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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Missing Newtown Square Eighth-Grader Found Dead


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


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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