Main Line NIMBYites: No Target for Ardmore!

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Lower Merion residents are petitioning again.

This time, they want to stop a new Target from coming to their township – or, per the petition hosted by, they want to “stop developers from targeting Lower Merion.”

Residents say a Target at the busy intersection of Lancaster and Ardmore avenues in Ardmore will “only make traffic worse than it already is” in the area.  Read more »

Lower Merion Parents Outraged Over “Mega School” Plans

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Penn Wynne Elementary School via Google Maps

Parents in the Lower Merion School District want to keep “mega schools” out of their backyards. The term means what it sounds like: a really big school… relatively speaking, of course.

Lower Merion, one of the best and most well-funded public school districts in the country, has prided itself on its small and intimate classrooms. But over the years, parents have flocked to the wealthy suburban district for its elite reputation, some leaving private schools in the process. These days, LMSD is among the fastest-growing school districts in Pennsylvania, with enrollment expected to surpass 9,300 students in the next 10 years, according to district officials, and that influx has led some ill-equipped schools to feel like they’re bursting at the seams.  Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Nostalgia Trip in Wynnewood for $570K

1371 Indian Creek Dr., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Are you old enough to remember knotty pine-paneled rec rooms?

If you are, you’ll love this splendid little Colonial on a quiet lane in Wynnewood’s Penn Wynne section.

Built by its first owner in 1935, it’s full of spaces that should bring back memories of those halcyon years of the Fifties and early Sixties.

Take the basement, for instance, a large, accommodating space for relaxation and play, paneled in knotty pine with oak flooring, built-in toy storage and a family room with full bar (its sink is currently disconnected from the water lines but can be reconnected). Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Nifty ’50s Home in Penn Valley for $750K

10 Fairview Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line

We have a question about this one-of-a-kind Penn Valley home: Who designed it?

The listing agent apparently doesn’t know, for if he did, we’re certain he would have credited the architect in the listing copy.

That architect, whoever he or she is, deserves credit for this striking midcentury modern home that hugs the side of a lushly wooded hill.

Granted, Fallingwater it ain’t. But it is a truly original design that takes advantage of its site in many ways. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Modern Classic in Penn Valley for $1.899M

719 Conshohocken State Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

This brand-new home brings clean lines and a fresh take on the traditional Colonial to the Main Line.

After taking in the schist stone facade on the home’s exterior, enter through the enchanting red doors. The foyer is flooded with natural light and boasts a double butterfly staircase. Custom millwork with coffered ceilings, wainscoting, custom cabinetry and crown molding give the home unique touches.

The setup of the main floor makes entertaining enjoyable. The chef’s kitchen is complete with custom white shaker cabinets, quartz countertops, a waterfall island, beveled subway tile backsplash, top-notch appliances, a banquette seating area and a farmhouse-style sink. Just off the kitchen is a sun room which leads to the backyard. The backyard is accessible via large French doors.

The family room boasts a double-sided gas fireplace, shared with the rear porch, and custom cabinetry. The living room is spacious and perfect for enjoying time with your family.

The master bedroom has an en suite bath with a standing tub, oversized shower with a custom bench, double sinks and a private water closet. The bedroom also has his-and-hers walk-in closets and large windows.

The home additionally features a mudroom, three-car garage and a large third floor that is easily adaptable to your needs.



BATHS: 5 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $1,899,000

719 Conshohocken State Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 [Kathleen Fox | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

Jawdropper of the Week: A Palatial Retreat in Villanova for $15.9M

733 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on 4.5 acres on the Main Line’s “Golden Mile”, this expansive home will make you feel like you’ve gone on a permanent vacation. In addition to its own considerable amenities, this recently built (2002) estate home is within easy striking distance of a golf course, horse stables and riding facilities, tennis courts, jogging and biking paths, lakes and streams for fishing and boating, and a casino. Assuming, that is, that you’d want to leave this sumptuous home to take advantage of them, for it’s outfitted with many snazzy amenities of its own. Read more »

Main Line Monday: An All-New Château in Villanova for $1.57M

505 Thistlegreen Ct., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Traveling is overrated. Well, not really. But when you live in a brand-new home that looks like it was imported from the south of France, you might sate a lot of your wanderlust.

Architect Frederick L. Bissinger has successfully laid the framework for a mini-European village near the heart of Villanova, tucked behind the university campus. The six units in this development all combine up-to-the-minute glamor on the inside with Old World charm on the outside. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Classy Colonial in Penn Valley for $1.075M

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This Main Line colonial is picture-perfect – and we have the pictures to prove it. Located in Penn Valley, the four-bedroom, six-bathroom residence has everything you could ever need (and then some).

Through the double door entrance, step inside the foyer, which is home to the main staircase and opens up to a formal living room on the right and a formal dining room on the left. The living room flows into the family room and then the kitchen. Highlights of this floor include a chandelier in the dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room, a breakfast area, and a six burner built-in gas range, double ovens, and a built-in desk in the kitchen. Also on this floor is a laundry room, a bathroom, and access to the two-car garage.

Head upstairs to the second floor and delight in the master suite. The suite boasts hardwood floors, built-in speakers, a desirable walk-in closet, and a master bathroom with his and her sinks, a Jacuzzi tub, and a sit-down shower. Three other bedrooms, one of which has a bathroom of its own, a hall bathroom, and a linen closet round out this floor.

The finished basement adds even more punch to this property. The spacious lower level features two carpeted rooms that can be turned into whatever your family needs (or desires), plus a recreation room. In the fenced-in backyard, enjoy warm summer months thanks to a nice in-ground pool.

This Penn Valley home provides future homeowners with an elegant space that isn’t overwhelming. If it fits your family’s needs and tastes, we recommend checking it out.



BATHS: 5 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $1,075,000

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 [Lavinia Smerconish | BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr]

An Artist’s Gallery Home Goes Up for Sale with an Exhibition

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photo: Herb Engelsberg

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg, including TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, unless otherwise indicated

Artist Lynda Howitt draws solace from the sea. She spent her formative years living in an oceanside home in Australia, to which her parents fled to escape the murderous regime of Idi Amin, and her works frequently play on the interaction between sea and sky.

But it was a thoroughly landlocked home in Villanova that captured her fancy when she was looking for a place to live in this country.

She recognized the moment she saw it that she was about to buy an art gallery as well as a home.

“The original owners that we bought it from purposely built it to showcase their amazing art collection,” Howitt said. “Being an artist, I couldn’t help but imagine my own art on the walls when I first viewed the house.” Read more »

Two Philly-Area Communities Make Niche Top 10

We're No. 2! | Photo: Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real Estate

We’re No. 2! | Photo: Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real Estate

Chesterbrook, the master planned community in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, is once again one of the best places to live in the United States, according to new rankings released today by

It’s even climbed up several spots in Niche’s 2017 “Best Places to Live” rankings: it’s almost the best place to live in the country, up from No. 8 last year.

And a second Philadelphia-area community also placed in the top ten: Penn Wynne, in Lower Merion Township, ranked ninth.

The top honor, however, went to Carmel, Ind., near Indianapolis.

Both Carmel and Chesterbrook received A-plus grades overall, as did the other eight communities in the top ten. Both also got A-plus grades for their public schools, housing and family-friendliness. Carmel also got an A-plus for jobs, though, while Chesterbrook only received an A. Read more »

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