Main Line Monday: Make Your Home in Bryn Mawr for $700K

53 S. Merion Ave., Lot 2, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images of furnished model nearby via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Ever wanted to own a home that is truly your own, because you got to outfit it?

Looking for a home that’s in the middle of a lively, walkable Main Line downtown?

This home, currently being built as part of the Danley development in downtown Bryn Mawr, lets you satisfy both desires.

This unit is an “Ellis” model home, as is the model home whose photos you see here. It’s built to a high standard of quality and style, with such classic traditional design elements as wainscoting, crown moldings, hardwood floors and gas fireplaces with wood mantles. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Convenience in South Ardmore for $315K

818 Biddle St., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

This handsome home in the Haverford Township portion of South Ardmore is sooooo close to our First-Time Find price ceiling it hurts. Maybe if the owner had taken just another $15,000 off its asking price when it got cut at the start of August, we would have held off on featuring this home until Wednesday.

But it happens to be on the Main Line as well, so we can feature it here. Which we’re doing today because it has a lot to offer a young, growing family.

One of them is a good school district: that of Haverford Township.

Another is a convenient and historic location: you’re close to the heart of both the Main Line’s biggest and liveliest Main Street and the oldest and largest historically African-American community on the Main Line, not to mention both SEPTA Regional Rail and the Norristown High-Speed Line.

Then there’s the house itself. Read more »

Main Line Monday: An All-New Château in Villanova for $1.57M

505 Thistlegreen Ct., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Traveling is overrated. Well, not really. But when you live in a brand-new home that looks like it was imported from the south of France, you might sate a lot of your wanderlust.

Architect Frederick L. Bissinger has successfully laid the framework for a mini-European village near the heart of Villanova, tucked behind the university campus. The six units in this development all combine up-to-the-minute glamor on the inside with Old World charm on the outside. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Haverford

237 Montgomery Ave. #3E, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND image via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Haverford may not be quite as fancy as its neighboring Main Line townships on either side, Radnor and Lower Merion, but it shares their reputation for a high quality of life and good schools.

Home prices in ZIP code 19041 reflect that: $500,000 is a bit below the current median sale price, which hovers in the $600s. That means that homes selling in the $500,000 range are a step up from “starter homes.” These three homes, however, are worth considering for starters: Read more »

First-Time Find: Live/Work in Bryn Mawr for $269.9K

881 Glenbrook Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Long & Foster / Christie’s International Real Estate

Starting a small business and a small family at the same time? Looking for live/work space that won’t bust your budget as well as a good place to raise your children? Want to do all this and have a Main Line address?

Your search is over.

This home in Bryn Mawr is zoned for commercial use, which means you can run your small business from the first-floor space that’s set up for it. It consists of a reception area separated by French doors from the office space, behind which is a kitchenette with laundry and a bathroom. Read more »

Main Line Monday: “Dallas” in Bryn Mawr for $650K

684 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

What do 1950s ranch homes want to be when they grow up?

We strongly suspect something like this one.

Somewhere between its birth and now, it ran across owners who, it appears, had visions of Southfork dancing in their heads. The result of this cross-pollination is a home with a Main Line address but a Texas feel.

The transport begins when you drive through the gate of this handsomely updated home and scope out the meticulously manicured front lawn. Then, as you drive up the driveway, park your car in front and walk through the front door, you may hear the theme from “Dallas” playing faintly in the back of your head.  Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Classy Colonial in Penn Valley for $1.075M

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This Main Line colonial is picture-perfect – and we have the pictures to prove it. Located in Penn Valley, the four-bedroom, six-bathroom residence has everything you could ever need (and then some).

Through the double door entrance, step inside the foyer, which is home to the main staircase and opens up to a formal living room on the right and a formal dining room on the left. The living room flows into the family room and then the kitchen. Highlights of this floor include a chandelier in the dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room, a breakfast area, and a six burner built-in gas range, double ovens, and a built-in desk in the kitchen. Also on this floor is a laundry room, a bathroom, and access to the two-car garage.

