What $500K Will Buy You in Malvern

271 Iroquois Dr., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND image by Scott Speese via Keller Williams Real Estate – Exton

The Main Line has traditionally ended at Paoli, but with the extension of the SEPTA Regional Rail line to Thorndale, that most legendary string of suburbs gained a few new member communities.

The first of these is Malvern, the next stop on the line after Paoli. The compact borough is the site of the 1777 Paoli Massacre during the Revolutionary  War and home to several of the region’s most admired companies, including Vanguard, Liberty Property Trust and the American operations of Saint-Gobain.

New mixed-use developments with apartments above and shops and restaurants below have added more vitality to Malvern’s very walkable town center. These three homes in the surrounding townships put you within an easy drive of everything Malvern has to offer. Read more »

On the Online Auction Block: Modern Gothic in Malvern

2137 Union Hill Road, Malvern, Pa. 19355 | Photos via Concierge Auctions

The owner of this magnificent 15-year-old English Gothic Revival estate home in Malvern has spent the last four years trying to find a buyer for it.

Now that owner has decided it’s time to get the whole thing over with.

That means that sometime after 4 p.m. on July 31st, you could walk away with a beautiful traditional home filled with all the modern conveniences if you play your cards right. And if you play them right before the bidding starts, you could even get a break on the price. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: The Ultimate Sanctuary in Malvern for $2.75M

25 Mountain Laurel Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | Photos © SASbecker Photography via Dana Zdancewicz, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning.”

—T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

It may be the end of the beginning for the owners of “The End of the Beginning,” but fortunately for you, they are giving you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write the beginning of Chapter Two.

If you choose to take them up on the offer, you will assume stewardship — “ownership” isn’t quite the right term — of a truly unique ensemble of buildings that will make you feel better for living in them and sharing their bounty with your family, friends and guests.

For this estate, whose name is taken from the T.S. Eliot passage above, represents the marriage of an architect with a unique design philosophy and owners with an appreciation for both nature and art. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Lodge Yourself in Malvern for $499.9K

2066 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

2066 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via Keller Williams Main Line Realty

You may have noticed a series of homes that look like they belong in California being featured in this department lately.

This week, we’ve found one that belongs in Colorado instead.

This handsome bit of Aspen sits on four lushly planted acres in Malvern. The trees and greenery provide a measure of privacy as well as shade in the summer, and the 100 protected acres surrounding this lot provide even more. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Staying Faithful in Malvern

34 Rabbit Run Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

34 Rabbit Run Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There are more than two stones now along the driveway leading to the “Hill with Two Stones” (the English translation of this unique farmstead’s Welsh name, “Bryn Ddeu-Faen”).

Not to mention the thousands of them that went into constructing the late 1700s farmhouse and mid-1800s field master’s house that have now been combined into a single residence.

All those stones speak to this home’s deep Pennsylvania roots. And in the two-year renovation and expansion project that created this home, the owner made sure to graft the rootstock properly.

What you see here is the result of a splendid collaboration involving, among others, architect Peter Zimmerman, landscape architect Jonathan Alderson, cabinetmaker Bruce Ritter and skilled Mennonite craftsmen, along with ironworkers from Maryland and Delaware. Their end product is as authentically rustic a home as we’ve seen in quite a while, yet one that contains the amenities modern buyers expect. Read more »

BioTelemetry Makes $15.5M Offer for VirtualScopics

Alex Proimos | Wikimedia Commons

Alex Proimos | Wikimedia Commons

BioTelemetry, the Malvern-based company formerly known as CardioNet Inc., has announced it its intention to buy VirtualScopics Inc., a leading provider of clinical trial imaging solutions, for $15.5 million.

The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: Former Sunoco CEO’s Malvern Estate Includes Helipad, Riding Trails

Photo credit: HunterReed.com

Photo credit: HunterReed.com

Once a private who’s who hub springing forth in the form of swanky political fundraisers, elaborate social events, and exclusive VIP gatherings, the Radnor Hunt estate in Malvern awaits its next lavish era: the nearly 30-acre Main Line property is listed for $4.75 million.

The estate, an expansive plot enclosed by hundreds of acres of conservation land, was previously the home of former Sunoco Chairman and CEO Robert McClements Jr. Naturally, we’d love to share interior shots of the stone and cedar main house and its architecturally consistent guest cottage, but unfortunately, photos have yet to be available.

That being said, the grounds care taker does allude to the luxe ambience of the space in recalling how guests of the McClements soirées would frequently arrive and depart by helicopter thanks to the estate’s grass helipad. (No doubt this was faster than the 25-30 minute drive between Radnor Hunt and Center City.) What’s more is the property claims a half-mile long gated lane leading up to the home – can you imagine the line of high-end cars waiting to reach the entrance of one of those ritzy private parties?

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Malvern Prep Sex Scandal: Here Are the Emails a Counselor Allegedly Sent Her Student

Suspect Emily Feeney, from left, in her mugshot via Chester County District Attorney's Office, and in her Malvern Prep bio.

Suspect Emily Feeney, from left, in her mugshot via Chester County District Attorney’s Office, and in her Malvern Prep bio.

Malvern Prep is one of the Philadelphia region’s most prestigious schools, with a price tag to match: A four-year high school education will cost you over $120,000. But now the school finds itself at the center of a sex scandal, allegedly brought upon it by 40-year-old Emily Feeney, who worked as a swim coach and director of college counseling until she was recently fired. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Who Wouldn’t Love This Indoor Sunroom Pool?

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

Is it just us or are most of the Farmhouse Friday homes we feature charmingly old constructions (with the exception of this mind-blowing gem, of course) that have been restored and renovated for modern living? Because we just gotta say…we love them all!

Today’s pick comes at us from Malvern and the year 1789. It’s had renovation work and additions tacked onto it throughout the years (1928, 1988, and 2011), and comes with random-width hardwood flooring and fireplaces. Among our favorite rooms are the great room with its wood-beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling bookcase surrounding an over-sized fireplace, and breakfast room added in 2011 with radiant heat flooring and access to a sunroom with a low-maintenance indoor pool enclosed by glass doors. (Uh, yes please.)

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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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