Jawdropper of the Week: Double Feature in Chestnut Hill

208-10 Rex Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

208-10 Rex Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | Photos: Drew Callaghan via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s not too often that you run across a house with a split personality. A person with that character trait might be sent to a therapist, but when you run across it in a house, it opens up all sorts of possibilities.

Architect H. Louis Duhring evidently saw that in this 1860s Italianate Victorian summer home in Chestnut Hill. In the 1920s, he bought this house and added onto it a four-story wing in the Arts and Crafts style in the rear. The result is a super-spacious home, currently divided into three residences, that offers multiple opportunities for its owner, including the prospect of adding additional income property on its site. Read more »

Barry’s Buns Opens in Chestnut Hill

Barry's Buns is now open in Chestnut Hill

Barry’s Buns is now open in Chestnut Hill

Have a hankering for a sticky bun? How about one made from 100% natural ingredients, with over six flavor options? Well today, a new family-owned bakery—Barry’s Buns— has opened at Market at the Fareway (formerly the Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market) in Chestnut Hill, and you can head over there right now to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Owners Joel and Jen Singer are offering six sticky bun flavors, with an additional seasonal flavor, “made to order” liege waffles with Belgian pearl sugar and a choice of toppings, plus cinnamon buns. Also on the menu is crumb cake and butter cake (are you hungry yet?) All of the baked goods are made with natural ingredients and have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

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Jawdropper of the Week: A Brand-New Beauty with a Golf Course View

607 Saint Andrews Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118

607 Saint Andrews Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This Jawdropper of the Week is a stunning new construction situated on the 8th hole of the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Saint Martin’s golf course in Chestnut Hill. Usually, the homes we feature in this department are already lived-in, with plenty of wonderful furniture, but when we came across this place, we were so impressed by the design that we figured we’d let you fill the space with your imagination. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Chestnut Hill Classic

15 W Bells Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19118

15 W. Bells Mill Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19118 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

This week’s Jawdropper is a Chestnut Hill home that combines elegance without being too over the top. Although it’s clearly a luxurious home, the amenities on the outside and the furnishings on the inside ensure that it does not stray too far from being a modern, livable home. It’s on sale for $2,495,000 and has five beds, 6.5 bathrooms and 6,820 square feet. Read more »

El Poquito Has a Design-a-Taco Contest

el poquito bar 940In honor of Chestnut Hill’s El Poquito turning one, the Mexican restaurant is hosting a taco contest. Customers are invited to create a new taco that will be featured on the 2016 menu. The winner will also receive a $250 restaurant gift certificate.

The contest runs through the end of the year and they’re accepting submissions by guest comment cards and via social media (Facebook, Instagram).

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Spotted in Chestnut Hill: Stone Mansion Basically Inside Pastorius Park

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill/Redfin

Have you ever gone a-walkin’ or caught a summer concert in Chestnut Hill’s Pastorius Park and thought, wouldn’t it be great to just live here? Well, friend, here’s a listing you might want to see.

Located at 8100 Lincoln Drive (map), the stone beauty is 7,800-square-feet of everything you’d expect from a mansion in Chestnut Hill. Designed by H. Louis Duhring in the 1920’s, it has the historical chops to go along with the location.

You may recall that Duhring designed this in-cre-di-ble 1860s Victorian Italianate “summer” house/ Arts & Crafts style on Rex Avenue, and this home, which looks to be quite literally inside Pastorius Park, boasts original archietectural details such as a stone entryway, multiple fireplaces and hand-carved woodwork.

Seriously, that woodwork though. Seriously, that living room fireplace, though.

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5 Perfect Fall Shopping Day Trips

Fall Shopping

Pretty enticing, right? | Photos: Lambertville (Jauhien Sasnou); Terrain (via Terrain); Peddler’s Village (Instagram).

Sure, mall shopping is sometimes necessary, but when the leaves are crispy-crunchy and the air smells like it does right now (read: heaven), it’s much more fun to spend time shopping and wandering our best main streets. Here is where and how to spend a perfect fall afternoon outside of the hustle of the city. Think of it as a shopping map, filled with my must-hit shops and even where to grab coffee and a bite to eat along the way. Happy shopping! Read more »

Bad News In Chestnut Hill: Heirloom Closes


What with all the Pope excitement and everything else going on around here, this sad news snuck right by us. But last Friday, the crew at Heirloom sent along a message that they’d shut down their Chestnut Hill BYO after a run that’d lasted more than three years.

“We have cherished the evenings and brunches we have spent providing you with our very best and will miss the intimate setting of Heirloom in making these memories.”

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Chestnut Hill Firehouse Deemed Historic, New One on the Way

The firehouse is now on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places | via Google Street View

The firehouse is now on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places | via Google Street View

The Philadelphia Historical Commission has decided to historically designate Engine 37 at 101 W. Highland Ave. in Chestnut Hill. The implications of the unanimous vote are actually two-fold, reports Jana Shea of Newsworks.

First and foremost, the facade of oldest active fire house in the city will remain intact. The station dates back to 1894 and was designed by John T. Windrim, whose work also includes the Franklin Institute (among others). Secondly, even with its historic, yet antiquated, charm (i.e. narrow garage doors), the facade will remain as-is and that means Chestnut Hill will be getting a new station fit for the modern needs of fighting fire in its place. Here’s more from Shea on what looks like a major win-win for all parties involved:

Where the future station might be located has yet to be settled, but the [Chestnut Hill Fire House Coalition] believes building a new state-of-the-art facility on an empty lot next to the fire house is the most viable option available … [Coalition member Patricia] Cove says the hope is to keep the existing fire house in use as separate sleeping quarters, kitchen and dining area, plus equipment storage for Engine 37 firefighters.

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