Main Line Monday: Modern Dream Residence in Penn Valley

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford

Would you classify this Lower Merion residence as a mid-century modern? It certainly has that airy, light-generous roominess those types of buildings are known to have. No kidding, the home, built sometime in the 1950s, offers over 4,100 square feet and has high ceilings and a plethora of windows, which to us seems like the perfect place to host large gatherings.

Outdoor features include a back covered porch, a swimming pool one can see from the wall of windows in the lower level, and a pergola-covered terrace off the dining room and kitchen, where a breakfast area has bonus sitting room thanks to the 16-foot granite and stainless steel island. Kitchen amenities consist of a SubZero fridge, three sinks, a wine cooler, and a 6 burner Garland commercial range. A loft area can be found upstairs, while the family room, exercise area, and additional rooms are on the lower level.

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More Drama for One Ardmore Place: Nearby Business Owners File Suit Against Lower Merion Township

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Six business owners neighboring Carl Dranoff’s One Ardmore Place project at the site of the Cricket Parking Lot have filed a lawsuit against Lower Merion Township. The suit claims that Haws Terrace, an access road behind the parking lot, was deeded as public land and isn’t allowed to be sold to a private developer to create a 8-story, mixed-use complex.

A newsletter sent out by JustLaws, one of the law firms representing the business owners, sheds some light on the suit:
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Did Main Line Cops Crack Down on Shoveling Scofflaws?

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On Tuesday night, as emotions over the blown snow forecast and all the inconveniences it brought began to melt away, a new snow controversy erupted in Lower Merion Township on the stylish Main Line outside of Philadelphia.

Wynnewood resident Deborah Saldaña, a 49-year-old mother and Zumba instructor, posted a message to the Facebook group Lower Merion Community Network. In it, she explains that Lower Merion cops confronted two black kids who were shoveling snow outside her home, and that the cops told her father that anyone who wants to shovel someone else’s property needs to pay the township for a $50 permit. She suspects racial profiling.

Oh, we’ll just let her explain in her own words, via Facebook:

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Spotted: Lower Merion Victorian with Turret Bathroom

TREND photo via RE/MAX Executive Realty-Bryn Mawr.

TREND photo via RE/MAX Executive Realty-Bryn Mawr.

Lest the above image dishearten you, take a look at the home in snowless weather in the gallery below because, ultimately, we think it’s a winner.

Some of its more striking elements? How about a heated greenhouse room (potential art studio?), generously-sized master suite (seriously, it has a sitting area, dressing room, and bathroom!), and turret bathroom. That turret, by the way, also houses a curved stairway with stained glass windows. Additionally, outside is a carriage house with 1-car garage.

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For Sale: Adorned Penn Valley Home with Spa Room Attached to Master Suite

44 Fairview Rd, Penn Valley, PA

Where to begin? This house is distinctively outfitted to say the least (hint: see the gallery to catch a glimpse of faux stone walls, pillars, tiger print rug, etc.), but I suppose what caught our eye first was the smiling pig standing in welcome at the entrance.

From the kitchen there’s access to the dining, family, breakfast, and great rooms. This latter area has marble and limestone floors, high beamed ceilings. and sliding pocket doors that lead out to the swimming pool. It’s capable of seating up to 60 guests.

Then there’s the master suite, which opens onto a deck and outdoor pool area and has a his-and-her bathroom that includes a massage area, plus a separate spa room with heated stone floor, “Endless pool”, and what looks to be a sky muraled ceiling.  Other bedrooms and a family room are in the lower level, which has an entry to the tennis court.

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Morning Headlines: Wynnewood Is One of the Most Popular Suburbs for Renters

Photo credit: Google Maps.

Photo credit: Google Maps.

Last week we heard homeownership in the area had been slowing down, only to learn the next day that the apartment market in Center City was cooling as well. So where exactly are renters going? ApartmentGuide points to the the suburbs.

Despite Lower Merion Township having some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the area, Philly.com’s Lauren Mennen reports the apartment-hunting website found Wynnewood to be the seventh “hottest suburb” for renters in the country after analyzing 100 of the most-searched cities between April and July. The numbers below may explain why:

According to statistics on the website, the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom home in Wynnewood is $1,443, which is still cheaper than two-bedroom homes Old City ($2,137), Society Hill ($2,137), Northern Liberties ($1,582), Graduate Hospital ($1,512), and Fairmount/Art Museum ($1,495).

Lower cost and taxes aside, Wynnewood has a the advantage of having a “larger concentration of apartments” compared to other areas, all while offering better schools, more shopping, easy access to Center City, and being walker-friendly for commuters.

Wynnewood named one of the ‘hottest suburbs’ for renters [Philly.com]

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Morning Headlines: 1,300 New Apartments Planned for Lower Merion Township

As it goes in the nation, so it goes in Lower Merion: Rentals are trending. Heavily. That’s why developers are betting on projects like a 33-unit complex at Athens and Walton in Ardmore and a 284-unit complex on Righter’s Ferry Road. Also, according to the Inquirer:

…115 apartments (plus offices) at the Palmer Theological Seminary at City and Lancaster Avenues, 250 units next to the Wynnewood train station, 121 apartments on a municipal parking lot on Cricket Avenue in Ardmore” and a plan for 40-plus units near Ardmore’s Suburban Square on Sibley Avenue…If all the projects now on the boards are built, they would increase the total number of rental properties in Lower Merion by roughly 20 percent.

Will this activity bring a new surge of life to towns like Ardmore, that can be a little too sleepy for their own good? Or will they flood the school district with too many new students? Read more here.

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