Main Line Monday: A Narberth Home With An Inviting Exterior

Not our usual MLM fare, this home offers some unique amenities.

Not our usual MLM fare, this home has some unique aspects.

Main Line Monday often features huge mansions and estates that are common in some of the Philly area’s wealthiest neighborhoods. At 3,207 square feet, this week’s house isn’t quite that. But it does have something that many of the most luxurious houses don’t—a wraparound porch.

A house could be 10,000 square feet and have four stories, but if it has a wraparound porch, you can bet we are going to lead with that. Every. Single. Time. They’re perfect for spending bright mornings with a book or warm evenings with a drink, and when we saw this house, there was no doubt we were writing about it. The stone exterior around the lower level just adds to the feels we get seeing this place.

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Main Line Monday: Check Out This Tucked Away Gladwyne Carriage House

This secluded Gladwyne home offers peace and quiet on the Main Line.

This secluded Gladwyne home offers peace and quiet on the Main Line. | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This week’s featured home for Main Line Monday is perfect for anybody who prefers a little peace and quiet. Tucked amongst the woods on a hilltop, this stone and stucco carriage house in Gladwyne is surrounded by trees, and has winding stone pathways that lead you between the garage, the home, the pool, and the house’s two koi ponds.

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Main Line Monday: Merion Station Estate Built by Albert Barnes Features 8 Parisian Fireplaces

TREND images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

It’s been over two years since we’ve checked in on a magnificent home in Merion Station with serious ties to Albert Barnes–also known as the man behind the Barnes Foundation.

Originally listed for $3,295,000 in May 2013, a bunch of price cuts have it all the way down to $1,800,000. Considering what you’d be getting if you happened to buy it, that seems like a pretty good deal.

In short, Barnes built this grand Tudor on North Latches Lane–a stone’s throw from a bunch of his properties, including the original Barnes Foundation building–in 1914, and according to the listing from the Beth Samberg Team, “it is the last of the Barnes homes that is still available to the public for ownership.”

Here’s what you need to know.

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Main Line Monday: Wow-Worthy Property in Wayne Wants (Nearly) $4 Million

TREND images via Weirchert

TREND images via Weirchert

Ah, we’re heading back to Edgehill Road in Wayne for this edition of Main Line Monday. Previously, we featured this nearby estate, which had (among other things) an infinity pool and a gorgeous staircase.

This one, 333 Edgehill Road, is a more traditional looking home that has (again, among other things) some of the widest archways we’ve seen. Designed by Archer Buchanan Architects to evoke the essence of Brognard Okie, an architect renown for his Colonial-Revival style and restoration work (such as the Betsy Ross House in the late-1930’s), the 7,000-square-foot plus home is made with salvaged wood, Chester County field stone and reclaimed stone and wrought iron from a Chester Springs farmhouse.

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Main Line Monday: Villanova Contemporary With a 200-Year-Old Secret

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rosemont

It’s not out of the ordinary to find a centuries-old barn converted into a spectacular home. This home on Kenilworth Road in Villanova is slightly different, as it was actually built on top of a 215-year-old springhouse that was original to the property.

The conversion took place in 1983, which is kind of evident by the styling and architecture of the home, and its former life isn’t buried behind some sheet rock or stucco. Scroll through the gallery and you’ll be able to see its strong stone walls on display in the home’s lower level, which has been converted into two large multi-purpose rooms surrounded by a window-walled sun space (hall).

You’ll also find a vintage shot of the springhouse prior to its multi-story addition.

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Main Line Monday: Classic Bryn Mawr Colonial Features Glorious Staircase, Solarium

Now, that’s a staircase! TREND images via Zillow

There’s plenty to love about this home on Bryn Mawr’s north side. For starters, it dates back to 1885, and with that vintage charm comes some major curb appeal.

The minute you step inside its 3-story grand entry hall, you realize this place is no joke. A glorious winding staircase greets you, and if you want to be extra sure of its pomp, check out the fireplace on the landing of the second floor. They just don’t make ’em like they used to, huh?

But the home is more than just a fancy, swoon-worthy staircase defined by incredible hardwood floors, ornate handrails and dowels–just you wait!

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Main Line Monday: The Curious Case of Haverford’s Whitby Hall

Have you ever wished that you could just pick up your house and move it to a new location? We’re not talking your belongings, but like, the entire building.

Apparently, it’s a tale as old as time, and one prominent Philadelphia family did just that in 1923, when they literally packed up the bricks of their West Philly mansion and shipped them up to Haverford.

Whitby Hall was built by by Colonel John Coultas in 1754. Coultas was a true renaissance man, and held the position of High Sheriff in Philadelphia from 1755 through 1758. According to this cool piece in The Inquirer from 1992, Coultas also “was a ship and mill owner and distinguished himself as a soldier, river surveyor, judge and sportsman.” He also built a beautiful estate, which he dubbed Whitby Hall, at what is today 58th and Florence Street in Kingsessing.
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Main Line Monday: Gargantuan Gladwyne Estate Going for $4.6 Million

TREND Images via BHHS Fox Roach – Bryn Mawr

Let’s take a trip out to Gladwyne for a moment to check in on an impressive estate chock full of amenities, columns and space. Gladwyne, as you know, is a familiar location for the Main Line Monday feature, as secluded hideaways and houses-with-names often fill our minds with wonder.

While it doesn’t have a name (that we know of, but you could name it!), the home at 1500 Spring Mill Road is everything you’d expected in a big time listing on the Main Line. Behind the front gate is a 1.8-acre property that holds a massive home (over 15,000-square-feet!) that boasts a grand two-story entryway filled with arches, columns, shimmering floors and fine Venetian plaster walls.

Not impressed? Turn the corner and check out to two-story limestone fireplace (and wrought-iron balcony) in the great room, it’s like taking respite in the lobby of a grand hotel.

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Main Line Monday: Adorable Starter Home in Narberth Asks Under $400,000

TREND Images via Duffy Real Estate Inc

We’re switching gears for this edition of Main Line Monday. Sure, we often feature palatial estates that offer all kinds of amenities, but there’s a decidedly different home in Narberth that caught our house-huntin’ eyes. We’ll blame it on the fire-engine-red shutters.

For just under $400,000, the picturesque starer home has a lot to offer, including a great location that’s just a short walk to nearby Narberth Playground and the Narberth regional rail station.

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Main Line Monday: Villanova’s Harriton Manor House Is a Blend of Past and Present

TREND images via Zillow / BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn.

TREND images via Zillow / BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn.

Interspersing historic buildings with new constructions, open space with sensitive site planning, not to mention an innovative stormwater management system atop a 55-acre site, it’s no wonder the Harriton Farm development earned the Montgomery County Planning Commission‘s 2007 Land Development Award.

Developed by Pohlig Builders, LLC, and designed by Michael Visich Architects and Glackin Thomas Panzak, Inc., Harriton Farm is unique in that 7 of the 35 homes that reside within it are preserved structures, such as an 1860 gothic cottage, an 1880 Victorian barn and Queen Anne stable, and Lane’s End, an 18th-century farmhouse. There’s also the Harriton Manor House, which we’ve chosen as our Main Line Monday home for today.

Originally built in 1842, the Harriton Manor House sits on a lush plot overlooking a pond. It’s a country-style residence and as such offers features like plantation shutters and a breakfast room with fireplace and wood-stove insert. It’s newer details are likely to have come about during an extensive renovation in 2003. It was then that it had flagstone decking, a lower-level wine cellar and wet bar, and an apartment above the 3-car detached garage added to its repertoire. (FYI, its terrace is two stories and comes with massive columns.)

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