Owners Propose Historical Ardmore Buildings Be Demolished for Parking

The historical Ardmore properties in question as of 2012. | Photo via Google Street View

The historical Ardmore properties in question as of 2012. | Photo via Google Street View

Ooof, this is definitely not helping the already partially(?) deplored One Ardmore Place project.

As previously reported, Carl Dranoff’s planned mixed-use development has been mired with dissenters since its approval, going so far as to inspire a protest in November. More recently, the project was connected to a lawsuit filed by six local business owners against Lower Merion Township after the township granted the developer a historical road for his project.

Now, the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison reports the new owners of two historical properties on Cricket Avenue (47 and 53-55) have submitted a formal application for the demolition of their buildings. Their reasons for wanting the demo? Parking. 

More specifically, temporary parking to alleviate traffic during the construction of Dranoff’s One Ardmore Place.

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Main Line Monday: $1.45 Million Garden Haven Designed by Walter Durham

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rosemont

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rosemont

Wrapped up in over three acres of fresh specimen trees, this scenic Walter Durham creation gives the impression of being a secluded retreat despite its proximity to Gladwyne, Narberth, and Haverford. (It’s also within five minutes to I-76.) Among its choice traits, the garden-engulfed home has a library with walk-in fireplace, brick terraces with awning, pool, and a four-stall barn with additional parking.

Inside, the property offers a granite island kitchen, stocked with several stainless steel appliances, that connects to a butler’s pantry, breakfast room, first floor laundry, and mudroom.The nearby great room, meanwhile, has a wet bar, fireplace and tray ceiling. From here, there’s access to the master bedroom via a curving staircase. Said suite includes a fireplace, his and her walk-in closets, dressing area, and balcony overlooking the grounds.

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Did Main Line Cops Crack Down on Shoveling Scofflaws?

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On Tuesday night, as emotions over the blown snow forecast and all the inconveniences it brought began to melt away, a new snow controversy erupted in Lower Merion Township on the stylish Main Line outside of Philadelphia.

Wynnewood resident Deborah Saldaña, a 49-year-old mother and Zumba instructor, posted a message to the Facebook group Lower Merion Community Network. In it, she explains that Lower Merion cops confronted two black kids who were shoveling snow outside her home, and that the cops told her father that anyone who wants to shovel someone else’s property needs to pay the township for a $50 permit. She suspects racial profiling.

Oh, we’ll just let her explain in her own words, via Facebook:

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Spotted: Lower Merion Victorian with Turret Bathroom

TREND photo via RE/MAX Executive Realty-Bryn Mawr.

TREND photo via RE/MAX Executive Realty-Bryn Mawr.

Lest the above image dishearten you, take a look at the home in snowless weather in the gallery below because, ultimately, we think it’s a winner.

Some of its more striking elements? How about a heated greenhouse room (potential art studio?), generously-sized master suite (seriously, it has a sitting area, dressing room, and bathroom!), and turret bathroom. That turret, by the way, also houses a curved stairway with stained glass windows. Additionally, outside is a carriage house with 1-car garage.

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Main Line Monday: Picture-Perfect Rustic Abode in Berwyn

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne.

It’s been some time since 1725, but this one-acre Berwyn property the listing says dates back to that year manages to balance a picture-perfect look between its former days as “The Place”  and its current standing as one of Chester County’s more charming on-the-market homes.

Known also as the Stephen David House, the residence was last occupied by a family who settled there for nearly six decades (last year marks the first time it’s being offered since they moved in!). It consists of a Colonial Revival with three rustic outbuildings: blacksmith shop, summer kitchen, and potting shed. Interior notes in the main house include antique pine flooring, a fully pine-paneled den, and original living and dining rooms.

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Margaret Kuo Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Chinese New Year Menu

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Margaret Kuo is celebrating the Year of the Ram by offering a Chinese New Year dinner menu now through March 8th. This year marks the 40 year anniversary of Margaret Kuo’s annual New Year menu, an eternity in restaurant years. The Wayne location includes a seven course menu for $65 per person or $95 per person with wine pairings. The Media location is offering an eight course meal for $55, with an additional option of wine pairing specials.

The Chinese New Year lands on Thursday, February 19 this year.

Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Wayne (PDF)
Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Media (PDF)

Margaret Kuo [Official]

Parlor Pizza Bar to Open Early March

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Former Saint James in Ardmore will become Parlor Pizza Bar

Rob Wasserman, owner of Rouge and 500 Degrees, has announced his plan to turn his Saint James into a family friendly pizza restaurant called Parlor Pizza Bar in early March.  The restaurant will be located at Saint James used to be, at 30 Parking Plaza in Ardmore.

Parlor Pizza Bar’s menu will center around artisan wood fired pizzas, as well as pastas and salads intended for families and groups. The restaurant will also be serving draft wines by the glass, with reasonably priced options starting at $6 a glass.

Otto Architects is remodeling the space, bringing in a crimson and gray palette. A Ferrari red pizza oven imported from Modena, Italy will be the focal point of the dining room.

Parlor Pizza Bar [Foobooz]

Before & After: The Main Line Conversion You Have to See

Photo credit: Betsy Barron Fine Art Photography LLC

Photo credit: Betsy Barron Fine Art Photography LLC

Around this time last year we informed you of a special project taking shape in Narberth. If it’s not ringing bell, here’s the jist of it: Main Line reBUILD developers had the idea of turning the former United Methodist Church of Narberth and its parsonage into condos. A new townhouse construction was also in their plans.

The name of this proposed residential site? Narberth Place, which now lays claim to a pristine building called the Barrie House (i.e., the former parsonage) at its site. It’s the before and after photos of the one the Barrie House units that we have here now, and goodness gracious are they worth a look: by golly are they worth a look:

Main Line Monday: HGTV-Primed Gem Nestled in Villanova

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne.

Given that this former barn (a structure dating back to the 1800s) is now the site of a stunning residence with an art studio, den, office, and recreation space (and that’s including an indoor basketball court!), it’s no surprise that a national television show has taken interest.

According to listing agent Tom Lowry, the home has been approved for HGTV’s You Live in What? show, and has already had all of its structural work done to make way for the architects, designers, and decorators who will be given a chance to renovate a portion of the property. Its selection on the show is still pending.

In any case, the home, which is soon expected to get a price cut, is already a hit without being in the television spotlight. Gardener/Fox Associates spent over half a million in overhauling the home’s interior, leaving it with the lovely notes like original timber, exposed stone walls, and vaulted ceilings, you see in the gallery below.

Main Line Monday: Gladwyne Manse With Working Elevator and–Wait, Is That a Barber’s Chair?

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Chestnut Hill

Update (2:36 p.m.): It seems to be a basketball-themed day here at Property, where in addition to reporting that AI’s former mansion sold, a savvy reader left a comment below pointing out that this Main Line home is the former residence of former Sixer John Salmons!

It has the typically high-end hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, and high ceilings one comes to expect in Gladwyne homes, but this particular property boasts an extra feature we rarely hear see: a working elevator that stops on each of the four floors.

In-home theater, gym, sauna, spa, and a second kitchen on the lower level are also in the home, but our choice amenity (aside from the elevator) is the toasty-sounding master suite bathroom, which comes with heated floors!

Halkett millwork can be found in the first level library, while the main kitchen includes a wall stove, Clive Christian custom cabinetry, and a walk-in pantry. Additionally, the gallery shows a room with–do our eyes deceive us?–what appears to be a barber’s chair.

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