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


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


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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Beam Me Up, Scotty: Malvern Home for Sale

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Eco-conscious Malvern Home for Sale

In today’s environmentally conscious age, incorporating recycled materials into your décor is a popular design trend, and as this Malvern home for sale illustrates, a great way to add character and drama to your home. Situated next to preserved land, this home complements its modern, open floorplan with reclaimed Cypress floors and chestnut and oak timber framing from a dismantled circa-1790s barn, which accent the 34-foot cathedral ceiling in the great room. The home also features geothermal heating and cooling, as well as R30 insulation and Pella windows. Nature lovers will also enjoy the two spring-fed ponds, front pasture  and small barn.

9 Castlebar Lane, Malvern
Price: $1,699,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 3.1
5,002 sq. ft.


Malvern Estate for Sale with High-End Finishings

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Malvern estate for sale

This exquisite 16-acre Malvern estate for sale is perfectly suited for the buyer with refined tastes. Set back behind a gated driveway, the 12,000-square-foot home has a spacious floor plan with an open living room, gourmet kitchen and hand-crafted cherry billiards room and study on the first floor. Off the kitchen, you’ll find a butler’s pantry, wine bar and sunny morning room. There’s also a theater, great room, exercise room, bar and 1,200-bottle wine cellar in the lower level, and a pool with two waterfalls, cabana and stone decking outside.

36 Eastwick Dr., Malvern
Price: $4,995,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 6.2
12,103 sq. ft.

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