Main Line Monday: “Mistwood”

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Devon

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Devon

Sound a bit like it’s the next tween obsession, doesn’t it? Fortunately in this case, Mistwood is more of an all-ages real estate infatuation than a 13-year-old’s fantasy fixation.

Situated on eleven acres of Radnor Hunt, the property claims an Ann Capron-designed stone & stucco colonial with 4-car heated garage (no chilly walks to the car!), a separate two-bedroom caretaker’s apartment, and a detached 3-car garage/workshop. Still unimpressed? In addition to those structures, the estate holds a bank barn, lighted tennis court, indoor-outdoor pool with stone terrace, koi pond, a stocked pond with dock, and a waterfall and meandering stream. (Okay so maybe it does have a touch of the fantastical.)

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Main Line Monday: $22.5 Million Villanova Estate Includes Clock Tower Guest House

All TREND photos via

All TREND photos via

Did you balk at the price? We did it too until we heard this: Albermarle was once part of the historic Ardrossan Estate.

Once a 700-acre expanse boasting close to thirty buildings (not to mention the occupancy of Hope Montgomery Scott, the socialite who inspired the the character Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story) Ardrossan was a vaunted property more noted than other Main Line mansions. Today, only 311-acres remain of its original tract, 71 of which now belong to the township. From the Main Line Times:

The township bought 71 acres of the 311-acre Ardrossan Farm property for open space, closing on the $11.6 million deal late last year. The remainder of the property will become an upscale housing development, although developer Edgar “Eddie” Scott III promises to preserve much of the interior land as “investment lots” so the new homeowners can enjoy magnificent views of the rolling countryside.

So what of the other 400+ acres? Long story short, the land was divided and sold off into individual parcels, most of which–like Albermarle–are now probably mansion estates.

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Main Line Monday: Bright Villanova Home with Mansard Roof

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a Walter Durham-designed home, and it’s likely that it won’t be the last given the extent of his Main Line work. But contrary to his past residential creations we’ve covered, this one boasts touches of Second Empire French architecture (including a Mansard roof) and a collection of brightly colored rooms, most of which shades of gold or amber.

What’s more, its sunny interior is purportedly highlighted by natural light that pervades each room. (Per the listing, “each room is filled with light and frames a glimpse of private gardens.”) Among its more sun-friendly compartments are a solarium and a formal living room with glass doors that are described as “capturing the early afternoon sun.” The entry foyer also claims glass doors, which are not pictured.

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Main Line Monday: Your Future Family Compound Includes a Bocce Court

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Malvern.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Malvern.

You wouldn’t know it by just looking, but Zillow informs us the main house on this Chester County family compound is actually a farmhouse built circa 1800! Its up to date look is of course thanks to a renovation that left it with an open floor plan and gourmet kitchen with center island, soapstone counters, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry.

Other features of note in the main home include wide-plank hardwood floors, crown molding, several fireplaces, a terrace accessible dining room, and a breakfast room with skylights.

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Main Line Monday: $1.45 Million Garden Haven Designed by Walter Durham

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rosemont

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rosemont

Wrapped up in over three acres of fresh specimen trees, this scenic Walter Durham creation gives the impression of being a secluded retreat despite its proximity to Gladwyne, Narberth, and Haverford. (It’s also within five minutes to I-76.) Among its choice traits, the garden-engulfed home has a library with walk-in fireplace, brick terraces with awning, pool, and a four-stall barn with additional parking.

Inside, the property offers a granite island kitchen, stocked with several stainless steel appliances, that connects to a butler’s pantry, breakfast room, first floor laundry, and mudroom.The nearby great room, meanwhile, has a wet bar, fireplace and tray ceiling. From here, there’s access to the master bedroom via a curving staircase. Said suite includes a fireplace, his and her walk-in closets, dressing area, and balcony overlooking the grounds.

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Main Line Monday: Picture-Perfect Rustic Abode in Berwyn

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne.

It’s been some time since 1725, but this one-acre Berwyn property the listing says dates back to that year manages to balance a picture-perfect look between its former days as “The Place”  and its current standing as one of Chester County’s more charming on-the-market homes.

Known also as the Stephen David House, the residence was last occupied by a family who settled there for nearly six decades (last year marks the first time it’s being offered since they moved in!). It consists of a Colonial Revival with three rustic outbuildings: blacksmith shop, summer kitchen, and potting shed. Interior notes in the main house include antique pine flooring, a fully pine-paneled den, and original living and dining rooms.

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Main Line Monday: HGTV-Primed Gem Nestled in Villanova

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne.

Given that this former barn (a structure dating back to the 1800s) is now the site of a stunning residence with an art studio, den, office, and recreation space (and that’s including an indoor basketball court!), it’s no surprise that a national television show has taken interest.

According to listing agent Tom Lowry, the home has been approved for HGTV’s You Live in What? show, and has already had all of its structural work done to make way for the architects, designers, and decorators who will be given a chance to renovate a portion of the property. Its selection on the show is still pending.

In any case, the home, which is soon expected to get a price cut, is already a hit without being in the television spotlight. Gardener/Fox Associates spent over half a million in overhauling the home’s interior, leaving it with the lovely notes like original timber, exposed stone walls, and vaulted ceilings, you see in the gallery below.

Main Line Monday: Gladwyne Manse With Working Elevator and–Wait, Is That a Barber’s Chair?

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Chestnut Hill

Update (2:36 p.m.): It seems to be a basketball-themed day here at Property, where in addition to reporting that AI’s former mansion sold, a savvy reader left a comment below pointing out that this Main Line home is the former residence of former Sixer John Salmons!

It has the typically high-end hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, and high ceilings one comes to expect in Gladwyne homes, but this particular property boasts an extra feature we rarely hear see: a working elevator that stops on each of the four floors.

In-home theater, gym, sauna, spa, and a second kitchen on the lower level are also in the home, but our choice amenity (aside from the elevator) is the toasty-sounding master suite bathroom, which comes with heated floors!

Halkett millwork can be found in the first level library, while the main kitchen includes a wall stove, Clive Christian custom cabinetry, and a walk-in pantry. Additionally, the gallery shows a room with–do our eyes deceive us?–what appears to be a barber’s chair.

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Main Line Monday: Stone Bank Barn Conversion in Villanova

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach - Gladwyne.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Gladwyne.

Previously on the market for over $1.4 million, Woodstock Barn (or Woodstock II) has since had its price reduced to $1.175 million.  Not too bad a cut for a home which, aside from operating as a Vassar Show House at one point, was once the art studio of Thornton Oakley, an architect and noted artist who studied under renowned painter Howard Pyle. (More historical tidbits on the converted 18th-century stone bank barn can be found here.)

Forgetting its historic pedigree for moment, the property itself boasts several wood-burning fireplaces, one interior balcony, an original Dutch door, and a charming butler’s pantry with original cabinetry and preserved wooden countertops and copper sink. Exposed barn beams and wax wood floors are in the 30-foot tall great room with windows to the garden, while the dining room vaunts French doors to the terrace, gardens and pool.

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