Farmhouse Friday: You Have to See This Fully Renovated Gentleman’s Farm in Malvern

It’s Friday, meaning we can rejoice for the coming weekend and today’s magnificent farmhouse pick! Today’s country-living estate? A Malvern gentleman’s farm that’s just a stone’s throw from magnificent Radnor Hunt. “Truly a lifestyle property,” the listing calls it.

Inside, the fully renovated home has had almost everything newly installed: hardwood floors, carpeting, light fixtures, appliances, windows, HVAC, and septic. The detail that’s sure to benefit from oncoming hot weather is the eat-in kitchen with a breakfast room opening onto a deck. Meanwhile, the raised stone hearth and gas fireplace in the family room might sound like the spot to be in colder months. Great room-wise, the room lives up to its name with an expansive vaulted ceiling , as well as a fireplace and mudroom.

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Main Line Monday: “Mistwood”

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Devon

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Devon

Sound a bit like it’s the next tween obsession, doesn’t it? Fortunately in this case, Mistwood is more of an all-ages real estate infatuation than a 13-year-old’s fantasy fixation.

Situated on eleven acres of Radnor Hunt, the property claims an Ann Capron-designed stone & stucco colonial with 4-car heated garage (no chilly walks to the car!), a separate two-bedroom caretaker’s apartment, and a detached 3-car garage/workshop. Still unimpressed? In addition to those structures, the estate holds a bank barn, lighted tennis court, indoor-outdoor pool with stone terrace, koi pond, a stocked pond with dock, and a waterfall and meandering stream. (Okay so maybe it does have a touch of the fantastical.)

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This Main Line-based Athletic Collection Makes Us Actually Want to Work Out

All images via Strut-This.

All images via Strut-This.

With swimsuit season lurking just around the corner, your time at the gym might be on the rise in the next few months. But we’ve found an athletic line with local roots that will have you loving every second of your workout or, at the very least, will get you pumped up to hit the gym.

Behold: Strut-This. Founded in 2011 and run by two mother-daughter duos (one on the Main Line, the other in LA), the line of athletic wear features ultra-trendy prints and sporty styles including pants, capris, sports bras, jackets and shorts. The online store is to die for … or run for. (Same thing, right?)  Read more »

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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Serenade in Blue: Million-Dollar Beauty in Malvern

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This is Willistown Township, a bucolic area that’s quiet, genteel, and inclined toward an appreciation of the natural world. In September, the new 22-acre Serpentine Preserve will open adjacent to the Willisbrook Preserve and Serpentine Barrens, all of them ideal spots for hiking, bird-watching and guided tours of wild plants. That’s to say nothing of the Township’s 180-acre Okehocking Preserve along Delchester Run and Ridley Creek, which also offers walking trails past wetlands, meadowlands and the like. Residents here are just as likely to put on their Wellies as don a tux for a dinner party.

Which is not to say the real estate comes cheap. One house on the market is $4.5 million. Another is $3.5 million.  Given that this home—with a phenomenal blue kitchen with Carrara marble countertops—is between the two, its new million-dollar price tag feels like a bargain. Plus, it’s a terrific house.

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Malvern’s Most Earth-Friendly Cedar Mansion

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This Lindal Cedar home on Conestoga Road is about as green as it gets — and in some intriguing ways. For instance, the railings are made, in part, of the pipes and wood from a 400-year-old church organ. And recovered iron from the very historic Morris Steel Company was used as a building material.

As is obvious from all those windows, the home is optimized for solar panels, but the sun will heat and light things even without. The listing also notes “radiant flooring to optimize expenses in the basement” and “European designed AC high velocity delivery” as well as seven ceiling fans and a fireplace on every floor.

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Zoë’s Opens Four More Suburban Philadelphia Locations

zoes kitchenZoë’s Kitchen — the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant where most of the food is grilled — already had three local spots (Collegeville, Marlton and Newtown) when it opened yet another outpost in the Greater Philadelphia market in May of this year in Bryn Mawr. That must have worked out because there are now four more to come: Malvern, Willow Grove, Cherry Hill and Wayne. It seems people like grilled food — especially when someone else is manning the grill.

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Retreat to a Tuscan-Style Villa in Malvern With Indoor Spa

Some people like the privacy and climate control of an indoor pool and spa. Others need to feel the sunshine on their shoulders and do their laps in outdoor pools only. Still others prefer fresh water. This sprawling estate satisfies all comers, featuring indoor and outdoor pools as well as a spring-fed pond complete with its own spring house.

The estate – situated on 21 acres – is separated into three wings, delineating entertaining from private spaces easily. The bounty of wrought iron, marble and grotto features befit a proper six-bedroom, seven-bath villa.

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