Jawdropper of the Week: A Sanctuary Outside Stockton

35 Raven Rock Rd., Stockton, N.J. 08559 | Photos courtesy Addison Wolfe Real Estate

35 Raven Rock Rd., Stockton, N.J. 08559 | Photos courtesy Addison Wolfe Real Estate

Sometimes you have to pack your bags and get away. While spas are the obvious choice of most people in search of a relaxing weekend away from the chaos of normal life, Scotsfield offers you the opportunity to live in your own private spa all year long. This lush and lovely mini-estate is just outside the country crossroads of Rosemont, a few miles north of Stockton on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, just upstream from Lambertville and New Hope.

Although it was built in the 1980’s, midcentury modern energy radiates throughout every inch of Scotsfield, from the “coffee bean” oak flooring to the clerestory-roofed great room. Yet it’s kept up with the times as well, with a massive modern kitchen with all the latest amenities and a gorgeous lap pool that completes the backyard portion of this property. It’s everything you need and everything you want. Read more »

First-Time Find: Updated Contemporary Comfort in Bryn Mawr

117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate

117 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images from Long & Foster Real Estate

Sellers who photograph homes for sale, and some brokers as well, often resort to tricks to make spaces look larger than they are. It’s a shame, for usually, photos that show the spaces as they are will reveal that they have enough room for a typical buyer.

Most often, this takes the form of using a wide-angle lens to take in more of the space. This week’s featured home employs a most unusual tactic: the use of fish-eye lenses.

As we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to hang your pictures and mirrors from bulging walls, please be assured that the walls of this comfortable, recently updated home close to the heart of Bryn Mawr are perfectly straight, as some of the photos make clear. Read more »

Main Line Monday: The Wallace Residence Listed For $1.089 Million

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

In commissioning his architecture firm to design him a personal home in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia native Brenton G. Wallace made way for an Italian-influenced residence with just enough distinctive pomp to make it stand out in a sumptuous place like the Main Line. What’s more, today the home comes with a formal garden grotto, meaning no one would blame you for accidentally fancying yourself in Italy every now and again. Go ahead. Fancy away.

Teasing aside, the home really does have wonderfully eye-catching features: original iron gates and stone wall; ornate front door and iron staircase in the foyer; mercer tiled floors and radiant heat flooring are in the living and family rooms respectively; while the library contains built-in bookcases and the dining room, a built-in china closet. In addition to the master suite, the property comes with an au pair or in-law suite, which is, as of press time, tenant occupied.

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Rosemont Igloo Built By Child Contractors During Storm

rosemont igloo

Photo courtesy Norm Morrison.

Snowmageddon, Snowadelphia, whatever you want to call it — when a snow day comes to the Greater Philadelphia area, people get creative. Especially when said people are small and gleeful and be-mittened.

An image from the pre-completion phase of the igloo, below.

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Mom’s Organic Market Owner Explains Why He Chose Bryn Mawr

MOM's Rockville, Maryland store.

MOM’s Rockville, Maryland store.

Not long ago we told you that Mom’s Organic was going to open in Bryn Mawr’s Rosemont Square Shopping Center in a former Borders (from books to bok choy). Yesterday, Be Well Philly spoke with the Maryland-based chain’s owner, Scott Nash, and asked why he chose Bryn Mawr for his new store — the chain’s largest store to date:

“Our other stores in Maryland and Baltimore are in the big retail areas,” he said. “So I asked a lot of people in Philly, ‘Where is your retail equivalent?’ They all said the Main Line.”

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MOM’s Organic Market Coming to Bryn Mawr

MOM's Rockville, Maryland store.

MOM’s Rockville, Maryland store.

Be Wellers on the Main Line, listen up: You’re getting a big, new organic market come February. Maryland-based MOM’s Organic Market is expanding to our area with a new 17,000-square-foot store in the Rosemont Square Shopping Center at 1149 East Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr.

It’s the market’s biggest store to date, founder Scott Nash told me, and if all goes well, he hopes to open more MOM’s stores in our area down the pike. “Our other stores in Maryland and Baltimore are in the big retail areas,” he said. “So I asked a lot of people in Philly, ‘Where is your retail equivalent?’ They all said the Main Line.”

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Will Villanova’s Expansion Measure Up to Agnes Irwin’s? [SLIDESHOW]

A rendering of the new campus, which is now completed. Via AgnesIrwin.org.

A rendering of the new campus, which is now completed. Via AgnesIrwin.org.

Last week parents and interested stakeholders got a look at the new campus of Agnes Irwin, a private girls’ school in Rosemont, which has undergone a significant expansion with the addition of swank new facilities. Given that it’s so close to Villanova, which is planning its own expansion, we’re thinking the prep school could offer the university some tips because it clearly knows how to get things done.

The Campus Improvements Project is the culmination of a 10-year AIS master plan that involved philanthropic giving on a massive scale. Here’s what’s new (’Nova has some of this, but not all):

– 55,000-square-foot Athletic Center
– Competition-sized basketball court that converts to two full-sized practice courts
– Squash Center with four squash courts and viewing area
– Rowing Center with rowing tank
– Four new tennis courts
– Resurfaced competitive playing fields, including a turf field
– Field hockey practice field
– New softball field
– New Student Life Center with expanded dining facility
– Innovation Center for Digital Media and Technology
– Green roof (and other sustainable building elements)
– Sundial
– Weight room and workout center

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New Organic Grocery Store — But Not Whole Foods — Will Take Borders’ Rosemont Square Space

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Last week, the Inquirer’s Michael Klein wrote, “MOM’s Organic Market, a greener-than-thou grocery chain whose locations ring D.C., has signed to open its first Philly-area location. Its Facebook locates it only in ‘Rosemont,’ but insiders pinpoint it further: It will take the former Borders in Rosemont Square.”

We called the ultimate insider, Steve Bajus, founder and president of S.W. Bajus, the real estate development and management company that owns Rosemont Square. He confirmed that Mom’s will be taking 16,000 square feet (just about the same size as the current location of Whole Foods in Wynnewood) in the former Borders store at Rosemont Square.

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