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Gosh, what a time to be alive. Originally part of the historic Knollbrook estate, Lynhurst was a three-year construction built at the behest of attorney I. Layton Register who would go on to use it at his summer residence. Given that it was the late 1800s (the stone manse was completed in 1890), Register was able to have its designer be none other than now legendary Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. Today, it’s listed for a cool $3.1 million.
As you’d imagine, the Main Line stunner is said to have retained its “impeccable architectural symmetry,” though it’s also in the way of offering a meticulously update interior, beginning with the kitchen, which has been recently renovated, along with the breakfast area. Here, built-in seating lends some charm to the pristine space, which comes with an ogee-edged center island and ample cabinetry.
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. But beer, we’ll need beer.
On Wednesday, October 21, Iron Hill Media (30 East State Street) will celebrate Back to the Future Day with a special beer release. Head Brewer Andrew Johnston will DocBrownAle at 5 p.m. The medium-bodied ale, deep brown in color with smooth nutty and chocolate malt notes will be on draft for $6.25 for a 16-ounce pint. The beer weighs in at 5.5% alcohol by volume (no Marty, it’s not heavy).
Johnston, who snagged a Marty McFly style puffy red vest for the occasion is ready to have some fun with the event. The brewer considers “the brewery my version of DocBrown’s garage. Would Doc actually drink this beer? Great Scott! We would like to think so.”
In commissioning his architecture firm to design him a personal home in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia native Brenton G. Wallace made way for an Italian-influenced residence with just enough distinctive pomp to make it stand out in a sumptuous place like the Main Line. What’s more, today the home comes with a formal garden grotto, meaning no one would blame you for accidentally fancying yourself in Italy every now and again. Go ahead. Fancy away.
Teasing aside, the home really does have wonderfully eye-catching features: original iron gates and stone wall; ornate front door and iron staircase in the foyer; mercer tiled floors and radiant heat flooring are in the living and family rooms respectively; while the library contains built-in bookcases and the dining room, a built-in china closet. In addition to the master suite, the property comes with an au pair or in-law suite, which is, as of press time, tenant occupied.
We’ve come to expect homes like this to exceed our smart home technology standards and recreation space expectations, but this Newtown Square home surprised us as it has all of the above, plus the added luxury of not one, but two pools: an indoor lap pool and and outdoor heated swimming pool with waterfall and water/light accents.
There’s more to it than that though. Nestled on more than one acre within a private 11-home cul de sac, the residence has been completely renovated and expanded over the course of a decade. Today, it boasts more than 9,200-square feet and grounds encompassing koi ponds, outdoor kitchen and fireplace, professionally-designed gardens, reading garden, and separate play area. Parking-wise there’s a 4-car garage.
Barring the fact that it’s in a heavily car-dependent neighborhood, this week’s Main Line Monday residence is truly a prize to behold. To begin, the home claims a little less than two acres in Haverford and offers 10,000 square feet of living space. Recently, it’s had every single of its seven bathrooms renovated with radiant heat flooring and quartz and marble tiling; plus, it comes with a mouth-watering master suite complete with sitting area, walk-in closets, his & her baths and a garden-side balcony. Asking price? $2.99 million.
New upgrades aside, the home is festooned with original woodwork and boasts multiples access to the back yard. Catching our eye from the get-go, however, is the vibrant kitchen with its dazzling blue custom cabinetry, hand painted hardwood floors, and top of the line appliances, which includes a built-in Subzero refrigerator; plus, a butler’s pantry with mini fridge, wine fridge, ice machine and dishwasher. Gas fireplaces are throughout, with the library also boasting built-ins. The mud room, meanwhile, offers a service entrance, rear private staircase, and access to both the two-car garage and fully finished basement, the latter of which comes with the following: game area, wet bar, gym, home theater. Specs and photos below.
Early this morning, Delaware County’s Alex Dilks Pandola dropped a funny parody video on his YouTube channel turns Lady Gaga’s “Dope” into a song about the pope.
When the video begins, you hear Mayor Nutter’s voice going on about the pope’s visit while Inquirer headlines, like “Philadelphia In a State of Panic As Pope Visit Nears,” flash on the screen. Then Dilks comes out of the house wearing an Eagles Jersey.
First, there was the beautiful Schoenhaus Estate, a property originally owned by William Penn before passing down to an Arts and Crafts Movement community headed by architect William Lightfoot Price who rehabilitated its historic buildings. Then, we told you about the restored, castle-like Lower Merion manse Price designed in the late 1800s.
And now? Well, now we’re going to introduce you to another one of his fine works.
Price, a would-be “giant” in the world of architecture were it not for his untimely death at age 55, teamed up his brother to start own firm early in his career. One of their first commissions was with real estate developers Wendell & Smith who tapped them for several projects, among them Overbrook Farms and various residential developments in St. Davids and Wayne. This home in South Wayne came about from such a partnership.
It’s a property with just a touch of the historic, but you wouldn’t notice what with all the work its had. The main house, for example, is a newer construction with hardwood flooring, a slew of formal rooms, gourmet kitchen, and a great room with access to stone patio dining spaces. Outside, the residence has a tennis court and more than twelve acres of Delaware County land.
Before all this, however, the Harrison Estates was the site of several 18th-century structures. One that continues to stand is the historic Iddings House, which, according to an Inquirer article from April 1999, once belonged to Richard and Margaret Iddings, grandparents of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Anthony Wayne. Today, the Iddings House has been renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms and is the guest home of this property.
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With the way things stood, this Delaware County home, built circa 1717, seemed destined to never see 2015. Who would have thought, then, that it would? Moreover, who could have imagined the 18th-century construction, a crumbling ghost of its former self pining away on a vast woodland space, would be in the shape it’s in now? One of its owners told us its story.
In an email, Chad Groves, co-head of luxury furniture and design store Studio 882 with his wife, Katie, recalls the dilapidated property began to see significant restoration and renovation work under the hand of “a gentleman” who acquired it in 2005. The project lasted close to five years, as Groves says that when he and Katie stumbled upon it in 2010, the restoration was nearly complete. “We bought the property and finished what needed to be done and completely overhauled the yard (it was a forest),” he writes.