Main Line Monday: Refined Villanova Manse Perfect Setting for Sabrina Remake

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With Hollywood’s occasional remake frenzy in mind, we propose this Villanova home as one of the settings for a modern-day version of Sabrina, a 1954 rom-com starring Audrey Hepburn. (Let’s pretend the Harrison Ford* one never happened.) Without giving too much away, there’s an early scene in the film where a young, heartbroken Sabrina locks herself in the multi-car garage after seeing her crush, the spoiled younger son of her father’s rich employer, with another woman. She blacks out from car exhaust poisoning, but is saved at the last minute by Humphrey Bogart, the more together, mature elder son. You can imagine how this is going to end, right?

Anyway, the point is this residence has an expanded four-door garage that would be an excellent backdrop for that scene. It doesn’t hurt that it can actually hold up to seven vehicles, what with its three commercial parking lifts, thereby driving the point that Sabrina, the daughter of the family chauffeur, is considered a less than suitable match for either of the young men of the house and vice-versa (the house staff wants to protect her good name).

Other high-end features on the property include a pool and pool house, while inside are three separate recreation areas, plus a walk-in, temperature-controlled wine cellar. What’s more, the grey stone Tudor has several French doors with original leaded glass, as well as a marvelous Downsview kitchen with built-in banquette seating in the breakfast room. Then, there’s the matter of the deluxe master retreat, which has a bathroom encompassing separate baths, hers with seated shower, jetted tub, fireplace, and adjacent walk-in closet; his with steam shower and dressing area. A mirrored gym can be found on the third level.

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Main Line Monday: Historic $1.6 Million Residence by William Lightfoot Price

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First, there was the beautiful Schoenhaus Estate, a property originally owned by William Penn before passing down to an Arts and Crafts Movement community headed by architect William Lightfoot Price who rehabilitated its historic buildings. Then, we told you about the restored, castle-like Lower Merion manse Price designed in the late 1800s.

And now? Well, now we’re going to introduce you to another one of his fine works.

Price, a would-be “giant” in the world of architecture were it not for his untimely death at age 55, teamed up his brother to start own firm early in his career. One of their first commissions was with real estate developers Wendell & Smith who tapped them for several projects, among them Overbrook Farms and various residential developments in St. Davids and Wayne. This home in South Wayne came about from such a partnership.

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Main Line Monday: $4.7 Million Newtown Square Estate with Historic Roots

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It’s a property with just a touch of the historic, but you wouldn’t notice what with all the work its had.  The main house, for example, is a newer construction with hardwood flooring, a slew of formal rooms, gourmet kitchen, and a great room with access to stone patio dining spaces. Outside, the residence has a tennis court and more than twelve acres of Delaware County land.

Before all this, however, the Harrison Estates was the site of several 18th-century structures. One that continues to stand is the historic Iddings House, which, according to an Inquirer article from April 1999, once belonged to Richard and Margaret Iddings, grandparents of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Anthony Wayne. Today, the Iddings House has been renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms and is the guest home of this property.

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Main Line Monday: $3.99 Million Glenlaurel Estate Is Going to Auction

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Mark your calendars, auctioneers, because the mouthwatering Glenlaurel estate in Gladwyne just got a lot more interesting: the Main Line beauty will go to auction and sell without reserve to the highest bidder. Till then, open houses will be held daily between 1 to 4pm.

Something of a mini castle, the home was designed by Walter Durham in a style reminiscent of English Norman manors. As mentioned in our previous coverage of Glenlaurel, the property boasts a swimming pool, lighted tennis court, spring fed pond and more than three acres of landscaped grounds. Inside Glenlaurel offers newer bathrooms, finished basement, and a turret staircase leading to the master suite. Specs and photos below.

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Main Line Monday: Prize Tudor Estate Near Suburban Square

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That’s the beauty of (most) Main Line homes isn’t it? If properly situated, they can seem worlds away from the hum of civilization on quiet afternoons, all the while being minutes from a main street or train station by car. This two-plus acre estate in Ardmore is one such home, although it does one better: it’s within walking distance to SEPTA regional rail and Suburban Square, the boutique shopping center with expansion plans in the works.

As we said though, you wouldn’t know it on lazy days what with the tree-surrounded property encompassing a “larger than a tennis court” yard and lower garden with a brook and fountain. The pool is hidden too, notes the listing, by greenery that’s part of the circular driveway. Other of its outdoor features we think you might like: wrap-around screened porch, pea stone courtyard, pool house, and three-car garage currently used as an office with three-bedroom apartment above.

