This $7.9 Million Chesco Residence Has Parking For All Your Thanksgiving Guests!

2425 White Horse Rd, Berwyn, PA, 19312

2425 White Horse Rd, Berwyn, PA, 19312

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to feel bad whenever someone who was visiting you took your neighbor’s parking space? (Or, heaven forbid, if your neighbor’s visitor took your spot, forcing you to park half a block from your house…) This Berwyn gem doesn’t have that problem: there’s room for eight cars. Additionally, the two garages have apartments above them, allowing you to host guests at a moment’s notice.

The home itself, designed by the extolled Rene Hoffman and built by David Semerjian, is situated among 22 acres of Brandywine Conservancy land and boasts wide-plank hardwood floors, imported stone, custom cabinetry and six fireplaces. Outside, the pool and pool house are accompanied by various living spaces and two fireplaces. Given the property’s extensive acreage, additional outbuildings or a tennis court are possible.

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Birchrun Hills Looking to Expand Cheese Business

birchrun-hills-farm-940Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs, PA is already known for several of the cheeses that they produce on the farm. But in order to move their cheese-making business forward they need a cheese cave and some other pricey additions. The family-run dairy has already secured financing to build the cheese cave but they’ve turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a curd vat, shelving and cooling system.

Sue Miller and her family hope to raise at least $25,000 in the next month and is kicking off her Kickstarter with some launch events.

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Two Bells for Bangles Indian Cuisine

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Criag LaBan heads to Bangles Indian Cuisine in Philadelphia’s suburban “Dosa Belt.” LaBan finds that chef Dhirendran “Dhiru” Paulraj has a deft touch with Southern Indian cooking.

Paulraj’s takes on traditional flavors, especially his dosas, are what really generate this menu’s resonance. I agree with my completely obsessed pal Jeff that the rava dosa is hauntingly good, its semolina-rice batter scented with curry leaves and ginger and griddled into a lacy crisp around roasty threads of toasty onions.

A more familiar dosa, rolled into an oversize crepe around curry-spiced masala potatoes, is unusual because its cuminy batter is tinted green with cilantro, chilies, and ginger. The spongier crepe for the paneer and peas variation is wrapped snug like a burrito around a garam masala-onion-spiced stuffing of grated fresh cheese.

Two Bells – Very Good

Bangles in Downingtown, melding South Indian flavors, American twists [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Bangles Indian Cuisine [Official]

Pending Sale: Unionville Home Going For $1 Million Per Bedroom?

320 Upland Rd, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

320 Upland Rd, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

Well, not exactly. This custom barn house in Unionville, Chester County may have been on the market for more than $4 million (currently pending sale), but it’s not the four bedrooms alone that made the price tag.

Situated on 70 acres, the property boasts four pastures, 10-stall barn, 3-bay run-in shed, and a hay barn with open bays for storage (one closed bay is used as a shop). There are also turnout areas and a 21-acre parcel that be can be sold separately.

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Chester County Charmer Looking For Budding Farmers

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

Admit it. There’s something appealing–even to a few consummate city folk like myself–about working the land. In the event that would-be farmers looking to try their hand at such an endeavor are reading this, this gentleman’s farm might be the home for you.

The East Fallowfield Township property affords its owners 50 acres of tillable land, a little over half of the entire 92 acres, which makes the estate viable as a working farm or horse facility. (Although, if the idea really doesn’t appeal to you, it’s perfectly fine remaining non-operative.)

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New Listing: Lovely West Chester Residence Built Around a Well House

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

Back in the days when wells were a crucial feature on a property, well houses served as protective structures housing the water source. (Note: Well houses differ from and predate pumping houses.) This Chester County home happens to be built around one.

Perhaps as a result of this unique foundation, other special features have made their way into the custom-designed house among them rounded walls, a bathroom with window seat, and 20-plus-foot ceilings (some of which have exposed wood beams). Flooring consists of brick, ceramic tile, and wide-plank wood. The house also has a workshop area and a back deck overlooks two ponds, one of which is on the property.

Gallery bellow.

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ChesCo Wing Fest: Because You Know You Love Chicken Wings

chickenwingsSo we’re already having you people fight it out in the comments section over who has the best nachos in town (which, we hope, will someday soon translate into a canonical listing of ALL the best nachos that Philly has to offer). But for those of you who are perhaps a bit less interested in a bunch of stuff on chips but do care very deeply about the proper frying of a great chicken wing, may we offer this: The 1st Annual ChesCo Wing Fest, happening on October 19 from 1pm-6pm at 13 different restaurants scattered around the county.

So how can one possibly judge the best wings at 13 different restaurants? With hard work, my good man. And an iron stomach.

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The Fatland Estate Is Going For $9 Milllion

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The historic footnote that is Vaux Hill mansion may have had its splendiferous interior stripped of the gilded antiques that once furnished its rooms, but the property, which sits on the 15-acre Fatland estate in Phoenixville, appears as stately as ever.

The sale, which is quite literally a dollar under $9 million, includes the renovated and restored Greek Revival-style home, tennis court, horse pastures, and pool with pool house. There’s also a separately deeded stone barn on a 3-acre parcel. A fence surrounds the entire residence and a tree-lined drive leads to the courtyard with carved marble fountain.

Below is the breathtaking gallery.

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Mushroom Festival This Weekend

fun-gus-mushroom-mascotKennett Square, The Mushroom Capital of the World, will host its 29th annual Mushroom Festival on September 6th and 7th at 600 Broad Street in Kennett. Saturday’s portion of the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Sunday’s will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Proceeds from the sale of the admission wristbands goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program.

The Festival will feature various street vendors (including Mushroom Sale Booths selling the freshest mushrooms you’ve ever tasted), a souvenir booth, the official festival mushroom soup and painted mushrooms from local artists as a part of the silent bid. Most importantly, joining the Festival will be Fun Gus, the Festival’s adorable mushroom mascot.

A soup and wine event in which local restaurants bring their own mushroom soups for a head-to-head battle will also take place. Restaurants participating include Buckley’s TavernFire Hill PubOle Tapas Lounge and Restaurant and others.

And if soup and wine doesn’t float your boat, there will also be a separate culinary tent, mushroom growers exhibit and the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival [Official]

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