Main Line Monday: A Sweet Storybook Home in Narberth for $719K

402 Haverford Ave., Narbeth, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

402 Haverford Ave., Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

This home’s got it all – a great location, gorgeous stone construction, a spacious backyard, and new interior updates.

Our favorite part is the charming front porch, which looks like it belongs on a movie set and would be a great spot to sit and read with a glass of wine in hand (are we getting ahead of ourselves?). From the front porch, enter into the center hall where you will be surrounded by both the living and dining rooms on either side. Beyond these rooms is a renovated kitchen and breakfast area. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Ardmore

215 Drexel Rd., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Zillow

215 Drexel Rd., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Zillow

Straddling two counties, Ardmore is one of the Main Line’s largest and liveliest suburban communities. It boasts some of the best shops, restaurants, bars, festivals, and nightlife in the area – just head down to Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore’s main street, and embrace all the town has to offer.

But what does it cost to live here? Apparently, it’s actually quite affordable for all potential homeowners looking to spend under a million dollars. Homes for sale in the area currently fall somewhere between $200,000 to $850,000 – and there are several options that fall right in the middle, at about $500,000. If this is your desired price range, scroll on and see what we’ve found. Read more »

Survey: Villanova Tops for Green Homes for Sale

Masonry homes dominate the Main Line the way brick rowhomes dominate Philadelphia. Both are excellent candidates for green retrofitting, which helps explain why this area has such a high number of homes with green features on the market.

Masonry homes dominate the Main Line the way brick rowhomes dominate Philadelphia. Both are excellent candidates for green retrofitting, which helps explain why this area has such a high number of homes with green features on the market.

Maybe homeowners hereabouts want to emulate the Eagles. Or maybe it’s because investments in green features pay off when it’s time to sell. Whatever the reason, Philadelphia-area homeowners love to trim their homes with green.

Especially on the Main Line. When Redfin, the Seattle-based online brokerage, surveyed listings of homes for sale in the markets where it operates across the country, it found that 57 percent of all the homes listed for sale in Villanova touted energy-saving or environmentally friendly features in their listings.

That was enough to earn the community the top spot on Redfin’s list of “The Top 10 Neighborhoods for Green Homes.”

Redfin looked for listings where homes were described using terms such as “LEED,” “Energy Star,” “solar,” “energy-efficient,” “green built,” and the like.

It turns out that these green homes are golden for their owners: the median sale price for homes with green features was $33,894 above the median for all homes in the cities Redfin surveyed.

But what makes Main Line homes greener than others elsewhere? Tom Lewis, Redfin’s Philadelphia market manager, says it’s the way they’re built. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Feat of Artistry in Gladwyne

100 Maple Hill Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via Redfin

100 Maple Hill Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via Redfin

When you live in a place like Philadelphia, there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience art. Whether they’re creations made by local artists or pieces in world-renowned collections, it’s hard not to fall in love with the scene.

In a true demonstration of artistry and architectural wizardry, The Estate at Maple Hill is a fitting match for those who’d like to bring the gallery-tour experience to their homes. Imagine: what if your own home was a work of art? Architect Peter Zimmerman’s unique creation, brought to vivid life by Cherokee Construction, combines  Gothic Revival on the outside with a blend of French-inspired classicism, the modern and the Moderne on the inside.

Completed in 2009 and sitting on 32 acres of stately, beautifully landscaped grounds, this estate boasts a full stone exterior with limestone accents, a graduated multi-colored slate roof and sweeping terraces on three of the home’s exposures. The views are enhanced by a perimeter of mature flowering and evergreen trees, a nature/ATV trail that’s perfect for those sweet morning walks and a rolling wildflower meadow. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A 19th-Century Stone Home in Villanova

104 Dovecote Lane, Villanova, Pa. 19087 | TREND Images via Long & Foster

104 Dovecote Lane, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via Long & Foster

Let’s begin Farmhouse Friday with a fun fact: this house was once owned by the family of famous American painter Mary Cassatt. And let us say, it really is a work of art. (Please excuse that terrible joke. We just couldn’t resist.)

With this week’s farmhouse, it’s pretty clear why it’s being featured—that beautiful stone exterior. This isn’t just a doorway or a small portion of the house that’s stone…it’s the entire thing, and it looks pristine. Read more »