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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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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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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Zoës Kitchen brought its quick-serve Mediterranean to the Philadelphia market in the Spring with stores in Bryn Mawr, Collegeville, Marlton and Newtown. Now, Property has the scoop on Zoës Kitchen’s next four Philadelphia-area locations.
Zoës Kitchen [Official Site]
Zoë’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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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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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
5,002 sq. ft.
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
12,103 sq. ft.
Malvern Estate for Sale
They have lacked radiant heating, surround-sound entertainment systems or his and her sinks in their day, but homes built in the 18th and 19th century can boast an unmatched craftsmanship. Take Bryn Ddeu-Faen (Welsh for Hill with “Two Stones”), a former field-master’s home and farm from the early 19th century that’s been painstakingly renovated and expanded by architect Peter Zimmerman to honor that tradition—this Malvern estate for sale is a classic. The renovation combines the former main house and farm-hands’ residence and utilized Mennonite craftsmen and iron workers from Maryland and Delaware. The home combines modern amenities while preserving historical character, and sits on four acres, offering views of Crum Creek.
34 Rabbit Run Rd., Malvern
6212 sq. ft.