Jawdropper of the Week: A Château in Villanova for $4.965M

264 Abrahams Ln., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

“They don’t build ’em like they used to.”

Where have we heard this phrase before?

Probably as we were scoping some McMansion in the exurbs.

This spectacular, brand-new, French-inspired country manor in Villanova puts the lie to that statement.

Custom built by George P. Semerjian, this huge new mansion offers the best of everything, and lots of it too. Read more »

Legendary Villanova Coach Rollie Massimino Dies After Entering Hospice Care

Rollie Massimino celebrates Villanova’s win over North Carolina in the 1985 NCAA Southeast Regional final. Photo by AP.

Update: Rollie Massimino, the fiery New Jersey-born basketball coach famous for guiding tiny Villanova University to its unlikely first National Championship title in 1985, died at age 82 shortly after entering hospice care not far from his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to ESPN.

News of Massimino’s declining health broke yesterday afternoon following a tweet by University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

Massimino coached the Wildcats from 1973 until 1992, when he left the Main Line with a bitter taste in his mouth as he took over UNLV’s troubled program. The two sides buried the hatchet thanks in part to current Villanova head coach Jay Wright, who brought Massimino to Houston to witness ‘Nova’s second National Championship win in 2016.

“The ‘Nova Nation has lost a legend and great leader,” Wright said in a statement. “Coach’s love of family, community, and teamwork were evident in every game his teams ever played. All of us, as coaches and players, idolized Coach Mass. He inspired and impacted all of our lives. He never stopped being a cherished mentor and friend.”

Save for a brief three-year stint out of basketball in the early- to mid-2000s, Rollie continued coaching well into his senior years. Massimino recorded his 800th win last year while pacing the sidelines for Keiser University, a junior college located in West Palm where he coached for the past 11 seasons. In addition to Coach Mass’s 8-seed Wildcats’ improbable run in ’85, Villanova advanced to the NCAA Tournament four other times under his direction.

Massimino was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Check out this fun Q&A that Philly Mag did with Rollie a few years back here.

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Main Line Monday: A Lush Retreat in Villanova for $975K

1235 Page Ter., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Don’t want summer to end? Guess what…it doesn’t have to. Well, at least it doesn’t have to if you call this pad in the 19085 home sweet home.

Weekend beaching wraps up for most once school is back in session. But if this space is yours, you can still enjoy a dip in the pool and get a nice reprieve from the heat.

The property is outfitted with a luxurious swimming pool, tiered rear decks, manicured grounds and lush gardens. Inside, the home still feels fresh and airy courtesy of the expansive windows in nearly every room. Read more »

How to Book the Nittany Lion and Other Pennsylvania College Mascots for Your Wedding

Photo by Ovation Images Photography

If you and your fiancé(e) met a college, why not consider surprising your wedding guests with an appearance by your mascot? From the UPenn Quaker to the Penn State Nittany Lion, here’s how to bring the ultimate form of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia-area school spirit to your wedding (or other large party that several fellow alumni will be attending).  Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Palatial Retreat in Villanova for $15.9M

733 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on 4.5 acres on the Main Line’s “Golden Mile”, this expansive home will make you feel like you’ve gone on a permanent vacation. In addition to its own considerable amenities, this recently built (2002) estate home is within easy striking distance of a golf course, horse stables and riding facilities, tennis courts, jogging and biking paths, lakes and streams for fishing and boating, and a casino. Assuming, that is, that you’d want to leave this sumptuous home to take advantage of them, for it’s outfitted with many snazzy amenities of its own. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Outdoor Oasis in Villanova for $849K

1214 Valley Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

This home may look like one of those traditional, gracious Main Line Colonials that are a dime a dozen in Villanova. But looks can be deceiving, and few Main Line Colonials pull off the magic tricks this one does so beautifully.

Perhaps the first sign that you’re in for a completely different experience is upon entering the forecourt through the estate fence that surrounds the 1.69-acre grounds. Sure, there’s a beautifully manicured courtyard with a fountain, but if you look to your left and right, you’ll notice that the usual back yard amenities are right up front: a brick patio with pergola that makes a great outdoor living room on the left and a swimming pool on the right. Read more »

Main Line Monday: An All-New Château in Villanova for $1.57M

505 Thistlegreen Ct., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Traveling is overrated. Well, not really. But when you live in a brand-new home that looks like it was imported from the south of France, you might sate a lot of your wanderlust.

Architect Frederick L. Bissinger has successfully laid the framework for a mini-European village near the heart of Villanova, tucked behind the university campus. The six units in this development all combine up-to-the-minute glamor on the inside with Old World charm on the outside. Read more »

An Artist’s Gallery Home Goes Up for Sale with an Exhibition

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photo: Herb Engelsberg

626 Creighton Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg, including TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach, unless otherwise indicated

Artist Lynda Howitt draws solace from the sea. She spent her formative years living in an oceanside home in Australia, to which her parents fled to escape the murderous regime of Idi Amin, and her works frequently play on the interaction between sea and sky.

But it was a thoroughly landlocked home in Villanova that captured her fancy when she was looking for a place to live in this country.

She recognized the moment she saw it that she was about to buy an art gallery as well as a home.

“The original owners that we bought it from purposely built it to showcase their amazing art collection,” Howitt said. “Being an artist, I couldn’t help but imagine my own art on the walls when I first viewed the house.” Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Timeless Classic in Villanova for $1.5M

531 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Zillow

531 N. Spring Mill Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via Zillow

A home with a 65-foot mahogany porch is definitely one worth talking about. This mansard-roofed classic in Villanova has over 5,000 square feet of space, a whopping seven bedrooms, and four full bathrooms.

The home perfectly blends formality with comfort, as made evident by the inclusion of not one but two living rooms on the main level – one that is really fancy and another that is cozy. The formal dining room features a gas fireplace, built-in cabinetry, bay windows, and doors leading out onto a brick patio. The kitchen comes with an eat-in area, stainless steel appliances, an oversized island and a built-in desk, and provides access to yet another brick patio outside. Read more »

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