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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Main Line Monday: Stone Bank Barn Conversion in Villanova

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach - Gladwyne.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Gladwyne.

Previously on the market for over $1.4 million, Woodstock Barn (or Woodstock II) has since had its price reduced to $1.175 million.  Not too bad a cut for a home which, aside from operating as a Vassar Show House at one point, was once the art studio of Thornton Oakley, an architect and noted artist who studied under renowned painter Howard Pyle. (More historical tidbits on the converted 18th-century stone bank barn can be found here.)

Forgetting its historic pedigree for moment, the property itself boasts several wood-burning fireplaces, one interior balcony, an original Dutch door, and a charming butler’s pantry with original cabinetry and preserved wooden countertops and copper sink. Exposed barn beams and wax wood floors are in the 30-foot tall great room with windows to the garden, while the dining room vaunts French doors to the terrace, gardens and pool.

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Main Line Monday: $3.49 Million Estate Comes with Basketball Court Guest Suite

All TREND photos via Keller Williams.

All TREND photos via Keller Williams.

It’s not the Basketball Hardwood Suite at the Palms (which is an actual 10,000-square-foot hotel suite with an indoor basketball court and professional locker room), but it’s probably as close as we’ll get to it around these parts. See, this Main Line estate includes a recreation barn that has a “sports court” on the first level and a two bedroom suite with kitchen, living room, and bathroom on the second level.

The main house is also a fully renovated structure with the exception of its fieldstone facade, which dates back 100 years. Inside, the home offers several fireplaces, two office spaces, and a master suite with two walk-out porches and a dressing suite with an island.


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


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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