Main Line Monday: An Off-Center Hall Contemporary Colonial in Haverford

119 Green Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Long & Foster Real Estate

119 Green Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Long & Foster Real Estate (via TREND where indicated in photo)

The center-hall Colonial is the dominant house type in the upper reaches of the Main Line real estate market. You can probably describe its layout as well as we can: formal living room on the left, formal dining room on the right, kitchen behind the dining room, with maybe a butler’s pantry thrown in for good measure, and behind the living room, a library, den or study. Everything else aside from the upstairs bedrooms is an add-on.

We don’t know about you, but we like a little bit of variety every now and then. Which is why we were pleased to run across this contemporary Colonial in Haverford that’s just a bit off the beaten path.

This barely-two-year-old home in the Carriage Homes at Haverford Reserve development is a variant on the custom-built model home that was chosen as this mag’s 2008 Design Home, and the same care and creative flair that went into that house can be found here as well, starting with that informal Colonial layout. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Sprawling Fairway Estate in Haverford

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Main Line Monday takes us to the famed Merion Golf Club this week, home of the 2013 U.S. Open. This Haverford house looks out on the first fairway of the club’s West Course and features a unique layout.

Many extravagant Main Line mansions choose to build up, having three or four stories and levels. This one chooses to build out, and around. The layout of the house sprawls around a backyard pool and patio, and although it has 8,000 square feet, it’s almost all on one level. The house is highlighted by the large windows that span much of that first level and that offer views of the pool and of the golf course from pretty much anywhere in the house. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Furness-Designed “Lynhurst” Going For $3.1 Million

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Gosh, what a time to be alive. Originally part of the historic Knollbrook estate, Lynhurst was a three-year construction built at the behest of attorney I. Layton Register who would go on to use it at his summer residence. Given that it was the late 1800s (the stone manse was completed in 1890), Register was able to have its designer be none other than now legendary Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. Today, it’s listed for a cool $3.1 million.

As you’d imagine, the Main Line stunner is said to have retained its “impeccable architectural symmetry,” though it’s also in the way of offering a meticulously update interior, beginning with the kitchen, which has been recently renovated, along with the breakfast area. Here, built-in seating lends some charm to the pristine space, which comes with an ogee-edged center island and ample cabinetry.

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Will Philly-Area Schools Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees?

Last week, Lehigh University rescinded an honorary degree it had given to Bill Cosby in 1987. It decided to nix the honor because of the overwhelming number of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault. (Cosby has never been  criminally charged — though he currently faces several civil lawsuits —and has denied the accusations.)

“Pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Trustees, Lehigh University has rescinded the honorary degree bestowed upon William H. Cosby, Jr. by the University in 1987,” the University said in a statement. “In sworn deposition testimony, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath to behavior that is antithetical to the values of Lehigh University and inconsistent with the character and high standards that honorary degree recipients are expected to exemplify.”

Lehigh is not the only local university to have awarded Cosby an honorary degree. Seven other schools in the Philadelphia area — Delaware State, Drexel, Haverford, Swarthmore, Temple, Penn and West Chester — have awarded Cosby honorary diplomas. Philadelphia magazine reached out to all seven schools to ask if they were considering stripping him of his honorary diplomas. Here’s what we found out. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Splendid Remnant of the Cheswold Estate

cheswold estate haverford

TREND images via Zillow.com

Unique and historic, the Stewart Stable residence in Haverford has, through its very existence, preserved the spirit of its forerunner, the renowned Cheswold estate.  For one, it boasts a stunning façade made of Tudor board and stucco and crowned with Vermont red slate, all while situated on a lush acre complete with stream and pond.

Inside, the home’s first level boasts an open floor plan encompassing the living, dining, and family rooms and library; marble and oak floors; beamed ceilings and original arched carriage windows; and four gas fireplaces. The dwelling, recently renovated and vaunting a newly added family room, encloses a walled and gated courtyard.

But it’s been some time since we last featured the property hasn’t it? Given that and the fact that it’s got an interesting history, here’s a refresher for you:

  • The site originally housed Cheswold, an estate home parked on 54 acres belonging to Alexander J. Cassatt, seventh president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and brother to painter Mary Cassatt.
  • A.J. commissioned the notable Furness & Evans firm to make additions to the mansion, which at the time vaunted stained glass windows, a paneled walnut hall, and a growing collection of Read more »

Main Line Monday: Mouthwatering Haverford Home Asks For $2.99 Million

Images via REMAXDesignCenter.com

Images via REMAXDesignCenter.com

Barring the fact that it’s in a heavily car-dependent neighborhood, this week’s Main Line Monday residence is truly a prize to behold. To begin, the home claims a little less than two acres in Haverford and offers 10,000 square feet of living space. Recently, it’s had every single of its seven bathrooms renovated with radiant heat flooring and quartz and marble tiling; plus, it comes with a mouth-watering master suite complete with sitting area, walk-in closets, his & her baths and a garden-side balcony. Asking price? $2.99 million.

New upgrades aside, the home is festooned with original woodwork and boasts multiples access to the back yard. Catching our eye from the get-go, however, is the vibrant kitchen with its dazzling blue custom cabinetry, hand painted hardwood floors, and top of the line appliances, which includes a built-in Subzero refrigerator; plus, a butler’s pantry with mini fridge, wine fridge, ice machine and dishwasher. Gas fireplaces are throughout, with the library also boasting built-ins. The mud room, meanwhile, offers a service entrance, rear private staircase, and access to both the two-car garage and fully finished basement, the latter of which comes with the following: game area, wet bar, gym, home theater. Specs and photos below.

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Penn Slips in New Colleges Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

It’s that time of year again — when college students go back to school, see old friends and probably hit the year’s first party. It’s also the time of year when U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual ranking of colleges.

The University of Pennsylvania is always a top contender, but this year had a slip in the rankings. In fact, it was the only school from last year’s top 10 to shift at all, dropping from a tie at No. 8 to No. 9.  Read more »

White Dog Cafe Opens in Haverford

Du Jour Market is now a White Dog Cafe.

Du Jour Market is now a White Dog Cafe.

The third location of White Dog Cafe opens today in Haverford. It is the second Main Line location to open since restaurateur Marty Grims purchased the original University White Dog from Judy Wicks. The Haverford location replaces Grims’ Du Jour Market.

The revamped market now consists of a bar and two dining rooms. The bar opens today at 3 p.m. with dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Lunch service begins next week, with brunch following next weekend.

White Dog Cafe – Haverford [Foobooz]

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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