Main Line Monday: Family Friendly in Bryn Mawr for $549K

205 Drakes Drum Dr., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

This Main Line home checks off all the boxes for suburban living.

Its location is ideal for anyone searching for a family-friendly neighborhood. As it’s in the Ithan Mills section of Radnor Township, with its great school system, your children will attend Ithan Elementary, Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School. The manicured backyard is spacious and ideal for playing or a swing set. The large deck is great for relaxing, entertaining and barbecuing. A retractable awning and access via sliding glass doors complete the outdoor porch. Read more »

Main Line Monday: “Dallas” in Bryn Mawr for $650K

684 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

What do 1950s ranch homes want to be when they grow up?

We strongly suspect something like this one.

Somewhere between its birth and now, it ran across owners who, it appears, had visions of Southfork dancing in their heads. The result of this cross-pollination is a home with a Main Line address but a Texas feel.

The transport begins when you drive through the gate of this handsomely updated home and scope out the meticulously manicured front lawn. Then, as you drive up the driveway, park your car in front and walk through the front door, you may hear the theme from “Dallas” playing faintly in the back of your head.  Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Carriage Manse in Bryn Mawr for $1.099M

735 Conestoga Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19090 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

735 Conestoga Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

It’s no difficult task to imagine that a house with a full-width, five-columned, two-story front porch is going to be pretty impressive. But what makes this Bryn Mawr home a surprise is that this was the carriage house for a much larger estate. Built in 1915, this home is situated on 1.25 acres of land and boasts 5,000 square feet of interior space. And that’s just the start of its awesomeness.

Let’s begin with the main level. The open floor plan layout features all the rooms you would typically find in a house – a living room, family room, dining room, and kitchen. And then, there are some extras – a breakfast room, sunroom, playroom, guest bedroom, and laundry room. Read more »

Stately Wayne Manor Gets an Agent – and a Haircut

100 Pembroke Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via Zillow

100 Pembroke Ave. in Wayne has been relisted with an actual real estate agent. | TREND image via Zillow

Recall that gorgeous brick English Gothic mansion in Wayne we featured as our Jawdropper of the Week back on January 17th?

Apparently, its owner has decided that the no-frills approach to selling it wasn’t working, despite Simple Choice Realty’s claims about its flat-fee listing service: “It’s Easy, It’s Affordable, It works!”

Maybe it works for a typical tract house, McMansion or modest rehabbed home. But it appears that a home this special, with a price tag to match, needs a real pro to market it effectively.

So this home’s owner has turned to the Beth Samberg Team at Keller Williams Realty Main Line to move this property. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Stately Wayne Manor for $7.65M

100 Pembroke Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via Zillow

100 Pembroke Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via Zillow

Those of us of a certain age – say, born after 1939 – or of a certain persuasion – say, fans of complex, brooding superheroes with colorful adversaries – know who Bruce Wayne is.

We didn’t know until now that his home was actually in the community that shares his surname.

Of course, when he designed this place in 1895, architect William Price had no idea that he was creating a magnificent home that could easily pass for Wayne Manor, the residence of Batman’s alter ego. But even if your reaction to this observation is “Who’s Bruce Wayne?”, you’ll find this marvelously updated English Gothic Revival manor a wonderfully stately home that combines old-school elegance with a distinctly modern sensibility. Read more »

Main Line Monday: This Radnor Township Home Comes with a Second-Story Pool

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

These increasingly cool mornings are really making us miss summer and this Radnor Township home isn’t helping matters: nestled on a little more than 2.5 acres, the Georgian brick manse has an outdoor lap pool on the second floor. According to the listing, the pool’s location allows for an easy view of the property’s formal gardens and koi pond.

Rest assured, though, a second-story swimming pool isn’t its only remarkable feature. Arriving at the home you’re met with a pebbled and brick walled courtyard that reminds us of another area home with distinct elegance; while inside, formal rooms include a library with fireplace and built-in glass paned bookcases and living room with French doors opening directly to the flagstone patio. Speaking of which, the patio runs along the back and extends the entire length of the house.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Radnor Barn Transformed Into Luxury Mansion

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rosemont

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rosemont

We’re filing this one under Jaw Dropper – though it would have undoubtedly fit our Main Line and Farmhouse features too – because, well, it’s incredible. Formerly a barn nestled in Radnor Township, the renovated and restored property now functions as a residential piece of eye-candy overlooking “The Willows,” a lush 47-acre township park.

Inside, the home flaunts striking original stone walls accented with distinct millwork and gas fireplaces. Beautiful woodwork is spread throughout, making appearances in the wood-paneled executive office and the wood-ceilinged (and window-surrounded) breakfast room. Other rooms of note include a fitness space, bar, second caterer’s kitchen, gender-segregated bathrooms, billiard area, and in-law suite with office. The kitchen, too, is vaunted as exceptional what with its custom finishes and double Subzero refrigerators and freezers.

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Infinity Pool Alert in Wayne!

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rosemont

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rosemont

Yes, it has a stunning 2007 Arnold Infinity lap pool on a parcel landscaped by Gale Nurseries, but now that we’ve got your attention, let us direct you inside the home…

First up, the grand reception hall, a foyer that for once is described without exaggeration as it extends from the home’s entry to a rear terrace overlooking the pool and yard. Refinished wood floors are throughout this first level, including the kitchen, which comes with an eleven-foot granite island. Fireplaces are located in the dining, living, family, and formal parlor rooms, as well as the cherry library, which comes with the added bonus of a sliding ladder (don’t get any ideas…). One of our favorite parts of the home though is the mudroom, which, true to its name should come in handy on days with exceptional precipitation thanks to its individual lockers, boot bench, and pet/boot bath.

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For Sale: Fully Revamped 18th Century Home with New Addition

TREND photos via Weichert

TREND photos via Weichert

Standing across from Wayne Elementary School is this historical property, which in addition to being on the market for the very first time, has been fully renovated into a pristine residence vying for occupancy.

Originally a Welsh stone farmhouse built in 1765, the property now claims a sprawling new addition consisting of a wood-beamed chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances and built-in wine and ice bar. There also appears to be central booth seating with lower level cabinets (of course that could be decor–what do you think?). Furthermore, general updates to the home (including those relating to coloring and windows) have been crafted to be historically accurate.

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