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Main Line Monday: Yep, This Lower Merion Charmer Went For the Floor Layout Switch

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Well, looky here! Is this a thing with Main Line homes we weren’t aware of? Sure, we’ve seen new constructions try out this layout switch before, but rarely have we spotted this in an older residence. In any case, we kind of like it: this circa 1900 Lower Merion home has its living area and kitchen on the second level, while three of its four bedrooms on the main floor.

Not to worry, though. Its old and new features have been commingled in such a way that deem it a charmer through and through. For example, though renovated in 2011, the historic home managed to keep its original hardwood floors and its entrance hall boasts Old World wainscoting. Upstairs, the main living area offers cathedral and beamed ceilings, recessed lighting, and a kitchen with concrete counter tops and built-in cabinetry refrigerator.

But the apple of our eye? There’s a plank wood wall made of reclaimed barn wood in the family area and the master suite – also on this level – appears to have a similar feature.

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Main Line Monday: Valley View Estate Listed for the Second Time in Sixty Years

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Almost saved this one for Friday, but we just couldn’t wait to share it with you! Listed last week for a cool – brace yourself, now – $3.5 million, the Valley View estate in Lower Merion finds itself on the market for the second time in sixty years. Quick, get thee to the gallery below before it disappears for another couple of decades!

Situated on more than two acres, the property consists of a stone Pennsylvania farmhouse, three-car garage, and heated swimming pool with hot tub. The Valley View main residence claims 8,000 square feet of living space, including a fully renovated basement with a 1,200-bottle wine cellar. One of its neatest features, though, is the custom wall covering depicting New York Harbor circa 1860 in the formal dining room.

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Main Line Monday: Flyers Fans, Your Dream Home Is in Wayne

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Let’s be honest here. It’s going to be a really, really long time before any one of our Main Line Monday picks dethrones Fernside Cottage in Gladwyne. That being said, it’s not like there won’t be any that come close (or at least make some kind of impression). So what exactly is oh-so special about today’s pick? Guys, we can sum it up in three words: Indoor. Ice. Rink.

Yep, you read that correctly. This 6,188-square-foot residence in Wayne comes with its own synthetic ice rink (grab your ice skates, kids!). Per the listing, it’s located on the lower level, where there’s also a second kitchen, ice machine, home gym, and bonus recreation room.

(And while hockey fans are having a ball downstairs, the more summer activity-oriented will be happy to know there’s also an in-ground saltwater pool on the property.)

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Main Line Monday: It Might Not Get Any Better Than Fernside Cottage in Gladwyne

Woah. | Images: Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty - Bryn Mawr

Woah. | Images: Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty – Bryn Mawr

Ah, Gladwyne, we have but one question for you. How the hell do you do it? It seems like our pick for Main Line Monday is always a toss up between a fantastic home in Gladwyne and then the rest of the Main Line. Our most recent installment is a special one, and we even have to admit, it’s going to be difficult to top.

Originally constructed in 1835, Fernside Cottage pretty much as it all: history, high design, privacy and, of course, luxury. The listing states that the humble mill worker’s house dates back to 1835 and was converted into a single-family home by Dr. Seymour DeWitt Ludlum, the founder of the “lost” Gladwyne Colony. It was eventually gobbled up by Campbell’s Soup magnate John Dorrance and incorporated into Dolobran, his sprawling estate now known as Linden Hill, another Gladwyne Jaw Dropper. More recently, the home was renovated with a modernist addition by Daniel Evan White, a noted architect from British Columbia who has designed some seriously impressive residences, mainly in the Vancouver area.

So, what do you get for nearly $5 million? It’s ain’t just about the history.

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Main Line Monday: Greta Garbo Might Have Lived in This Gladwyne Manse If …

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When it comes down to it, Greta Garbo really might have lived in any one of the Main Line’s grand mansions had she elected to grace the area with her presence every now and then. But according to hearsay that’s been passed down through the decades, “River House,” a Schuylkill River-side residence in Gladwyne, this is the one she might have lived in. Per the listing:

Legend has it that “River House” was built for Leopold Stokowski, director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and his lover, famed film star, Greta Garbo, but following a disagreement, they never acquired the home.

We can’t vouch for that conjecture, but it is true that Stokowski and Garbo appeared to have been friends and travel companions.  In any case, River House went on to belong to another set of artistic types, in this case Helen Tyson Madeira and Louis C. Madeira IV. The Madeiras, who purchased the property in 1940, lived there “for nearly three-quarters of a century.” Now, the home is on the market for the first time since they acquired it.

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