Main Line Monday: A First Resort in Devon for $355K

5 Brettagne, Devon, Pa. 19330 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

5 Brettagne, Devon, Pa. 19333 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This home in Devon’s Arbordeau condominium community just misses the cutoff for our “First-Time Find” feature, but it’s definitely within reach of many buyers today, and you get a lot for your money here — including, if you wish, an opportunity to take a mid-1970s home with strong bones into the here and now.

Given that the kitchen and bathrooms in this home were recently updated, all that may be required is the right furniture, for this home’s stylish contemporary bones are solid. The living room has a handsome brick-arched fireplace and striking floating staircase as main design elements and is flooded with light from the sliding glass door that leads out onto the patio, one of two attached to this home. There are also two balconies on the upper level, giving it plenty of private outdoor space. Read more »

DanDan Bringing Szechuan-Taiwanese Fire to the Main Line


Courtesy of DanDan

The Rittenhouse DanDan was an instant success. In just two years, owners Kevin and Catherina “Cat” Huang grew their first restaurant into the neighborhood’s premier spot for solid noodles and dumplings, giving 9-to-5ers and the happy hour hordes something to sweat about without having to leave the comfy confines of Center City.

Come April, Devon’s heat-seekers will receive the same treatment.  Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Nirvana in Devon for $8M

500 S. Waterloo Rd., Devon, Pa. 19333 |Photos: Herb Engelsberg via Jack Aezen

500 S. Waterloo Rd., Devon, Pa. 19333 |Photos: Herb Engelsberg via Jack Aezen

Some mansions have more than elegance to recommend them. This home in Devon is one of those, because it has a story behind it.

That story begins in 1903, when Philadelphia attorney and philanthropist William C. Bullitt built this home as a summer residence on 12 acres of land near Waterloo and Exeter roads. He called it “Oxmoor,” after his family’s ancestral home in Louisville. His will provided for the home to pass to his two sons, William C. Jr. — the first U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union in the FDR administration — and Orville H., one of the founders of Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia (now Independence Blue Cross) and a board chairman of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, upon his death.

That took place in 1919, whereupon the sons sold it to Francis R. Welsh, who renamed it “Nirvana.” With its beautifully landscaped grounds and classically elegant detailing, the name certainly fit. Read more »

Main Line Monday: The Perfect Summer Entertaining Home in Devon

533 S. Waterloo Rd., Devon, Pa. 19333 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This week’s Main Line Monday home has the ultimate outdoor entertaining space in Devon that will make you never want to go inside.

Tucked away on a secluded cul-de-sac with woods at its back, surrounded by lovely landscaping, a sunny garden area alongside an Armond pool and spa with two waterfall features, and adorned with a large deck overlooking it all, this home is perfect for inviting your friends and family over for a summer evening.

When you do step inside, however, you will find a surprising amount of expansive living space with a fantastic open floor plan surrounding a great hall with grand arches. (The home’s architect, Ann Capron, was a pioneer and champion of modern open-plan houses on the staid Main Line.) Read more »

Vetri Looking to Expand to Devon and Beyond

pizzeria-vetri-940It’s been clear since the get go that Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin and the rest of the Vetri Family team planned to expand their Pizzeria Vetri concept beyond Philadelphia. And now through their connections with Urban Outfitters, they’ve locked up their first out-of-market location. Benjamin tells Danya Heninger for Billy Penn that the Pizzeria Vetri will be opening next to an Austin Urban Outfitters.

Closer to home, Vetri’s restaurants could become part of Urban Outfitters’ lifestyle village in Devon. That project is slated to include an Urban Outfitters store plus a Terrain and Anthropologie, as well as 138-unit apartment building and restaurants. Though the deal isn’t finalized, Benjamin tells Heninger that there will likely be more than one Vetri Family restaurant in the Devon Yard project.

