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

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

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

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

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

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

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 …

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

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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Main Line Monday: Contemporary Chalet-Style Home in Gladwyne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Gladwyne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Gladwyne

Set on two tree-filled acres and facing Gladwyne’s Rolling Hill Park, this contemporary lodge residence on Rose Glen Road is just as scenic as you might imagine. Taking full advantage of this is the home’s living room, which has a two-story glass wall taking in the woodsy scene.

It’s not totally Walden Pond though. Aside from not having a natural body of water within the vicinity, the property, within walking distance to Gladwyne Village, is one of several amenities: wet bar; family room with swimming pool access; and a wood-wrapped, cathedral-ceilinged master suite with twelve (!!) custom closet doors on the second level.

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Main Line Monday: Durham-Designed Dreamland in Gladwyne

All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Where to begin with this classic stone estate in Gladwyne? Let’s start at the very beginning with the fact that it was originally designed in 1932 by Walter Durham, the noted architect behind many, many esteemed residences throughout the region.

More recently, the nearly 4-acre estate has been fully renovated with high-end amenities. It’s tough to say which room is the standout. On one hand, you have the amazing living room with vaulted ceilings spanned by gorgeous exposed beams and wrapped in original stone walls and a fireplace. In the other, there’s the spacious master bedroom with lavish master bath–seriously, just look at that set up.

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Main Line Monday: Mid-Century Gem Reconstructed by New York Architect

Main photo via Zillow.com | Gallery photos courtesy of Phyllis Weinstock of Long & Foster

Main photo via Zillow.com | Gallery photos courtesy of Phyllis Weinstock of Long & Foster

Entering through the home’s double doors you’ll note two things: 1) This might have worked just as well for a hypothetical Greater Philadelphia-set Mad Men scene. And 2) renowned New York architect Andrew Wilkinson, who reconstructed the 1963 home while maintaining its delightfully retro facade, had a cool “bring the outside in” vision for the home.

What do we mean by this? Take a look at the photos (in the gallery below), and you’ll see the exposures allow for the lush outdoor landscape to inform the home’s interior for a lovely effect.

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Main Line Monday: Loves Lane Tudor Nestled in a Storybook Neighborhood

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn.

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn.

Stay in the area long enough and you’ll begin to discover Philadelphia has more than its fair share of hidden treasures for its residents to call home. In this instance, we’re looking just beyond city limits and referring to Wynnewood’s historically certified English Village, a 29 house neighborhood sure to appeal to Anglophiles as it was purposely designed to look like an English village in the Middle Ages.

Running through this neat quarter is Loves Lane, a street we’re going to take a gander and say is named after Donald and S. Arthur Love, the two bothers who developed the district in the 1920s. In the spotlight today? 645 Loves Ln, a classic English Tudor home with a new kitchen and delightful garden yard complete with fountain. Restored interior features include original flooring, millwork, beamed ceilings, leaded glass, and a stone fireplace.

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Main Line Monday: This Villanova Residence Would Have Been Perfect for the Mad Men Finale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Don and the rest of the former Sterling-Cooper gang may have moved onto the next chapter in their lives with last night’s finale, but that doesn’t mean we’ve completely let them go. Case in point, this classic mid-century modern abode in Radnor Township, which although built in 1946, gives off a certain late sixties vibe that has us feeling like an alternate story arch with Don and Betty reuniting in Montco is about to take place. (Okay, so it’s not exactly possible, but Birdie is from the area, remember?)

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