Main Line Monday: Bright Villanova Home with Mansard Roof

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a Walter Durham-designed home, and it’s likely that it won’t be the last given the extent of his Main Line work. But contrary to his past residential creations we’ve covered, this one boasts touches of Second Empire French architecture (including a Mansard roof) and a collection of brightly colored rooms, most of which shades of gold or amber.

What’s more, its sunny interior is purportedly highlighted by natural light that pervades each room. (Per the listing, “each room is filled with light and frames a glimpse of private gardens.”) Among its more sun-friendly compartments are a solarium and a formal living room with glass doors that are described as “capturing the early afternoon sun.” The entry foyer also claims glass doors, which are not pictured.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Modern Gladwyne Castle for $4.5 Million

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - Bryn Mawr

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr

He likes sophisticated modern living, she prefers homey spaces with a touch of the historical. Where and how will they ever find a home that suits both tastes? More importantly, wouldn’t a house like that elicit more than its fair share of eyebrow raises (and not in a good way)?

If you answered yes to the latter question, this house may change your mind. Ardwyn, a 70-year-old structure built in the French Norman style, is situated on three-plus acres of Main Line land and is a perfect blend of the above described tastes. The home owes its unique design to Castlecomb Projects who artfully balanced it out with “bold, impeccably selected and masterfully crafted” finishes. Stone and brick make up the building, which offers a spiral staircase turret, soaring ceilings, exquisite detailing, and a chic kitchen that looks like it was taken out of the pages of HGTV Magazine. To boot, there’s an upper level room with windows looking out to the great room, as well as an adjacent interior balcony.

You just have to see the gallery!

Main Line Monday: Your Future Family Compound Includes a Bocce Court

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Malvern.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Malvern.

You wouldn’t know it by just looking, but Zillow informs us the main house on this Chester County family compound is actually a farmhouse built circa 1800! Its up to date look is of course thanks to a renovation that left it with an open floor plan and gourmet kitchen with center island, soapstone counters, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry.

Other features of note in the main home include wide-plank hardwood floors, crown molding, several fireplaces, a terrace accessible dining room, and a breakfast room with skylights.

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Another Link in the Chain

not-your-average-joe-ardmore-940Not Your Average Joe’s is coming to Ardmore’s Suburban Square on February 23rd. The Massachusetts-based, casual bar-restaurant chain is taking over the old movie theater at Suburban Square. The Ardmore location is the second are location for the chain, NYAJ opened in Glen Mills last year.

Also in Ardmore’s Suburban Square, Michael Klein has the details on Besito, an upscale Mexican chain from Long Island, New York that promises “a fiesta every night.”

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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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