Head upstairs to the second floor and delight in the master suite. The suite boasts hardwood floors, built-in speakers, a desirable walk-in closet, and a master bathroom with his and her sinks, a Jacuzzi tub, and a sit-down shower. Three other bedrooms, one of which has a bathroom of its own, a hall bathroom, and a linen closet round out this floor.

The finished basement adds even more punch to this property. The spacious lower level features two carpeted rooms that can be turned into whatever your family needs (or desires), plus a recreation room. In the fenced-in backyard, enjoy warm summer months thanks to a nice in-ground pool.

This Penn Valley home provides future homeowners with an elegant space that isn’t overwhelming. If it fits your family’s needs and tastes, we recommend checking it out.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 5 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 4,245

SALE PRICE: $1,075,000



1320 Bobarn Dr., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 [Lavinia Smerconish | BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr]

What $500K Will Buy You in Wynnewood

1356 Garden Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND image courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach

1356 Garden Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND image courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach

Located west of Philadelphia in Montgomery County sits the suburban community of Wynnewood. The median home value in this Main Line neighborhood falls at $484,300, so if you are a potential homeowner with a budget somewhere around the $500,000 mark, you’re right on target here.

But what can a budget of $500,000 get you in Wynnewood right now? Well, we did the research and found out for you. The three options are suitable for the average family, but we’ll let you make the final call on if they’re worth the money or not. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Timeless Classic in Villanova for $1.5M

531 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Zillow

531 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Zillow

A home with a 65-foot mahogany porch is definitely one worth talking about. This mansard-roofed classic in Villanova has over 5,000 square feet of space, a whopping seven bedrooms, and four full bathrooms.

The home perfectly blends formality with comfort, as made evident by the inclusion of not one but two living rooms on the main level – one that is really fancy and another that is cozy. The formal dining room features a gas fireplace, built-in cabinetry, bay windows, and doors leading out onto a brick patio. The kitchen comes with an eat-in area, stainless steel appliances, an oversized island and a built-in desk, and provides access to yet another brick patio outside. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Massively Cozy in Villanova for $1.55M

1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This home has it all – but would we expect anything less from Villanova?

Sat in Harriton Farm, a development featuring 30 residences, this property has visual appeal both inside and out. Enter inside into what the listing agent refers to as the ‘Reception Hall’ (but we’d probably just call a foyer) and enjoy views of the formal living room to your right and dining room to your left. French doors in the living room lead into a library with built-in bookcases and a gas fireplace, and the dining room boasts a butler’s pantry with white cabinetry and a granite countertop.

The kitchen, breakfast room and family room area is our favorite. The trio blend elegance with coziness, and who doesn’t want that in the place they call home? Highlights of the kitchen include a center island, marble backsplash, a walk-in pantry, and stainless steel appliances. The breakfast room opens to the multi-tiered deck, which features a hot tub (woo!). The family room is a step down from the kitchen and features coffered ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace. A mudroom rounds out the main level and leads to a powder room, closet, and the three-car garage.

The second level is home to all five bedrooms, each of which is a decent size. The master suite has a double-door entrance, a praiseworthy dressing area with two walk-in closets, and a gorgeous bathroom with his and her vanities, heated floors, a Jacuzzi tub and a rain shower. Two of the other bedrooms also have bathrooms, and the remaining two bedrooms share a bathroom.

The basement is the perfect entertaining space for guests and boasts an exercise room, a game room, a wet bar, a billiards area, a home theater, a bonus room, and a powder room. Whew, we almost ran out of breath for a second.

If the description we just gave you isn’t clear enough as to how awesome this home is, check out the images below. This place is a vision and should not be taken for granted.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 5

BATHS: 4 full, 3 half

SQUARE FEET: 7,237

SALE PRICE: $1,550,000



1433 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa. 19085 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford Station]

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