Main Line Monday: Vintage Charm in Narberth for $349K

205 Elm Ter., Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The owners of this classic home in the Main Line’s most neighborly community are evidently as proud of it and its history as its builder was when he built this twin and its neighbors in 1910 — they’ve held onto a photo builder Alex Chambley took of the Elm Terrace homes shortly after their completion.

This home today looks much as it did when new. The wood trim on the front porch and windows is more colorful, and, of course, the kitchen and bathroom have been updated. But you will find all of the original architectural details that make this home distinctive still in place. Read more »

Neighborly in Narberth for $659K

5 Langdon Ln., Narberth, Pa. 19072 | Photos: John Badalamenti via Julie O’Malley, BHHS Fox & Roach

If there’s one word that could be said to describe Narberth better than any other, it’s “neighborly.” Residents adore its small-town feel and down-home charm.

And in a town that’s full of down-home charm, there are few homes that get down more than this handsome stone Colonial on a cul-de-sac in the borough’s northern reaches.

If you go to tour the place in person, chances are you may not even make it past the front porch, as you’ll be sorely tempted to just have the agent go pour you a tall glass of iced tea or make your favorite cocktail and then just sit there with you in the coolness of your outdoor front room. Read more »

Narberth Church to Fall, Apartments to Take Its Place

Bye-bye, oldest church in Narberth; hello, 20 new apartments. | Google Street View image

It would be inaccurate to say that Narberth Borough officials are thrilled at the prospect, but the Borough Council did vote 5-1 on May 17th to okay owner Jason Gordon’s plan to demolish the vacant Baptist Church of the Evangel at 198 Elmwood Ave. and build a 20-unit apartment building on its site.

In fact, as Main Line Media News reports, it might be more accurate to say that the council voted to approve the project in spite of itself. The vote to approve came after the borough’s planning commission recommended the project be rejected. Read more »

Philly Builder Recognized for High-Tech Solution to a Historic Restoration Problem

The former St. Margaret's School as it looked when Moser bought it in 2014, left, and Forrest Walk today, right. | Left photo: Cheryl Allison, Main Line Media News; all other photos: © Don Pearse Photography, courtesy T.R. Moser

The former St. Margaret’s School as it looked when Moser bought it in 2014, left, and Forrest Walk today, right. | Left photo: Cheryl Allison, Main Line Media News; all other photos: © Don Pearse Photography, courtesy T.R. Moser

When Moser Construction Management decided to undertake its first multifamily residential conversion project, it had two pretty high hurdles to clear. One was repairing the bones of a former Catholic elementary school in Narberth that had deteriorated over the years since the Archdiocese of Philadelphia closed it. The other was making sure it looked the way it did when it opened in 1925, at least on the outside, in order to satisfy Narberth Borough officials.

With a little elbow grease, some thoughtful interior design and some high-tech windows, Moser succeeded at clearing all these hurdles. Last month, Moser owner and operations manager T.R. Moser traveled to Minnesota to receive an award from the manufacturer of the windows, Integrity by Marvin Windows and Doors, and tour the manufacturing plant.

Before getting into why Marvin’s Integrity division bestowed one of its 2016 Red Diamond Achiever Awards upon Moser and his company’s project, let’s tell the story of the project. Read more »

Main Line Monday: The Main Line Dream on a Budget in Penn Valley

523 S. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Benjamin Hardy Real Estate Group

523 S. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Benjamin Hardy Real Estate Group

For many buyers, Lower Merion is one of the most desirable places to live. With its top-notch schools, easy access to the city, and charming shops and restaurants scattered throughout this township at the Main Line’s heart, it offers just about everything a sophisticated suburbanite might want.

Usually, it costs a pretty penny to gain access to all this. But not this time. Just off Montgomery Avenue on the Lower Merion side of the Lower Merion-Narberth border lies a charmingly renovated Colonial at a price so attractive that even some first-time buyers could consider it. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Eccentric Elegance in Penn Valley

612 Manor Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

612 Manor Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

Many Main Line homes are certainly grand but sorely lack in the creative department.

A wonderful deviation comes in the form of this Penn Valley home. With its soaring interior spaces, modern features and open-plan elements,  this just-slightly-off-center-hall Colonial displays a lot of imagination with its updated take on traditional luxury. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Real Sanctuary in Narberth

200 Price Ave. # ELM 5, Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

200 Price Ave. # ELM 5, Narberth, Pa. 19072 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

One of the most sensitively executed adaptive reuse projects on the Main Line is now complete, and as a result, you now have the opportunity to live in a condo like no other in one of the Main Line’s most walkable, family-friendly communities.

This top-of-the-line unit at is the result of Main Line reBuild’s conversion of Alexander Mackie Adams’ 1929 United Methodist Church of Narberth into Elm Hall at Narberth Place, with six distinctive condominium units. This one, Unit 5, occupies part of the church sanctuary, which means you get some fabulous architectural elements built right in along with the modern conveniences you might expect. Read more »

Panic at the Narberth Parklet!

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Here in Philadelphia, we have to deal with things like stop-and-frisk, the tax abatement, and the sinister soda tax. But a few miles away in the Borough of Narberth, residents find themselves confronting a whole new species of evil: the parklet. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Narberth Home With An Inviting Exterior

Not our usual MLM fare, this home offers some unique amenities.

Not our usual MLM fare, this home has some unique aspects.

Main Line Monday often features huge mansions and estates that are common in some of the Philly area’s wealthiest neighborhoods. At 3,207 square feet, this week’s house isn’t quite that. But it does have something that many of the most luxurious houses don’t—a wraparound porch.

A house could be 10,000 square feet and have four stories, but if it has a wraparound porch, you can bet we are going to lead with that. Every. Single. Time. They’re perfect for spending bright mornings with a book or warm evenings with a drink, and when we saw this house, there was no doubt we were writing about it. The stone exterior around the lower level just adds to the feels we get seeing this place.

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Main Line Monday: Adorable Starter Home in Narberth Asks Under $400,000

TREND Images via Duffy Real Estate Inc

We’re switching gears for this edition of Main Line Monday. Sure, we often feature palatial estates that offer all kinds of amenities, but there’s a decidedly different home in Narberth that caught our house-huntin’ eyes. We’ll blame it on the fire-engine-red shutters.

For just under $400,000, the picturesque starer home has a lot to offer, including a great location that’s just a short walk to nearby Narberth Playground and the Narberth regional rail station.

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