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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Brewing Equipment Arrives at Iron Hill Ardmore

iron-hill-ardmore-equipment-400The Iron Hill Brewing Co.’s Ardmore location has been in the plans since at least December of 2012. And though it looked like it might not happen at all for a time, the brewing equipment has arrived on site today.

The brewpub will be located at 44 Greenfield Avenue and will be the eleventh location for the chain, which stretches from Newark, Delaware to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The brewpub is aiming to open before the end of the year and has named Paul Rutherford, formerly of Iron Hill Chestnut Hill as its head brewer. That move set off a chain reaction in the Iron Hill family. Chris LaPierre, who opened the Maple Shade location has moved to Chestnut Hill and Andrew Rubenstein will be brewing at Maple Shade, with Iron Hill Voorhees head brewer Kevin Walter overseeing both locations. Got it? Good.

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Reduced: $1.45 Million Off Villanova’s Eagleview Estate

701 Eagle Farm Rd, Villanova, PA, 19085

701 Eagle Farm Rd, Villanova, PA, 19085

William Wonderly Fitler, son of former Philadelphia mayor Edwin H. Fitler for whom Fitler Square is named, lived in this five-acre property once upon a time. The home, completed in 1927, went on to be a convent for many years before being purchased as a private residence in the 1990s. More recently, it was listed on the market for $7.95 million, then $6.95 million, and now $5.49 million. Maybe another price cut will bring in potential buyers?

Interested parties shouldn’t wait too long, however. The home offers attractive amenities aplenty, which might have it off the market before you know it: art studio, gym, stained-paneled library, staff (or guest) apartment with separate entrance, and a 4,000-bottle wine cellar. Additions include a breakfast room (from which one can see the fire pit and pool) and master suite dressing room with marble fireplace. The bedroom was also expanded to make way for individual his and her bathrooms.

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Main Line Monday: $2.49 Million Mansion with Pub and Billiard Room

11 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041

11 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041

As far as dilapidated historic residences go, Craig Hall in Haverford is one of the lucky ones. The Horace Trumbauer-designed building was completed in 1925, but by the time it reached its most recent owners it was ” in shambles,” according to a recent Inquirer article.

Fortunately, then buyers Mark Rupp and Nancy Levitt-Rupp set off on a restoration project that left the property with a new kitchen and 1,100-bottle wine cellar. A former billiards room was also re-installed in the lower level, while the laundry room was converted into a home theater. In 2007, a pool and pool house were added to the property

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Main Line Monday: Lovely Stone Classic for $1.6M

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Built in the late 1930s, this stately Bryn Mawr home is a rather traditional exemplar of the period, with hardwood floors, French doors leading to flagstone terraces, landscaped grounds, and a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen has been updated with all the top-of-the-line appliances: SubZero, Thermador, Gaggenau and Bosch. And the master bath looks like it’s been carved from one gigantic piece of Cararra marble.

The owners bought the property in 1998 for a little more than $1.2 million and are now asking $1,675,000, a drop from an initial ask of more than $1.8. Should you go to the open house on Oct. 12, please let me know if the Chagall-influenced Flyers mural is still there. I kind of love it.

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Development Roundup: Digital Billboards Are Finally Coming to Market Street and Other Projects…

Market Street side of Mellon Independence Center. Photo credit: Google Street View

Market Street side of Mellon Independence Center.
Photo credit: Google Street View

Construction making way for video billboards set to line the roof of the former Lit Bros. building on Market Street has begun. Philly.com’s Maria Panaritis reports $10 million went into the project with an additional $10 million going to updating nearby public amenities.

Investors and other involved parties are aiming for a New Year’s Eve light up as the area has long been a ghost of its retail past. The “stadiumlike, wraparound, LED signs” are expected to encourage redevelopment and bring in revenue, something it has already started doing:

Indeed, advertising contracts for billboards of this nature can be very lucrative. Merlini estimated that annual revenues from the signs to be installed atop the Lits building would be in the “seven figures.”

“We didn’t know what a revenue source it would be until we got into it,” he said, adding that advertisement contracts were already in place.

Here are other unfolding projects…

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Police Tasered Man After Main Line Apple Store Ran Out of iPhone 6

From Left: Chang Liu (tasered), Bi Liu, and Lian Zheng.

From Left: Chang Liu (tasered), Bi Liu, and Lian Zheng.

A typical Saturday morning at the upmarket Suburban Square shopping center just outside of Philadelphia sees well-heeled suburbanites sipping Starbucks Pumpkin Skim Lattes while shopping at J. Crew, Trader Joe’s, and Lilly Pulitzer in the most civilized of manners. It is never the scene of melees, brouhahas or ruckuses. But this past Saturday was anything but typical. Read more »

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