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

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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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Missing Newtown Square Eighth-Grader Found Dead

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Cayman Naib, the eighth-grade boy who went missing from his Newtown Square home on Wednesday evening, has been found dead. The news was reported on the Facebook page dedicated to finding him. It reads:

It is with a heavy heart that we share news that the family has just learned through the search and rescue team and local law enforcement that Cayman has been found deceased. Please understand that the family is still processing and struggling with this most recent news but that they would like to thank all of the thousands of people over the last five days – friends, family, community, law enforcement, local, county, and federal, search and rescue, fire departments, the school communities, especially Shipley and Episcopal Academy, and even perfect strangers – who have come together to support the family to find Cayman. Read more »

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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