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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Treat Your Pooch to the Dog Days of Summer Festival in Chestnut Hill


Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

Our canine companions have shed their winter coats and are so eager to get out; they may just paw down the front door. Take them to the Dog Days of Summer festival! Chestnut Hill celebrates mans’ best friend with a day-long event that offers an abundance of activities catered to dogs and dog lovers, alike.

Look forward to caricaturists, music, and a photo booth. If the pooch just can’t seem to get that whole, “sit, stay, and roll over,” bit, professional instructors will be on-hand to help him figure it out. Once Sparky tires of obedience training, take him over to the pet psychic booth to get his paw read. Then head to one of the Chestnut Hill restaurants for “Yappy Hour” specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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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 »

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