap”) but PennDOT as well. Ask Carl Dranoff how long these things take in Lower Merion.

Still, things are moving ahead. From the Inquirer:

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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 Zillow.com

TREND photo via Zillow.com

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.

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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

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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

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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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