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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New Narberth Avenue Bridge to Feature Site-Specific Art Installations

The artistic element will be installed in the long yellow strip | Design: VSBA/Narberth Borough

The artistic element will be installed in the long yellow strip | Design: VSBA/Narberth Borough

Narberth Borough has put out a request for qualification (RFQ) for “an artist to create a site-specific, integrated artistic enhancement in conjunction with the construction of the new Narberth Avenue bridge,” according to its website.

The bridge has reached the end of its useful life and to show how important the look of this span is to the borough, they’ve brought in Venturi Scott Brown (VSBA) to assist Pennoni Engineers in its design. “We envisioned the bridge both as a connector between the downtown and residential neighborhood and as a gateway between them — as well as an opportunity to enhance the borough’s identity,” according to the project description on VSBA’s website.

On top of that, Narberth wants this project to stand out and harken back to a time when infrastructure projects were a big deal:

“The hope is that the project can draw inspiration from the time when infrastructure was a matter of civic pride and when ornamentation was considered an integral part of building projects, to commemorate or communicate important civic concepts or narratives.”

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Narberth’s Oldest (and Long-Vacant) Church Could See a Mixed-Use Revival

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

Sitting right across from Narberth Train Station and just minutes from the borough’s downtown on foot, the former Baptist Church of the Evangel awaits a potential mixed-use revival that would include 4,500 square feet of office space and four two-bedroom apartments.

According to the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison, Bala Cynwyd-based Speciality Audit Services is eyeing up the landmark structure (its original section was built circa 1891) for its offices, with plans to keep the existing basketball court as “recreational space for the office employees,” while converting other sections of the stone building into residential units.

During its time as a church, the building claimed two rows of twelve pews able to hold 200 people, stained glass windows, slate flooring, carved wooden doors, and a cathedral wood ceiling, according to the property’s LoopNet listing. Additionally, the structure contained a Sunday School wing with classrooms on two floors, two pastor’s offices, and a social room.

Per Allison, SAS principal Jason Gordon says there are plans to renovate the interior, which has deteriorated over time, and leave the exterior as is. However, the stained glass, a detail noted as “likely of little value,” would be replaced. During last week’s informational presentation before Narberth’s planning commission and local residents, architect Dave  Brawer said the apartments would range “from just under 900 to 1,500 square feet.”

Still, the question of parking looms large…

Head Scratcher Rankings: Forget Beverly Hills, Narberth Is the Place to Live

Downtown Narberth | Photo: Dan Groff/Facebook

Downtown Narberth | Photo: Don Groff

Ahhh, Narberth, we often find ourselves longing to bask in your wonderland of sunshine, streets lined with palm trees, (good) Eddie Murphy cop movies and Hillbillies shows, iconic shopping and bevy of stars living in mega-exclusive compounds. Wait, that’s Beverly Hills. Sorry, we often get the two mixed up. How is that possible, you ask? Well, Niche, a website that says its goal is to transform “the way people make big life decisions,” has ranked the Montgomery County locale as the tenth best suburb in the nation, ahead of places like Beverly Hills (12), Manhattan Beach, California (11) and even Lower Merion Township (25).  Are we proud of this? Yes, and Narberth Online’s Facebook page summed it up for pretty much everyone in the region with a simple, “In your face, Beverly Hills!” Read more »

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