SOLD: Unique Japanese-Inspired Home in Villanova Fetches $1.5 Million

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This four-bedroom home extends its Japanese design aesthetic from facade to landscaping to 6,300-square-foot interior. With wood and rice paper room dividers and jade-colored floor tiles, among other design notes, it’s remarkably consistent in its Asian approach.

The home includes large open spaces and a vaulted ceiling; a sunroom; multiple access points to the verandas; a private terrace for the master suite; a pool; gardens; and walkways. It all sits on almost three acres.

The home was originally listed for $2.5 million in 2012, but recently sold for a little more than $1.5 million. Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: A Rise in Lower Merion Crime

Surely even the most brazen burglar wouldn't dare to steal from Woodmont.

Surely even the most brazen burglar wouldn’t dare to steal from Woodmont.

Perhaps the only good to come out of these freezing days is that burglars feel it too. That’s what police superintendent Michael J. McGrath surmises given that the upswing in Lower Merion break-ins took place in July last year.

It’s the third consecutive year, according to statistics made public by Lower Merion police, to see a rise in burglaries in that area. Break-ins typically occurred during daytime hours and police believe they’re the result of drug prices going up.

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Main Line Monday: Ornate, Extravagant Monk Road Estate

If the $24.5 million price tag for Linden Hill at 1543 Monk Road is just a tad above your price range, fret not. Berkshire Hathaway is listing another house on the same street. This one’s at 1410 Monk Road, a mere 285 feet from the estate formerly owned by Campbell Soup mogul Jack Dorrance.

The eight-bedroom home on two acres is a sprawling 14,500 square feet with nine full baths and three powder rooms. Downstairs (please don’t call it the basement) you’ll find a bar, a billiard room, a family room, cardio and weight rooms, and a home theater.

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Read Ed Rendell’s Favorite 5th Grade Essay of the Year

This year, the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia University, (who knew?) asked a bunch of fifth-grade classes in the areaBet to answer this question in essay form: Should the requirement that the president of the United States be a natural-born citizen be changed?* Rendell (along with some other judges, including his ex-wife Midge, a real judge) picked the winner from Merion Elementary School. Here it is:

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Viking Pastries in Ardmore Gets TV Makeover

viking pastries before

Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.

Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]

Now for Sale: Pat Croce’s Exuberantly Decorated Main Line Home


Pat Croce — former president of the 76ers; author of inspirational New York Times bestsellers; self-described pirate; museum founder; and Key West habitué and bar owner — has put his extravagant Lower Merion estate on the market for $7.95 million. The home has six bedrooms and 8 full bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, for a total of more than 10,500 square feet. The house sits on three and a half acres, and was built in 1923. Croce and wife Diane paid 2.35 million for it in 1993.

As befits a man of Croce’s status, the home has a game room, a media room, plenty of garage parking, a pool, tennis courts, a bar, and other perks. It also has a very distinct sense of style, as exuberant as the man himself. Note the pirate-themed chairs.

Gallery below.

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