Pizzeria Vetri reveals big expansion: With Urban Outfitters’ help, to Austin and beyond [Billy Penn]
Pizzeria Vetri [Foobooz]

Urban Outfitters’ ‘Lifestyle Village’ in Devon Could Take First Step Forward

An artist's rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters' $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

From 2013: An artist’s rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters’ $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

It looks like a big-time project in the ‘burbs will soon be awakened from its slumber. Developers Waterloo Devon L.P. (an Eli Kahn company), along with Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Anthropologie, will head before the Easttown Township Planning Commission to seek a recommendation for an amendment to the zoning code that would ultimately allow the Devon Yard project to move forward under a special Overlay District on the site at Lancaster Avenue and Devon Boulevard. The public meeting will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop House, 570 Beaumont Road, Devon.

Back in 2013, the development team announced a lifestyle village what would include retail, another garden center, multiple restaurants and a boutique hotel called the Devon Inn, the “driver” of the community. Until recently, those plans haven’t really gone anywhere, but they have appeared to have changed a bit. Read more »

Devon Stone Manor Has Philadelphia Murals and a Rustic Medieval Gym Room

This property is impressive and quirky and beautiful and puzzling all at once. Let’s start inside. The vast main house has murals depicting Philadelphia (or is it Paris? Always so hard to tell) on the dining room walls. The kitchen — surfaced entirely in wood — has a two-door entryway with a pass-through that can be open or closed to the pretty oak-paneled breakfast room with a wet bar and wine refrigerator. One large bedroom with a fireplace — there are six fireplaces total — features pale green molding with golden inset panels, a color scheme that extends elsewhere. The library is paneled in walnut, and the butler’s pantry has a silver safe that’s lined with Pacific Silver Cloth, which prevents tarnish. You don’t see too many silver safes these days.

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Spacious Devon Colonial with Custom Features

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Custom Devon Colonial

This custom colonial features exceptional architecture and elegant touches—perfect for families in need of some living space. The gourmet kitchen has a spacious butler’s pantry and an attached breakfast room. The open family room has a gas fireplace and built-in cabinetry, offering ample storage space. The living room has lovely wainscoting and deep windowsills and opens to a private library with cherry paneling and built-ins. The elegance continues upstairs with a large master bedroom, which includes a sitting area with custom-built entertainment center, walk-in closets and marble bath.

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654 Dorset Road, Devon
Price: $1,699,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4.3
5,378 sq. ft.

Six-Bedroom Victorian With Incredible Historical Details in Devon

Built in 1910, this salmon-colored brick home is a fixer-upper, but could be a real gem once it’s done. With six bedrooms, the house–which sits on an acre of private land–has more than 4,500 square feet of living space. Perennial gardens and mature trees dot the land that separates the property from other large homes in this quiet neighborhood.

A large family room is off the kitchen and a 1st floor bonus room could be a home office/den. Spacious bedrooms. The detached two-car garage has interior stairs to a large room or storage space. You could own a wonderful piece of history – unique and full of charm~~~just imagine sipping iced tea with friends on the front porch as a horse drawn carriage goes by.

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Suburban Snacks: Liquor Store Bigger Than Home Depot

In New Jersey, a business or individual can only own two liquor licenses. Wegmans is getting around the law with Wegmans Wines, Liquor and Beer, a Home Depot sized liquor store slated to open on Haddonfield Avenue in Cherry Hill. The liquor store will be owned by a separate company and will lease the Wegmans name and logos. [Courier Post]

Speaking of alcohol sales in supermarkets, the Mile Post Pub has opened in Devon’s Whole Foods. The 5,000 sqft space holds its official opening on Saturday. The pub offers seating for 57 and you’ll find wine by the glass and beers available by the glass or growler.

Ralic’s Steakhouse in Haddonfield opens Saturday night. Hell’s Kitchen contestant Ed Battaglia is in the kitchen. Ralic’s menu will be priced between $10 and $18 for appetizers, entrees will cost range from the mid-twenties and mid-forties. Bataglia will continue to direct the culinary arts program at Garfield Park Academy in Willingboro, NJ. [Ralic’s Steakhouse]

Vetri alum Joey Baldino has chosen Zeppoli as the name for his Collingswood BYOB. The spot which was the previous home of IndeBlue hopes to open next month. [The Insider]

Trax Restaurant and Cafe in the Ambler train station is beginning acoustic guitar on Thursday nights. Michael Del Conte will be on the patio (or inside if it rains) starting at 6:30 p.m tonight. He will continue on Thursday nights through at least July 7. [Trax Restaurant & Cafe]