Main Line Monday: The Splendid Haverford Home with An HGTV Kitchen

328 Grays Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

328 Grays Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

For all the terrific moldings and built-ins in the living room and for all the dining room’s toasty appeal (there’s a wood burning fireplace there), nothing, not even those double French doors opening into a conservatory with casement windows, touches the exquisite kitchen.

Designed by celebrated chef and caterer Peter Callahan, the kitchen was featured in HGTV Magazine a few years ago. And guess what? A look at the photos from the issue and ones from the current listing reveal the room to be as flawless as ever. The room contains  first-rate appliances, butler’s pantry, closet, a room full of bins and an office area.

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SOLD: “Newbury” Estate in Haverford Goes For $1.46 Million

315 Grays Lane, Haverford, PA, 19041

315 Grays Lane, Haverford, PA, 19041

Formerly on the market for over $1.6 million, this Walter Durham-designed property has now been taken off as someone bought the home to the cool tune of $1,465,000.

In making the purchase, new owners are getting a residence that, aside from being in the ever vaunted Main Line, includes an updated gourmet kitchen and cherry library, which is actually part of a larger two story addition to the home. There is also a slew of terraces (plus a Juliet balcony off the family room) from which one can look out to the swimming pool and landscaped grounds.

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Main Line Monday: Haverford “Mini Estate” for $1.32 Million

5 Craig Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

5 Craig Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

Usually, the word “estate” evokes the image of a grand property with a palatial residence, tree-lined driveways, hills of perfectly manicured flower beds, and various outbuildings and amenities. This home isn’t exactly that, but it’s 1.3-acre property with similar features, so we shall dub it a “mini estate,” as per the listing.

The home, which has an extensive back yard that includes a tennis court, pool and 8-person hot tub, has a new kitchen with Quartzite counters, subway tile backsplash with glass accents, GE Profile refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and Kraftmaid cabinets that come with under-cabinet low voltage lighting.

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Throwback Thursday: Cassatt Family Property Back on Market

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach


This home’s original owner was Pennsylvania Railroad president A.J. Cassatt, brother of the great Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. A.J.’s daughter Elsie and her husband J. Plunkett Stewart had the home and stable redesigned by Chapman & Fraser, but this elegant home is only part of it.

When we first wrote about it back in February, we noted it sold for a hair over $1 million after an initial market bow in January 2010 for more than $2.5 million. Now it’s on the market again at an even higher ask: $3.5 million. But the sellers are real estate agents, so they surely know what they’re doing. The photos are better this time, the marketing is better, the listing of the “enchanting property” is more rapturous:

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Main Line Monday: $2.5M Lower Merion Estate With Four-Season Hot Tub

330 Grays Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

330 Grays Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

Lounging on the Turkish limestone terraces and/or taking a dip in the lap pool doesn’t sound too inviting to us right about now. What does does inviting is the hot tub, which looks out to the landscaped grounds and pool from the safety of the home via patio doors. It’s perfect for year-round use!

Other cold weather features in the recently renovated home include heater floors, fireplaces throughout (even the master suite), and a lower level spa pavilion far from the outdoor chill. An office, conservatory, and custom kitchen designed in the country living style are also featured in the house.

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Main Line Monday: $2.49 Million Mansion with Pub and Billiard Room

11 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041

11 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041

As far as dilapidated historic residences go, Craig Hall in Haverford is one of the lucky ones. The Horace Trumbauer-designed building was completed in 1925, but by the time it reached its most recent owners it was ” in shambles,” according to a recent Inquirer article.

Fortunately, then buyers Mark Rupp and Nancy Levitt-Rupp set off on a restoration project that left the property with a new kitchen and 1,100-bottle wine cellar. A former billiards room was also re-installed in the lower level, while the laundry room was converted into a home theater. In 2007, a pool and pool house were added to the property

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Main Line Monday: $4M Manse With “Chocolate Room”

maxwellton

As befits its name and august address, Maxwellton — actually asking a hair under $4 million — has many hallmarks of luxury, perhaps first and foremost a La Cornue Château 165 range, the newest La Cornue model, which according the company was “born of a deep love of succulent roasted meats and poultries.” The kitchen has other top-of-the-line appliances, such as a built-in Sub Zero model 632, a Wolf built-in convection and microwave oven and a professional Miele built-in coffee making system.

There’s a “dish room” with 80 running feet of cabinetry and a smaller kitchen off of the main kitchen.

Perhaps most enticingly, however, is the presence of a “chocolate room” that has been “designed for optimal humidity and temperature control for the production of chocolate dishes” and “includes a walk-in refrigerator and Wolf cook-top stove.”

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Haverford Modern: Is This a Hecto-Oxagonal-Geodesical-Solaris Home?

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TREND photo via Christopher Real Estate Services

This home, built (quite clearly) in 1974, has that era’s California modern thing going on, but also a few contemporary touches you’d see in a home today, like the glowing red sink. Though it was previously marketed “as is” after a foreclosure, it seems to have been spiffed up quite a bit, with a kitchen featuring the following: “Italian Pedini cabinetry, silestone/quartz countertops, porcelain floor tile, a conduction cooktop, chef’s gourmet range hood, two stainless steel refrigerators, a large island, double convection oven, several glass door pantries, a butler’s pantry (with additional cabinetry, sink and second fridge) and a glass backsplash.” Updating the kitchen can’t fail.

More technically, there’s a new HVAC system and a pool surrounded by a new paver patio. But the photos really demonstrate what the house has to offer. Gallery below.

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Walter Durham-Designed “Newbury” listed for $1.625 Million in Haverford

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

Walter Durham is noted for designing some 300 homes on the Main Line and for reviving the Welsh farmhouse style throughout the posh community. This five-bedroom in Haverford is in particularly good condition, featuring an updated gourmet kitchen and cherry library.

The first floor of the immense home includes dramatic living and dining rooms with rich wallpaper, connected by a butler’s pantry (someday we are going to write a thesis on the relationship between sales price and wallpaper style). The aforementioned library is part of a two-story addition, the top floor of which includes a master suite with double baths and double closets. The master suite also features one of several fireplaces. The second floor is rounded out by four other bedrooms, three full baths and a laundry room. The lower level has a rec room, another full bath and an exercise room. There is also a bar, handy for post-workout replenishment.

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Campaign Manager Who Beat Eric Cantor Deletes His Facebook Page

zachary-werrell-eric-cantor--940x540 Haverford College graduate Zachary Werrell, who was the campaign manager in David Brat’s stunning upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, was one of a thousand anonymous, young campaign staffers that dot the country. But when his candidate pulled off one of the biggest shockers in major U.S. election history, people started poking around. And now he’s scrubbed his Facebook page. Werrell’s political Facebook rants, which were removed overnight following Brat’s big win, basically read like any of the other thousand political rants that litter everyone’s Facebook feed. Only Werrell isn’t someone you went to kindergarden with who’s a property manager, he’s the campaign manager for a likely future congressman. Read more »

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