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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A Chestnut Hill Home Nestled in the “Elbow” of Morris Arboretum

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All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Wayne

If we’ve learned one thing from this recent run of warmer temps, it’s that nothing beats being outside in the springtime. The birds are chirping. A warming sun combats the chill in the air. Flecks of green grass begin to protrude out from that last (dirty) snow pile trying to hang on to that last vestige of a hellish winter. Sorry, pal. We’ve sprung ahead, your time is over.

Anyway, this home at 9506 Wheelpump Lane in Chestnut Hill is certainly ready for spring (and all seasons, really). Located in the “elbow” east of Morris Arboretum, it’s on a quiet, tree-lined street along one of the most beautiful places in the entire city. That means it’s perfect for long secluded walks or strolls to the shops and train into Center City. While the spacious grounds (1/3 of an acre) are a plus, this two-story Cape is deceptively larger than it looks. At almost 4,200-square-feet, you’re in for a real treat once you get inside.

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Beer and Chocolate in Chestnut Hill

Beer-and-Choc-logoOn Wednesday, February 4th, Iron Hill’s Chris LaPierre and Éclat Chocolate’s Chris Curtin are getting together for a chocolate tasting. The event takes place at Iron Hill’s Chestnut Hill location between 7 and 9 p.m. Six chocolates and truffles will be paired with six Iron Hill beers. Tickets to the tasting are $35 per person and include gratuity. Reservations are required.

LaPierre and Curtin have done this before. Way back in 2004, the two met in West Chester and after bonding over beer and professional cycling, hosted their first beer and chocolate event. LaPierre says “to this day it remains one of the favorite beer and food events I’ve done.”

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Foobooz Six Pack: Philly’s Best Pie


Double Crust Apple Pie à la mode from Jones

Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.

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Mouthwatering Keewaydin Just Got Its Price Knocked Down!

615 W Mermaid Ln,  Philadelphia, PA, 19118

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Chestnut Hill.

As if it weren’t enough that it’s Friday (and no icy flakes in sight!), one of our most popular Jaw Dropper of the Week picks just got a price cut: the stone-walled, Gothic-arched, Keewaydin ballroom home is now going for $795,000!

If you missed our original post, we highly recommend you check it for a run-through of the homes’s background. (Then again, the gallery might just speak for itself!)

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