Main Line Monday: A Renovated Farmhouse in Haverford for $775K

130 Avon Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via Zillow

130 Avon Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

Everybody knows that the Main Line is a hub for beautiful mansions and expansive estates, so when we stumbled upon a recently re-listed property as different from the norm as this, we knew we had to talk about it.

This chic farmhouse was built back in the 1940s and is situated among estates on a private road in Haverford. The beautiful, exposed wood ceilings blend flawlessly with new modern finishes to make it an artistic delight for anyone.

The main level features an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and Shaker kitchen cabinetry. The great room works as both a living and dining room, and comes to life in the daytime thanks to the nine-foot French doors leading out to the private courtyard. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Hold Court in Haverford for $2.295M

151 Cheswold Valley Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

151 Cheswold Valley Rd., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The converted carriage house is a staple of many an affluent neighborhood. In most cases, you can still find traces of the home’s original function in telltale clues on the outside and the inside.

Not here. About the only clue this magnificent home contains to its original use comes in the form of the extra-large arched floor-to-ceiling windows that flood many of its first-floor rooms with light.

Those aside, this one-of-a-kind home looks like it had been designed for gracious living from the start, with the full complement of luxurious touches and amenities buyers expect in homes of this type. Read more »

Main Line Monday: That ’70s Home in Haverford, Updated, $959.9K

405 Richard Knolls, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

405 Richard Knolls, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This spectacular 1970s* contemporary home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac on Haverford’s north side.  Viewing it from the outside, you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve passed through a time warp, but on the inside, it remains fresh, clean and light, with its modernist design leavened by elements of traditional decor.

With an open floor plan, stunning hardwood floors and more windows than you can imagine, natural light is a key element in this home. Some of the more distinct elements that bring this home to life are the vaulted wood-beamed ceilings and built-ins in the family room,  a master suite with a fabulous walk-in closet and an incredible in-home sauna, and a renovated gourmet kitchen. An expansive rear deck outside offers views of your scenic backyard as well as a space to entertain. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Over-the-Top Opulence in Haverford

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There are lots of fabulous mansions on the Main Line. We’ve featured several of them in this space. But we’ve run across very few of them that combine elegant details, loads of space for you and your stuff, and extraordinary features in the way this relatively modest (for its category) 1921 brick Colonial does.

But we shouldn’t have been so surprised to find all of this in this home. After all, it has a name: “Maxwellton.”

Sitting on an impeccably manicured 1.57-acre hillside lot in Haverford’s bosky northern reaches, this sumptuous mansion will astound you with its many fine features and details, the work of numerous architects and landscape designers who have upgraded this home over the last several years. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Touch of Class in Haverford

830 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 |TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred - Wayne

830 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 |TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred – Wayne

Somewhere out there is a website that explains to the layman why McMansions are so hideous. The reasons why have to do with classic principles of traditional architectural design, such as balance, symmetry and proportionality.

Today’s builders would do well to study this week’s featured home as an example of how to build for the ages as well as the right now, for this 116-year-old Colonial Revival home near Haverford College both shows what a truly picturesque traditional home looks like and shows how you can keep a classic up to date with changing times and tastes.

In contrast to many Main Line Colonials, this home has an informal layout that made it easy to expand and adapt its interior space. The evolution of the home is more evident in the rear elevation, where one can see the additions that enlarged the size of one third-floor bedroom and added the sunny family room that’s attached to the updated kitchen. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Low-Maintenance Living in Haverford

100 Grays Lane #505, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

100 Grays Lane #505, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Say “Main Line” to a house-hunter, and quite likely, a certain image forms in their head. It probably looks like a center-hall Colonial or French Provincial-style home with wainscoting, crown moldings, patterned wallpaper, built-in bookcases, fireplaces, and lavish kitchens and bathrooms.

This week’s featured home has all that. But you can’t tell from looking at the outside. That’s because this roomy home in Haverford is a unit in a contemporary condominium building that was built in the 1970s and looks like it.

Inside, however, it’s traditional Main Line style through and through, only minus the center entrance hall and fireplaces.

Everything else is in place: Classic crown moldings in every room of the unit, plus chair rails in the living room, dining room and hallway. Built-in bookcases in the living room and den, and traditional cabinetry and fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms. Read more »

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 »

Kids Are Mummifying Chickens at Main Line School

Students making chicken mummies. (Photo via Facebook)

Students making chicken mummies. (Photo via Facebook)

It will cost you $21,000 to send your fifth grader to the Haverford Friends School, but when you take into consideration the fact that she’ll be mummifying chickens, it seems a whole lot less outrageous. Read more »

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