That Game of Thrones-ish Mansion in Villanova is Pending Sale

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Haverford.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford.

Things seem to be looking up for this formidable Delaware County estate, which at the beginning of the year was listed for $2,349,000 followed by a series of price cuts, delistings, re-listings, price raises, and more cuts. The medieval-style mansion has, as Shannon Rooney noted in January, a distinct Game of Thrones air to it and no one was biting.

That is until now.

Redfin says the home is contingent, which means someone might finally be in the process of sealing the deal on the grand property. And what a home they’ll have! In addition to the lovely particulars inside (hand carved millwork, limestone accents, leaded glass windows, and a 20-foot beamed ceiling), the 2-plus-acre grounds seem to call out from a different time: gardens, stone walls, reflecting pond, and several terraces.

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Main Line Happenings: Ardmore Becoming Beer Destination

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Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery  was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.

The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.

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Main Line Monday: Custom-Designed Residential Gem in Radnor Has a Secret

317 Edgehill Rd, Wayne, PA, 19087

317 Edgehill Rd, Wayne, PA, 19087

You wouldn’t think this four-acre Main Line residence had any surprises in store for us since it starts out simple enough: two picturesque speakeasy doors leading into an impressive foyer, wrought iron staircase, random width floors, even period fireplaces in the living and dining rooms.

The kitchen, too, boasts amenities akin to homes of this caliber: stainless steel appliances, marble island, walk-in pantry and a bonus desk area. Trussed beams and a wet bar mudroom are family room features, while extra miscellaneous rooms include a library, wine cellar and au-pair suite above one of the garages.

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Main Line Monday: The Splendid Haverford Home with An HGTV Kitchen

328 Grays Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

328 Grays Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

For all the terrific moldings and built-ins in the living room and for all the dining room’s toasty appeal (there’s a wood burning fireplace there), nothing, not even those double French doors opening into a conservatory with casement windows, touches the exquisite kitchen.

Designed by celebrated chef and caterer Peter Callahan, the kitchen was featured in HGTV Magazine a few years ago. And guess what? A look at the photos from the issue and ones from the current listing reveal the room to be as flawless as ever. The room contains  first-rate appliances, butler’s pantry, closet, a room full of bins and an office area.

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SOLD: “Newbury” Estate in Haverford Goes For $1.46 Million

315 Grays Lane, Haverford, PA, 19041

315 Grays Lane, Haverford, PA, 19041

Formerly on the market for over $1.6 million, this Walter Durham-designed property has now been taken off as someone bought the home to the cool tune of $1,465,000.

In making the purchase, new owners are getting a residence that, aside from being in the ever vaunted Main Line, includes an updated gourmet kitchen and cherry library, which is actually part of a larger two story addition to the home. There is also a slew of terraces (plus a Juliet balcony off the family room) from which one can look out to the swimming pool and landscaped grounds.

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Main Line Monday: Pretty Tudor Revival with Library, Solarium and Wine Room

756 Mount Pleasant Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010

756 Mount Pleasant Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010

There must be a reason Tudor Revival-style dwellings made a comeback in the United States in the ’80s. Let’s take a look at this one, currently on the market for $1,050,000, to see what makes these homes so desirable.

First, there’s the dining room, a salon with wide wood pegged floors, fireplace and built-in shelving (pictured above). Then, there’s the updated kitchen with its granite counters, off white wood cabinetry and, of course, its built-in stove. But the sure winner here is the library: a bookworm’s dream with yet another cozy fireplace and two large window seats.

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Main Line Monday: $4.37M Bryn Mawr Dwelling with His and Her Offices

955 Rock Creek Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010

Architect Fred Bissinger (he of Dream Homes Philadelphia fame) designed this Main Line house, which, at 10,000 square feet, offers plenty of bonus home features: a set of his and her offices (finally, your own quiet work space!), custom wine room, guest suite, home theater and even an exercise room.

Appointments include vaulted ceilings, a cherry paneled great room (with full bar) and custom cabinetry in the kitchen (appliances consist of Gaggenau and Sub Zero). The master suite contains sitting and dressing rooms, as well as walk-in closets and a marble bathroom with double vanities.

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Morning Headlines: Neighbors Say Dranoff’s One Ardmore Place Is Too Tall

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Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place was off to a rocky start and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. According to Cheryl Allison at the Main Line Times, residents recently banded together at a meeting to express their disapproval for the redevelopment project’s height.

During a forum with the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners this past Wednesday, neighbors wore t-shirts with the words “Save Cricket Lot 4 Ardmore” and argued that the sections of the planned mixed-use building that rise up eight stories do not adhere to the neighborhood’s character. They then reiterated past complaints, as well. From the Main Line Times: Read more »

Main Line Monday: Haverford “Mini Estate” for $1.32 Million

5 Craig Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

5 Craig Ln, Haverford, PA, 19041

Usually, the word “estate” evokes the image of a grand property with a palatial residence, tree-lined driveways, hills of perfectly manicured flower beds, and various outbuildings and amenities. This home isn’t exactly that, but it’s 1.3-acre property with similar features, so we shall dub it a “mini estate,” as per the listing.

The home, which has an extensive back yard that includes a tennis court, pool and 8-person hot tub, has a new kitchen with Quartzite counters, subway tile backsplash with glass accents, GE Profile refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and Kraftmaid cabinets that come with under-cabinet low voltage lighting.

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Main Line Monday: Rental in Merion Station Includes Au Pair Suite

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Just off City Avenue, this two-story residence is being offered for rent at $3,199/month.

Home details include, hardwood and tiled flooring, granite counters in the kitchen, and a dining room with custom built granite table. The kitchen also comes with stainless steel appliances and an adjacent laundry area. Downstairs, the lower level consists of an au pair suite with full bathroom.

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