Main Line Monday: $1.45 Million Garden Haven Designed by Walter Durham

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rosemont

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rosemont

Wrapped up in over three acres of fresh specimen trees, this scenic Walter Durham creation gives the impression of being a secluded retreat despite its proximity to Gladwyne, Narberth, and Haverford. (It’s also within five minutes to I-76.) Among its choice traits, the garden-engulfed home has a library with walk-in fireplace, brick terraces with awning, pool, and a four-stall barn with additional parking.

Inside, the property offers a granite island kitchen, stocked with several stainless steel appliances, that connects to a butler’s pantry, breakfast room, first floor laundry, and mudroom.The nearby great room, meanwhile, has a wet bar, fireplace and tray ceiling. From here, there’s access to the master bedroom via a curving staircase. Said suite includes a fireplace, his and her walk-in closets, dressing area, and balcony overlooking the grounds.

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For Sale: Adorned Penn Valley Home with Spa Room Attached to Master Suite

44 Fairview Rd, Penn Valley, PA

Where to begin? This house is distinctively outfitted to say the least (hint: see the gallery to catch a glimpse of faux stone walls, pillars, tiger print rug, etc.), but I suppose what caught our eye first was the smiling pig standing in welcome at the entrance.

From the kitchen there’s access to the dining, family, breakfast, and great rooms. This latter area has marble and limestone floors, high beamed ceilings. and sliding pocket doors that lead out to the swimming pool. It’s capable of seating up to 60 guests.

Then there’s the master suite, which opens onto a deck and outdoor pool area and has a his-and-her bathroom that includes a massage area, plus a separate spa room with heated stone floor, “Endless pool”, and what looks to be a sky muraled ceiling.  Other bedrooms and a family room are in the lower level, which has an entry to the tennis court.

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Lower Merion Okie Farmhouse Gets a Price Cut

Exterior of 825 Chauncey Road, Penn Valley, PA

Exterior of 825 Chauncey Road, Penn Valley, PA

Known for his precise hand at recreating and restoring historical buildings, architect R. Brognard Okie was commissioned to refurbish the Betsy Ross House in 1937. Three years later, the Colonial-Revivalist directed the design of this Penn Valley farmhouse on a little over two acres of land.

Singular features include iron hinges, wide-planked floors, and three “extraordinary” fireplaces. One room has a mural depicting sailing ships and rolling hills.

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Newly Listed: Main Line Home Made From Rock Hill Quarry Stone

Exterior of 1103 Montgomery Avenue, PA, Penn Valley, PA

Exterior of 1103 Montgomery Avenue, PA, Penn Valley, PA

Busy streets versus nature’s finest? With a Walk Score of 65, this Penn Valley home could offer a happy middle point. It’s within walking distance of Narberth trains and restaurants, but set back from the road to maintain privacy.

The house has minor historic standing. Architect Frederic Warner — who was a short-lived partner in Wallace & Warner — designed the home in 1923 for personal use. Not to worry, though. The current owners updated and maintained the house. Maybe that’s why the Colonial-Tudor, built out of stone from Rock Hill Quarry, still looks pristine.

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Into the Woods: Lovely, Secluded Penn Valley Colonial for Sale

This three-story colonial may be made of stone, but both outside and inside of the house, it’s all about wood. First, the outdoors: In the front, the home has a landscaped lawn and slate path. But around the home, trees grow wonderfully tall, making the enclosed patio seem like a tent pitched in the middle of the woods. Truly the best of both worlds.

Indoors, there are bright hardwood floors, white wood built-ins, molding aplenty, a wood-grain refrigerator facade, and a wooden jewel box of a room that elevates wood paneling (if you can even call it that) to an art form.

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Volare, Indeed: Bobby Rydell’s Penn Valley Home Gets a Speedy Review From Redfin

Philly teen heartthrob Bobby Rydell’s Penn Valley house is for sale. It went on the market a little more than a month ago (on the same day one of Bruce Toll’s area homes went on sale) and was described as “an entertainer’s dream,” though Rydell’s name wasn’t mentioned. Redfin’s local agent Blakely Minton quickly took a tour of the property–something the website’s agents do to personalize their listings–and had this to say about it:

House is up on the hill with a small, flat backyard area. The home is dated and needs some cosmetic upgrades, but has nice space. The finished basement is a Philly sports lover’s dream with lots of space for fun.

In the listing, that basement is described as a “rec room and music room.” Hey, got a little all-American teen idol in your soul? Or, perhaps more accurately given the decor, a Philly sports fan?

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Okie-Designed Home for Sale on the Main Line

Spotlight Listing: Okie-Designed Home for Sale on the Main Line

Designed in the 1940s by renowned architect R. Brognard Okie, famed for his Colonial Revival architecture style, this Penn Valley home has been carefully renovated and modernized to meet modern living standards. Set on almost five acres, the house balances formal and casual living spaces, offering delightful garden views. The kitchen and family areas are open concept, leading to an delightful  stone patio—a perfect set up for entertaining. Also a bonus for home entertaining: a pool and stone pool house. Upstairs you’ll find a master suite along with four additional en suite bedrooms—plenty of space for all the guests clamoring to come to your social events.

101 Fairview Rd., Penn Valley
Price: $3,349,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 5.2
6,499 sq. ft.


Bobby Rydell and Bruce Toll Put Houses on the Market Simultaneously, Of Course

It’s as if they’ve lived parallel lives, Robert Ridarelli and Bruce Toll. They both founded empires based on their names (Bobby Rydell; Toll Brothers) in the 1960s. Rydell was a teen idol with hits like “Volare” and “Wild One.” Toll Brothers was a real estate idol with hits like America’s Best Builder and National Builder of the Year. Bobby Rydell starred in a film. Toll Brothers starred in a film. They both called the Philadelphia area home. A lifetime of synergies.

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