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 »

Haverford Treetop House with Saltwater Pool and Wine Cellar

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

Looking at this listing absent an address, you could be forgiven for assuming it was somewhere remote. Or at the very least not Haverford. Which is a lovely community with often covetable real estate but is rarely associated with contemporary private treetop homes nestled into lush hills.

Shades and curtains are rare throughout this secluded home. Why bother when your bedroom is part of the tree boughs? Downstairs the first floor has a wall of windows overlooking the greenery (and the pool – more on that momentarily). The kitchen is sleek and modern and the living room gives way to a deck. The master bedroom upstairs features custom built-ins and an en-suite bath with double vanities and a steam shower. The lower level has three additional bedrooms, a family room and a large wine cellar.

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23-Year-Old Haverford College Grad Is Architect of Stunning Eric Cantor Upset

Zachary Werrell via LinkedIn

Zachary Werrell via LinkedIn

Washington is reeling today after House majority leader Eric Cantor lost his primary race to an underfunded college economics professor. The upset, which completely shocked every pundit in D.C., came after a Cantor internal poll had the Congressman leading challenger Dave Brat 62%-28%. Cantor outspent Brat 40-1. No House majority leader had ever been beaten in a primary before.

Behind this stunner? Zachary Werrell, 23, managed Brat’s campaign to victory in only his second paid politics job. This time last year, Werrell was graduating from Haverford College. He was operating using a flip phone he purchased at Wal-Mart: “The cheapest one I could find,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

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Haverford Speaker Slams Student for Protests

“Haverford College graduates got an earful today from former Princeton University President William Bowen, who spoke as a speaker at the school’s commencement. One of the original speakers, former UC-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, withdrew after student protests,” The Wire reports. “Calling the students both ‘immature’ and ‘arrogant,’ Bowen received a standing ovation from the crowd.”

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Morning Headlines: Drive-Thru Walgreens to Replace Sbarro Gas Station in Haverford

Screen shot of 2400 Darby Road.
Photo credit: Google Street View.

The current Sbarro gas station on the corner of Darby and East Eagle Road is set to be demolished and replaced by a 6,800-square-foot drive-thru Walgreens store. Blackwater Falls Trust plans to lease its .6-acre Haverford property to Walgreen Eastern Company, who appeared before the Zoning Hearing Board last week to request construction variances.

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$5.5 Million Haverford Estate With Giant Sports Bar Man Cave

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The listing describes this Haverford estate as a “veritable country club,” and recommends a tour on the property’s golf cart. So let’s hop in for a virtual spin. Chilly out, isn’t it? Watch the hillocks of snow! Cruising the six acres of land here, you’ll see a lighted tennis court, a lighted basketball court, a pool with pool house, and a hot tub.

Over here, you’ll note a detached two-car garage to supplement the attached three-car garage. But let’s zip over to the guest house addition. If you’ve read the listing, you’ll know it’s currently serving as “the ultimate Man Cave” — and that’s especially so for sports fans. There are eight TVs on the wall, a bar, a kitchen, and a locker room that has a TV over the urinal; never miss a minute!

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Pep Boys Estate Sale: Piano, Women’s Shoes, Bull Shooter Arcade Game

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Iliana Strauss, widow of Pep Boys heir Ben Strauss (son of Mo), put her Haverford home on the market in June. Now that a sale is pending, the nine-bedroom home’s contents are being sold off this weekend at an estate sale. Even if you’re not interested in the objects for sale, which can be seen here, this is a great opportunity to check out a home designed by one of the area’s most famous architects, Walter K. Durham. Tomorrow is the last day of the sale.

Gallery of the home, below.

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