Little Flower Manor Property Close to Becoming “Terminus” for Walking Trail

Situated close to the 1200 block of Springfield Road in Delaware County, the parcel known as the Little Flower Manor property–so named for the nearby Little Flower nursing home– is a step closer to becoming what County Councilman John McBlain calls the “terminus” of the Darby Creek Greenway, according to the Daily Times’ Kristina Scala.

Settle down Walking Dead fans (eh, does anyone even still watch that?),  Scala notes McBlain’s wording is due to the Springfield Road site being expected to connect with the Darby walking trail system once additional funding is secured, some of which has been acquired after the Delaware County Council “approved the transfer of a $224,000 grant” that will go to preserving the property as an open space.

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Infinity Pool Alert in Wayne!

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rosemont

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rosemont

Yes, it has a stunning 2007 Arnold Infinity lap pool on a parcel landscaped by Gale Nurseries, but now that we’ve got your attention, let us direct you inside the home…

First up, the grand reception hall, a foyer that for once is described without exaggeration as it extends from the home’s entry to a rear terrace overlooking the pool and yard. Refinished wood floors are throughout this first level, including the kitchen, which comes with an eleven-foot granite island. Fireplaces are located in the dining, living, family, and formal parlor rooms, as well as the cherry library, which comes with the added bonus of a sliding ladder (don’t get any ideas…). One of our favorite parts of the home though is the mudroom, which, true to its name should come in handy on days with exceptional precipitation thanks to its individual lockers, boot bench, and pet/boot bath.

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Might a Mixed-Use Site Be Afoot for the Former Don Guanella Village?

The former Don Guanella Village in Delaware County | Image via Google Street View

The former Don Guanella Village in Delaware County | Image via Google Street View

Will a mixed-use development rumored to be in the works for the former Don Guanella Village, a 200-acre property Goodman Properties acquired via a $47 million deal between Cardinal Crossing Realty Associates and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, include a Wegman’s?

Nah, we honestly can’t say for sure (although an earlier report prior to the deal being struck did mention that possibility), but here’s what Cardinal Crossings–the site’s future name–might have per a traffic study from earlier this year, reports the Daily Times’ Leslie Krowchenko:

Although drawings have not yet been submitted, the traffic study filed with the township earlier this year outlined the possibility of 120 single family homes, 230 townhouses, a 150-room hotel, 55,000-square foot multiplex movie theater, 80,000-square foot recreational community center, convenience store with a 16-pump fueling station, 150,000 square feet of office space and 690,000 square feet of retail space.

An official presentation of the plans “is not expected before May,” but Krowchenko adds that Goodman Properties’ Bruce Goodman intends for the project to be “the largest development in Delaware County in the last 20 years.”

200 acres of Don Guanella site targeted for development [Daily Times]

U.S. Army Will Detonate the Delaware River This Year

Mark it down: 2015 is the year that the crack of explosions will be heard and the ground will tremble on the banks of the Delaware River near Chester and across the way in New Jersey. The river itself will rise and bubble.

The End of Days?

Nope. It is all part of the massive Army Corps of Engineers Delaware River dredging project. They are deepening the Delaware from 40 to 45 feet along a 102-mile stretch so that bigger cargo ships can make it to the ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington.

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For Sale: Fully Revamped 18th Century Home with New Addition

TREND photos via Weichert

TREND photos via Weichert

Standing across from Wayne Elementary School is this historical property, which in addition to being on the market for the very first time, has been fully renovated into a pristine residence vying for occupancy.

Originally a Welsh stone farmhouse built in 1765, the property now claims a sprawling new addition consisting of a wood-beamed chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances and built-in wine and ice bar. There also appears to be central booth seating with lower level cabinets (of course that could be decor–what do you think?). Furthermore, general updates to the home (including those relating to coloring and windows) have been crafted to be historically accurate.

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Reduced: Painter’s Folly, the Home That Inspired Andrew Wyeth

Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – West Chester

Painter’s Folly, the Delaware County home that once belonged to artist Howard Pyle, has had its price reduced. You’ll recall from our original post on the property–back when it was listed for $1.15 million–that it served as inspiration for four of Andrew Wyeth’s works, most notably his titular tempura Painter’s Folly. The home now claims a $995,000 price tag.

Here are some notes that should refresh your memory as to its details:

  • Situated on 3.6 acres (borders the Brandywine Battlefield Park)
  • Random-width hardwood floors
  • Extensive millwork and built-ins
  • Au pair suite with full bathroom
  • Single-bedroom carriage home with kitchen and gathering room (viable as a rental)

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Who Will Help Save This 19th-Century Home in Darby?

Darby Main Street House preservation Screenshot via Google Street View

Screenshot via Google Street View

In what appears to be a case of survival of the fittest with a building preservation twist, one Darby resident has taken it upon himself to try and save a few of the countless historical buildings in the borough that are slowly spoiling under the swelling shadow of blight. The question is, which will live on and which will become scrap?

Among his saving projects, John Haigis, The Inquirer‘s Laura McCrystal reports, has been fighting to preserve a vacant white building that neighbors his own home on Main Street.”It has character,” he says of the deteriorating property, which, to his credit, he acknowledges is just another load on the already heavy historical building burden in Darby:

“I think there’s a blessing and a curse,” Haigis said. “The blessing is, we have such incredible historic fabric. The curse is, we have so many old buildings, they overwhelm available resources.”

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Margaret Kuo Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Chinese New Year Menu

Margaret Kuo - Bass

Margaret Kuo is celebrating the Year of the Ram by offering a Chinese New Year dinner menu now through March 8th. This year marks the 40 year anniversary of Margaret Kuo’s annual New Year menu, an eternity in restaurant years. The Wayne location includes a seven course menu for $65 per person or $95 per person with wine pairings. The Media location is offering an eight course meal for $55, with an additional option of wine pairing specials.

The Chinese New Year lands on Thursday, February 19 this year.

Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Wayne (PDF)
Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Media (PDF)

Margaret Kuo [Official]

On the Market: Secluded Tuscan-Style Treasure in Radnor Township

TREND photo via Moore & Ryan Real Estate.

TREND photo via Moore & Ryan Real Estate.

Whether you’ve enjoyed a stay or simply daydreamed of walking on the hills of Tuscany, this Radnor Township home helps that memory stay alive–almost as if it never ended!

Situated on a secluded 3-acre parcel, the property sits atop a 70-foot long geologic natural stone walled driveway and has several flowering trees and specimen plantings surrounding it. It’s super private, to be sure, but is convenient in that it’s within walking distance to public amenities like the Radnor Dog Park, Radnor Trail, and Radnor train station.

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Morning Headlines: Delaware County Gets Newly Designated National Park

The Daily Times’ John Kopp reports First State National Historic Park in Delaware has received national park designation, meaning a section of the Woodlawn Trustees property, which stretches into Concord Township in Delaware County, has also been earmarked with the title since it’s included in the parkland.

According to Kopp, First State, which was refurbished in early December, was first “recognized as a national monument last year,” but only received national park status after the National Defense National Defense Authorization Act passed on December 12. Many are thrilled with the park’s new designation:

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