This Lush Chestnut Hill Home Is a Delight

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

Love, love, love! Don’t know about you, but we think this one is sure to brighten up any dragging day with its marvelously colorful rooms, naturally charming back yard, and proximity to the lively eateries and boutiques on nearby Germantown Avenue. And did we mention a cute window seat? It has that too!

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Wagyu Tasting at Mica

mica-wagyuRunning from Wednesday, May 13th through Friday, May 15th, Chestnut Hill’s Mica is presenting wagyu beef three different ways, as part of a four-course, $49 menu. The well-marbled beef is being showcased raw, and as brisket and tri-tip cuts.

Take the dinner in from Mica’s new deck, just added for the warm weather.

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The Four Seasons House in Chestnut Hill Hits the Market at Over $3 Million

All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Photos: Devin Campbell via BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr

Philadelphia architect Arthur Brockie designed this neo-Georgian beauty in 1903 and the current owners have meticulously updated it to include all of the modern amenities you’d expect from a luxurious 11,000-square-foot plus estate. In case you’re wondering, Brockie had some serious chops and is responsible for the design of the historic Sedgeley Club on Kelly Drive, the perfect complement to its original (and iconic) lighthouse

The estate is known at the Four Seasons Home. Its style and grace has even made it the perfect site for a party or two over the years in Chestnut Hill (page 45). 

The gated entrance leads to the home that features a wonderful surrounding landscape. According to Lavinia Smerconish, listing agent with BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr, that idyllic sight will never change, thanks to historic easements on the property to preserve the grounds as they were originally intended.  Head around back and you’ll find a lush entertaining lawn and an in-ground pool set just off terraced blue stone patio area. The home also includes a green house and a carriage house. To top it off, Read more »

Spotted in Chestnut Hill: Lush Property Designed by Clarence C. Zantzinger

All TREND images via

All TREND images via

Today we have KieranTimberlake, BLTa, Digsau, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. But back in the early 1900s there was Zantzinger, Borie & Medary for Philadelphia to call its own. Not only were they the architecture firm behind St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel at Spruce and 42nd (gorgeous, isn’t it?), but they also had a hand in designing the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To boot, among their notable associates were one Louis Kahn and Dominique Berninger.

Now, while the group tended to go for commercial projects, there were a handful of residential developments they managed to squeeze out, the magnificent Rock Rose estate (or Edward K. Rowland House as some like to call it) being one of them. But with this gem of a home emerging out of the wood work as a Clarence C. Zantzinger design, we thought it apt to include it on our ZB&M appreciation train. Here’s what it brings to the table:

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City House of the Week: A “Chef’s Nirvana” in Chestnut Hill

Images by TREND via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Images by TREND via Coldwell Banker Preferred – Wayne

The kitchen is really the room in a home. Not only are comforting meals (and intoxicating smells) crafted within its confines, but it’s a place where you hang out, keep traditions, share stories–you know, family stuff. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it in magazine-worthy style. Read more »

Reduced (Again): Will Someone Please Buy Keewaydin Already?

615 W Mermaid Ln,  Philadelphia, PA, 19118

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill

Confession time: the jaw dropping Keewaydin ballroom house on Mermaid Lane? Yeah, I’m totally in love with it. Until now, aside from the Gothic dining hall and master bedroom, the rest of the interior has pretty much gone unnoticed by me because–just look at the photo!

Though I shouldn’t say “unnoticed;” more just “never really paid much attention to it” because, while stunning enough, the latter rooms were always my favorite. Now though, $30k has been knocked off the house price and that’s news– but what more could I say about it?

I’ll tell you what I’ll say: Someone needs to buy it already.

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Meat Week at Mica Means a Heritage Pork Tasting Menu


For some, the beginning of spring conjures up images of blooming flowers and buzzing bees. At Foobooz, the beginning of spring means Meat Week.

Mica is celebrating Meat Week with a special Heritage Pork Tasting Menu from March 18th-20th. The meal begins with a Red Wine Cured Pork Jowl with Honey Crisp Apple, followed by Pork Belly in a Celery and Sesame Broth with Shitake Mushrooms and Udon Noodles. The next course is a Pork Loin served with Pickled Beets, Horseradish and Dill, and finally the meal will end with ginger creme brûlée topped with lemongrass sugar.

The meal is $45 a person (not including tax and gratuity). You can make reservations here.

Mica [Foobooz]

Hill Company to Open New Chestnut Hill Location This Weekend

Hill Company’s Germantown Avenue location.

Hill Company’s former Germantown Avenue location.

Exciting news: Hill Company is openingsits 11,000 square-foot flagship in Chestnut Hill this weekend. Shoppers should head to the new location this Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 5pm to celebrate the grand opening, enter to win prizes and kickstart your spring backyard projects. That Martha Stewart-worthy garden isn’t going to start itself.  More details ahead.

You’ll Never Believe Where the Office Is Located in This Chestnut Hill Home

7817 Saint Martines Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

7817 Saint Martines Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

We’ve seen a tightly quartered office before, but now this is just…well, just see for yourself in the gallery below (it’s certainly one of the more creative remodelings we’ve seen!). Other than that, the home is pretty standard. Built in the colonial style circa 1908 by developer George Woodward, the house sits on a tree-lined block of Saint Martins Lane. It has one of those convenient circular driveways, so the home is actually set back from the street.

Built-in bookcases are in both the living and family rooms, which are connected by a French door. Like the living room, the family room comes with a fireplace, but also has the added bonus of a bay window overlooking the private yard. A bevy of cabinets can be found in the kitchen, where there are stainless steel appliances, Butler’s pantry addition, and dry bar area. Additional cabinets are in the breakfast room should you be in need of the extra space. That sun-filled room, by the way, includes a brick wall with gas fireplace and a French door leading out to a side porch (Sunday morning coffee?)

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