117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate
Sellers who photograph homes for sale, and some brokers as well, often resort to tricks to make spaces look larger than they are. It’s a shame, for usually, photos that show the spaces as they are will reveal that they have enough room for a typical buyer.
Most often, this takes the form of using a wide-angle lens to take in more of the space. This week’s featured home employs a most unusual tactic: the use of fish-eye lenses.
As we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to hang your pictures and mirrors from bulging walls, please be assured that the walls of this comfortable, recently updated home close to the heart of Bryn Mawr are perfectly straight, as some of the photos make clear. Read more »
729 Hathaway Ln, Ardmore, Pa. 19003 | TREND images via Moore & Ryan Real Estate
When you’re looking for a place to call home for the first time, you’ll probably hear lots of warnings to lower your expectations and keep your wish list short.
It’s safe to say that we’ve found a home that will require you to do no such thing. With clean interiors, spacious and airy rooms, freshly painted walls and exceptional updates, the house is not only move-in ready but also Pinterest-worthy. And with a price this low, you’re really getting that bang for your buck.
This spacious and light-filled twin home in Ardmore features original hardwood floors and beautiful details like clean crown molding and gorgeous light fixtures that make rooms homey. The curb appeal is strong, with a welcoming front porch and well-maintained shrubbery. Read more »
100 Rock Rose Lane, Radnor, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line
This being Philadelphia, a lot of us love our homes to at least convey a sense of history. That’s even truer on the Main Line, and especially so in tony Radnor. But those of you with a penchant for crisp, clean lines should find this High Modernist home out that way highly appealing.
The home’s white stucco exterior, with its black window bands and stone wall, may make you feel like you ran across a sunnier version of a Louis Kahn home. Inside, features like sleek white interiors, lots of windows letting in natural light and open floor plans make this home even sunnier. A striking spiral staircase is the focal point of the foyer. Read more »
Despite good reviews, Wayne’s tiny crepe spot, Creperie Bechamel just closed itss doors this past Sunday. But the creperie is making way for something a little more upscale and refined.
Tara Buzan, owner of To the Table Catering just bought the restaurant and is planning to open BYOB in the space this fall. Buzan previously owned A Taste of Britain, but has been working as a private chef and caterer for the last 5 years. But she’s ready to get back into the restaurant business.
“The timing just seemed right. I sold my previous restaurant when my son was one,” said. “Now he’s six and I guess I just have the itch.”
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560 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
There are manors, and then there are manors.
This week’s Jawdropper of the Week features Holly Hill, an estate with a fascinating blend of history and modern design. Originally known as Fox Hill Farms, this property was commissioned by Fidelity Trust Company of Philadelphia President Rudolph Ellis in 1881 as his summer home and designed by architect Theophilus Chandler. While pared down to a manageable 5.247 acres from its original plot of 320 acres, this estate has not lost its grandeur by any means.
The exterior of this home is truly eye candy. The driveway begins at a stone gate house designed by noted Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre and winds around to a private, gated residence sitting amid impressive grounds that largely follow landscape architect Oglesby Paul’s 1914 plan. Even from a distance, the eye is drawn to the weathervane-topped turret, attention-grabbing red tile roof and the curved stone walls. Read more »
La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe
La Colombe opens its first suburban Philadelphia location today in BrynMawr. The Main Line La Colombe opens at 915 West Lancaster Avenue, in a former auto garage. The cafe is part of a new retail and office development at the site named Bryn Mawr Village.
The 2,000 square foot space features skylights, handcrafted wood furniture, indoor plants and planter boxes at the entrance.
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526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach
If you’re one of those people who’s looking to live “the country life” but don’t want the remoteness that comes with it, we’ve got the perfect place for you.
This lovely stone home in Villanova dates to 1890, when it really was part of a working farm. Development now surrounds it. and it’s been completely updated with modern fixtures and features, but it’s still loaded with classic farmhouse charm.
The built-in shelves, wainscotting, crown moldings, hardwood floors, fireplaces and hidden cabinets you’ll find throughout this house are all original and lovingly maintained. Joining these details are newer details like French doors, skylights, recessed lighting, and modern bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Read more »
Keisha Parker at an event on the Main Line.
Before making someone the treasurer of your organization, here’s a tip: Do a background check. That is the lesson being learned by one suburban group that claims that its recent treasurer stole thousands of dollars from the coffer. Read more »
Vern Burling, Chris Linton, Dan Popernack
This summer, the Main Line town of Berwyn will have a special addition to their community—La Cabra Brewing—right across from the Berwyn train station.
Starting out as the town’s general store in the late 1800s, the building La Cabra resides in became several furniture stores, and then sat empty for a few years until partners Vern Burling, Andy Iott and Dan Popernack (also the head brewer) signed the lease on the historic building on 642 Lancaster Avenue.
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Students making chicken mummies. (Photo via Facebook)
It will cost you $21,000 to send your fifth grader to the Haverford Friends School, but when you take into consideration the fact that she’ll be mummifying chickens, it seems a whole lot less outrageous. Read more »