Jaw Dropper of the Week: Eagles Watch Estate In Huntingdon Valley

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Eagles Watch may sound like it was christened by your hardcore green-blooded uncle, but the truth behind the moniker of this Montgomery County estate isn’t actually that outré: it’s a home parked atop five acres filled with hundreds of mature trees and backs up to more than 800 preserved acres belonging to the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust. Naturally, the arboreal surroundings attract creatures of the avian variety, in this case the spot being of particular interest to nesting eagles. So cute!

The French Normandy-style home, custom built and completed in 2008, is said to boast fine carpentry and energy efficient amenities like seven climate control zones. Spaces of note include a stone and beam Great room with 20-foot ceiling and gourmet kitchen with hearth room, breakfast room and details like Sub-Zero fridge, stereo speaker system and Viking commercial 6 burner gas range. Downstairs, the lower level is an entertainment haven encompassing the likes of a wine tasting room, massage room, billiards parlor and game room. A fitness center with built-in bar and fridge is here too.

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Back On the Market: Sylvan Edge Listed for $1.225M

Sylvan Edge | Image from a former listing.

Sylvan Edge | Image from a former listing.

Let’s swing by a home we haven’t heard from in awhile, but know you’re dying to see once more: Sylvan Edge, that stately manse off Ashbourne Road and Park Avenue in Elkins Park. Goodness knows its (in)famous neighbor sort of took up the spotlight last time, but this time around, Sylvan will definitely be the star.

First point of interest? It’s got ties to a historically certified Center City edifice by way of its builder. According to Dennis Cook, current owner of Sylvan Edge, a fellow by the name of Joseph Greenberg developed both 1616 Walnut, these days known as the ICON building, and Sylvan Edge. The latter, which was constructed in 1928 for the sole reason of serving as Greenberg’s home, was “recognized by Architectural Digest and the University of Pennsylvania for its commanding design and craftsmanship,” Cook tells us.

What’s most remarkable about the property, however, is that you’re looking at a successful comeback that wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for a neighbor who grew up fascinated with the home and feared seeing it meet the same fate as Lynnewood Hall.

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Schools Are a Big Home Selling Point in Montco and Other Tidbits

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Is back to school season really just a few weeks away? Unbelievable. What might be more believable, however, are the numbers crunched in a new report by real estate website Trulia, which sought to find where schools are a major selling point in home sales, where they’re less so, and whether there’s something to mentioning schools in a listing for a higher listing price. Take a seat and jot some notes, Properteers!

Image via Trulia.com

Image via Trulia.com

Using data from the 100 largest U.S. metros, gathered between June 2014 and June 2015,  Trulia Chief Economist Selma Hepp writes Montgomery County mentions schools in 22.5 percent of its home listings, bringing the Greater Philadelphia suburb to no. 3 on its list of “Where Schools Are a Big Selling Point.”It should be noted, though, the Montco ranking includes data from neighboring Bucks County and Chester County.

Montgomery County was just behind Orange County and San Jose, Ca., which have 28 and 25 percent of their listings mention schools, respectively. Meanwhile, schools as a selling point was less common in places like Las Vegas, NV (.7 percent); Cincinnati, OH (2.8 percent); Nashville, TN (3.4 percent); and Pittsburgh, PA (4.4 percent).

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Glenside’s Humpty’s Dumplings Now Has A Storefront

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Humpty’s Dumplings has a storefront. And, in our opinion, one of the coolest names, like, ever.

“It’s kind of American fusion, if you will,” co-owner Patrick Doyle explains. Stuck in a daydream of the dumpling variety, I just barely caught myself before responding, “Uh, yes I definitely will.”

If you haven’t heard of them yet, you’re not alone: they’ve been working off word of mouth alone s0 far, and have served mainly the Glenside area for a while now. But Humpty’s Dumplings is making moves, and it’s about time you learn about them.

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The Montco Movie Theater Purse Thief Is Going to Jail

Movie theater patrons in Montgomery County can finally relax and enjoy this summer’s blockbusters: a prolific movie theater purse thief is going behind bars.

