On the Market: A Fresh Start at This Newly Built Residence in Chadds Ford

513  Webb Rd, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317

513 Webb Rd, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317

The latest addition to Delaware County sits atop 4-plus acres of land. The home boasts mica stone and brick trim on its exterior, while inside a two-story foyer contains a circular wooden staircase and bedrooms with custom-designed bathrooms.

Wide-planked wood floors are throughout, the Thermador-stocked gourmet kitchen has the added measure of a breakfast nook, and built-in bookcases are in the great room. The master suite, meanwhile, has a high coffered ceiling, fireplace, deck and a loft office space.

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Where We’re Eating: The Upper Darby Coffee Shop

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You probably don’t have much reason to visit Upper Darby, but it continues to make me happy on the ethnic food front, from the all-Asian food court at H Mart to Little Saigon’s pho to the exceptional Thai menu at Sa Bai Dee. And while this newcomer’s name doesn’t make it sound promising, the Dominican offerings inside The Upper Darby Coffee Shop make it well worth a visit. Actually, repeated visits. The Dominican breakfast (eggs, mangu — a mashed plantain dish — and Dominican sausage) is my favorite new way to start the day, and the heaping island lunch plates, the empanadas and the steamy, salty hen soup are all delicious bargains, with full entrées ranging from $8 to $12. As for the coffee at the Coffee Shop? It’s Maxwell House.

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Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine

 

Morning Headlines: Delco Residents Protest Strip Mall Proposal

 

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With clumps of vacant commercial properties already taking up room in parts of Brookhaven, it’s no wonder the borough’s council members are keeping mum on a proposal the Inquirer’s Laura McCrystal calls “one of the borough’s only large parcels of open space.” Currently, the space is a baseball field and wooded lot.

The plan involves developing 26 acres of the 56-acre lot on the corner of Edgmont Avenue and Coeburn Boulevard, which the Chester Water Authority owns. Developers interested in the space plan to build a Giant Supermarket (the Giant currently across from the space would relocate to the new development), LA Fitness, restaurant, and retail space. Preliminary plans from developer Robert Hill included 770 parking spaces.

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Morning Headlines: NIMBY Drama Stirs Up Between Residents and Swarthmore College

Photo credit: Fritz Ward via Flickr.

Photo credit: Fritz Ward via Flickr.

Three things are set to happen once construction ends on the new development Swarthmore College has commissioned: First, more books will be available; second, the borough will get its first liquor license; third, Route 320 (Chester Road) will see a shift in traffic flow. Two of these are unwelcome changes for some Swarthmore residents.

As the Inquirer’s Laura McCrystal reports, an inn, bookstore, and roundabout are going to to be constructed in the area, the latter development starting this week. Hopes for the roundabout, which is planned for the intersection of Chester Road and Rutgers Avenue, include it “improv[ing] a dangerous intersection and connect[ing] the college to its community.”

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Restaurant Review: Junto

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Junto | Photos by Courtney Apple

“Do you know of any deserving young beginner lately set up,” members of Ben Franklin’s mutual aid society would ask one another, “whom it lies in the power of the Junto any way to encourage?”

They’d ask the same thing about “deserving stranger[s] arrived in town since last meeting.” And while neither description exactly matches MacGregor Mann, who’s cooked in Philadelphia for more than a decade, they’re close enough. Before naming his solo debut after Franklin’s eclectic club, the Garces vet went on a culinary walkabout ranging from an Idaho fly-fishing lodge to a stage at Denmark’s Noma­—often named as the best restaurant in the world. And when he returned, he was bent on digging deeper into his home turf.

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Morning Headlines: Flagship Wawa Closes; Locals Mourn

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Okay, that’s not true. Though the Greater Philadelphia area is taking this harder than James Garner’s death (RIP, Rockford), I doubt there’ll be a candlelight vigil — but note my use of the word “doubt,” because the region’s love for Wawa is (some would say irrationally) fierce.

deco daily times coverIt’s the front page of the Delaware County Daily Times, headline blaring: “1…and Done” and “End of the line for historic Wawa store.” To which I reply: WHERE WAS THE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE ON THIS? Working on the Boyd and the Blue Horizon? Priorities, people!

Barbara Ormsby, reporting for the Delco Daily Times, strikes a wistful note: “The Wawa on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue — the company’s very first convenience store that opened 50 years ago — will soon be gone, but won’t be forgotten.”

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On the Market: Painter’s Folly, Former Home of Howard Pyle

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

Vincent van Gogh once wrote to his brother that he was struck “dumb with admiration” by Howard Pyle’s illustrations in Harper’s Monthly. Unsurprisingly, Pyle rose to celebrity-status for his work, and illustrated numerous magazines and books, most notably the The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

He also did images for works by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Dean Howells, and Woodrow Wilson, and was a mentor to notable painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Upon his death, the New York Times bestowed Pyle the title of “”father of American magazine illustration as it is known to-day.” More on Pyle’s legacy can be found here.

As it stands, this Chadds Ford house –called Painter’s Folly–once belonged to the artist, and even served as inspiration for works by celebrated realist painter Andrew Wyeth, son of N.C.

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A Couple of Closures to Bum You Out

A Twitter follower had tipped us off that the postage stamp-sized Cafe Nhu Y had closed its doors at 8th and Christian. And after a lot of denial, we’re willing to admit that our favorite bargain banh mi spot is indeed gone for good. A similarly distressed Naked Philly confirms the closure.

And in the Italian Market, there’s the odd story about the closing of five-month old Torero Tapas Bar. The Torero web site has the paella and tapas bar moving/merging with Tabblon in Drexel Hill. The Passyunk Post reports that a neighbor says it was a landlord dispute that led to the closing.

How 13-Pound Philly Baby Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer Conquered the World

waldo-james-mysterious-dwyerJust eight days into his life, Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer has already touched down on three continents, and no one will be surprised if the baby checks off the other four by week’s end. The Internet-aided spread of the suddenly mythic newborn, born here in Delaware County to Philly parents, is an odd and impressive testament to both the porous copycat nature of the Internet and humanity’s unending fascination with anything, or anyone, awesomely large.

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