Radnor Township Announces $11.6M Ardrossan Deal

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Photo from The Philadelphia Story via Stand By for Mind Control

The famous “Philadelphia Story” land — represented on behalf of two family trusts by Edgar Scott III — has been the subject of ongoing neighborhood debate until developer Scott and Radnor Township commissioners brokered a compromise: The township’s planning commission would okay Scott’s plans for between 62 and 75 houses as long as the township had an opportunity to buy a tract or three to serve as green space.

And that’s exactly what’s happened: According to the Main Line Times’ Linda Stein:

Radnor Township has announced an $11.6 million deal to buy 71.03 acres of Ardrossan Farm at Darby Paoli and Newtown roads. If approved by the Board of Commissioners, the township plans to purchase the 27.65-acre Wheeler field, the 16.3-acre quarry tract and the 27.04-acre Rye field. The township land will be used for trails, wetlands and woodland preservation and protection of the viewshed.

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King of Prussia, Willow Grove, Radnor Township Top 10 Best Cities in PA

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Movoto Real Estate released its list of 10 Best Cities in Pennsylvania today, and Eastern PA — and this area in particular — does quite nicely, thank you. In addition to looking at amenities, the other criteria — crime, high school graduation rate, median income, cost of living, and home value — were measured against state averages.

Here are the towns in our neck of the woods that make the grade and an explanation of why they did so:

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Radnor Township Hearing About Ardrossan Gets — You Guessed It — Contentious

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Photo of the heated action at the Radnor Township Ardrossan meeting by Gerry Senker.

Monday night at a Radnor Township conditional use hearing, Hope Montgomery Scott heir Edgar Scott III told hearing officer Bill Bolla that he hoped to find “like minded people” to buy some large tracks of land, along with a proposed 64 to 87 smaller home lots that comprise the remaining 311 acres of the iconic Ardrossan Farm.

The purpose of the hearing was for Bolla, on behalf of Radnor Township, to determine if Scott’s plan meets the criteria of the township ordinance that allows developers to build homes on lots that are smaller than what are usually allowed, based on standard zoning rules.

Scott’s company, which applied for the conditional use is called E.S. LP. He was represented at the hearing by John Snyder a partner at the Saul Ewing law firm.

After Bolla explained who he was and what the purpose of the hearing was, he invited interested parties who wanted to be recognized as having “standing,” to step forward.

Right then and there, things got contentious.

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Main Line Spotlight: Does Ardrossan Development Threaten Historic Sites?

On August 5, the Radnor Planning Commission had its first opportunity to hear about ES3 LP’s plans for the Ardrossan estate, the land immortalized in the play and film The Philadelphia Story. Edgar Scott III, the principal of ES3 and one of the heirs in control of the Montgomery-Scott-Wheeler family trust, was, at the time of the meeting, applying for a single density modification that would pave the way for him to develop the land.

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Smashburger Smashes Down on Philly


I hope y’all are prepared, because Philly is about to get SMASHED! One of America’s fastest-growing “better burger” restaurant, Smashburger will open its first Pennsylvania location in Radnor (550 E Lancaster Avenue) on August 7th. Smashburger’s menu includes burgers that are smashed, seared and seasoned to order as well as chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, hot dogs and Häagen Dazs shakes.

Smashburger will offer local residents a regionally-inspired menu which takes the local flavors of the area and creates unique menu items, including the Philly Smashburger – a burger topped with grilled onions, Cheez Whiz and Gulden’s Mustard on a pretzel bun.

Smashburger [Official Site]

Most Unusual: Vintage Soda Fountain. Masks and Marilyn. Kings, Queens and Rooks. And One Sad Gorilla in Wayne

This extravagant three-bedroom house has a lot of the “unexpected,” as the listing puts it–but that’s primarily true of the decor rather than the inherent qualities of the home itself. From a bedroom with two different animal prints and contrasting floral patterns to a living room with an elephant painting and a large wooden giraffe statue, this is not a home that shies away from upended juxtapositions.

The freestanding bathtub looks like it came straight out of Waterworks, while another bathroom’s blurry sliding doors look like they were airlifted from Grandma’s row house. A Murano chandelier hangs in the entryway not far from a faux Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe. A candelabra in il vento.

Best of all, though, is the basement, which is fitted out to please the most curious child– or, perhaps, simply a curiously childish adult.

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Radnor Country Home Offers Convenience and Tranquility

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Radnor Country Home

Sometimes it’s possible to have it all. Take this 1942 stone Radnor country home in a lovely, serene setting.  It offers the tranquility of suburban living plus the added convenience of easy access to the city and area dining and shopping. The Okie-style main house boasts a chef’s kitchen, fireside family room and rich architectural details from the past. There’s additional living space in the studio space above the detached garage. The professionally landscaped grounds feature a stream with waterfall, in-ground pool and flagstone terraces.

Radnor Country Home

416 Boxwood Road, Rosemont 19010
Price: $2,200,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 6 full, 2 bath
MLS: 6179156

Susanna Foo Adds Dim Sum Brunch

Starting this Sunday Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor will be serving dim sum brunch on Sundays. Among the dim sum dishes are pan fried Cantonese pork buns, seaweed salad and five different kinds of dumplings, mmmmm dumplings.

In addition to the traditional dim sum dishes there are also stations for Egg Fu-Yuan (Chinese omelets) and Asian noodles.

Dim Sum Brunch Menu (PDF)
Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen [Official Site]