A Philadelphia woman was sentenced to jail in Montgomery County on Monday after admitting earlier this year to stealing purses in movie theaters in Montgomery County, the Times Herald reported yesterday. Lakisha Arrington, 29, will serve 11-1/2 to 23 months in a Montco jail. Read more »

Luke Palladino Opening Restaurant at Valley Forge Casino

Valley Forge Casino CMO Jennifer Galle and Luke Palladino | Photo via VFCR

Valley Forge Casino CMO Jennifer Galle and Luke Palladino | Photo via VFCR

Luke Palladino, who has a history with casino restaurants is adding another LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort to his portfolio. The upscale steakhouse will open this October at the King of Prussia casino. The restaurant will be an upscale steakhouse with seating for up to 205 people in the main dining room plus 25 seats at the bar, 30 seats in the lounge area, and two private dining rooms.

LP Steak will replace Pacific Prime in the Valley Forge Casino, and will join other new features of the casino including the recently opened Valley Beach Poolside Club and the relaunch of the Valley Forge Music Fair.

LP Steak joins the Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, which also includes Palladino’s on Passyunk and Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking in Linwood, New Jersey.

LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort [Foobooz]

Farmhouse Friday: 165-Year-Old Eye Candy in Montgomery County For Sale

TREND images via Realtor.com

TREND images via Realtor.com

Should my dream of living in a trinity house with five canines come to naught, here’s my alternative: living in a farmhouse-style home by the sea. More specifically, a seaside house inspired by the interior of this landlocked charmer near Pottstown.

Among its features luring me out of my self-imagined city slicker mold are original old blank hardwood floors (they’re throughout, save for the kitchen and dining area where there’s slate flooring), dining room tin ceiling, and a superbly adorable black wood-burning stove. It also has fireplaces, all of which are in working condition.

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Ezra Duker Departs Mainland Inn

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Photo via Mainland Inn

Chef Ezra Duker is leaving his post as chef less than six months after Harleysville’s Mainland Inn opened. Duker was called a “rising star chef to watch” in Craig LaBan’s recent three-bell review of the Mainland Inn.

Quarry Hill Farm and Mainland Inn proprietor Sloane Six said “we are thankful to Duker for his efforts in bringing this concept to fruition, creating a beautiful menu. We wish him success as he continues to pursue his culinary career.”

Taking over for Duker will be Brett Romberg, who worked with the opening chef in developing the menu, training the staff.

Duker, who is an alum of the French Laundry and Morimoto Napa, will oversee his final service on Saturday, June 6th.

Mainland Inn [Foobooz]

Farmhouse Friday: Your Personal “Writer’s Retreat”-Style Home Awaits in Montco

TREND images via Realtor.com

TREND images via Realtor.com

We’re going old school with this week’s farmhouse pick and we think you’ll love it: a three-acre property with a classic fieldstone farmhouse, bank barn, carriage house, and four-car garage. It’s being sold with 66 years remaining on a “100-year ground lease of additional 5.7-acre horse pasture owned by the township.”

Even better, it has a professional office with exposed beams, antique wood stove, and an enclosed spiral staircase leading up to loft designed for additional desk space. Hmm…isn’t it time you got started on that novel?

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Three Bells for Mainland Inn

Courtesy the Mainland Inn

Courtesy the Mainland Inn

Craig LaBan finds a much needed wake up to the farm-to-table trope at chef Ezra Duker’s Mainland Inn in Harleysville. La Ban finds lots to praise in Duker’s use of Quarry Hill Farm, the farm two miles away that is owned by Sloane Six, who also owns Mainland.

The extraordinary lamb dish, meanwhile, was a snapshot of two farmyard generations on one plate. A roulade made from a yearling, its braised neck meat shaped into a disk glazed coal-black with olive puree, anchored one end, while the long bones of two amazingly tender chops from a milk-fed baby arced over a spring montage of new onions, favas, and a salsa verde piquant with sorrel and boquerones.

Three Bells – Excellent

Mainland Inn: Direct from the farm, with flair and flavor [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Mainland Inn [Foobooz]

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